Zimra boss awarded himself $1 million in benefits without board approval

An audit has revealed that suspended Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner-General Gershem Pasi fraudulently awarded himself $1 million in benefits outside his contract, after seeking approval from his subordinates instead of either from the board or the parent ministry.

Auditors, HLB Zimbabwe, also raised eyebrows over the circumstances under which he authorised the Zimra director of human resources, Ms Christine Msemburi’s, secondment to Kenya where she was paid relocation allowances and other benefits before approval had been granted by the board and parent ministry.

The audit said Mr Pasi should be held liable for a $128 000 performance award, leave encashment, air tickets, holiday allowances and other benefits paid to Msemburi at a time she was not offering any service to Zimra since she was already working for the World Customs Organisation Regional Office for Capacity Building in Kenya.

Part of the report reads,

Our investigations revealed that benefits that are not specifically stipulated in the Commissioner-General’s contract of employment are both approved and paid to him by his subordinates without board approval. During the period under review, the Commissioner-General was paid $374 451, $204 463 and $136 374 for motor vehicle allowances, holidays allowances and performance awards respectively without specific board approval.

In one instance, Pasi was paid $15 525 in legal expenses to negotiate his own contract while in another case, Mr Pasi sought approval from subordinate to have his daughter drive a Zimra vehicle.

More: Herald, Chronicle

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