HLB Zimbabwe Chartered Accountants have revealed that suspended Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) executives received salaries which do not appear on Zimra’s payroll. They also discovered that the executive payroll was not subject to internal audits. HLB Zimbabwe Chartered Accountants were appointed by the Auditor-General’s office to carry out a forensic audit of Zimra earlier this year after allegations of corporate malfeasance.
The auditors said:
We scrutinized the bank statements and the payrolls for the executives covering 29 months, ended 31 May 2016.
We noted significant anomalies with regards to salaries processed through the respective accounts for directors but not appearing on Zimra payrolls.
We could not determine whether the suspicious and unusual deposits into their bank accounts were proceeds of crime arising from corrupt activities or acts of money laundering or anything else.
We enquired with the human resources regarding the source of the above amounts and they confirmed that these transfers did not originate from their department.