Audit exposes how Zimra boss worked for 13 years with fake qualifications

Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s (Zimra) Director of Loss Control Mr Charlton Chihuri only has four Ordinary Level subjects but has been working at the revenue authority for the past 13 years after forging his qualifications, auditors appointed by the Auditor-General’s Office have established.

This is contained in the forensic audit report conducted by HLB Zimbabwe Chartered Accountants into the operations of the revenue collector following reports by whistle blowers of corruption and poor corporate governance. Part of the audit report reads,

Our investigations revealed that Mr Charlton Chihuri misrepresented his academic qualifications to Zimra as early as 2003 when he first applied for the post of Loss Control Officer. He misrepresented that he had obtained six Ordinary Level passes, scored six Advanced Level points and that he was the legitimate holder of a Bachelor of Science Honours in Economics Degree with the University of Zimbabwe. Upon inquiry with both the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council and the University of Zimbabwe, we established that he had misrepresented his results. He neither has six Ordinary Level passes nor does he hold any degree with the University of Zimbabwe. In actual fact, he has only four Ordinary Level passes excluding English, and he failed his Advanced Level examinations with two F symbols and an O symbol.

The authority was prejudiced to the tune of US$1,6 million in remuneration paid to an unqualified person.

More: Chronicle, Herald

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