Speaking to journalists during a media workshop in Harare on Wednesday, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) Director of Legal and Corporate Services, Florence Jambwa clarified on issue of confiscated foodstuffs and clothing that were donated at First Lady, Grace Mugabe’s Zanu PF rally in Buhera. She said that ZIMRA only collect revenue and keeps confiscated goods for a specific period before surrendering them to the state.
Our job as the revenue authority, we only collect goods for those who might fail to pay their taxes and not meet the demands. So if the date which is set to keep those goods expires, we then surrender them to the state, after that we then do not know what the state does with the goods.
The First Lady distributed 20 000 soaps, 50 tonnes of second hand clothing, 20 000 pairs of shoes, 20 000 litres of cooking oil and 10 000 kgs of washing powder among other things donated to Zanu PF supporters who attended her rally. She has also in the past donated countless number of shoes and clothing, goods which are reportedly confiscated at the country’s borders.