Officials responsible for the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) for the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) are reported to be living in fear for their lives after receiving death threats. One of the officers was also involved in a highly suspicious accident last week. ECTS is a system which is used to detect and prevent smuggling of goods by companies and individuals which pretend to be passing through Zimbabwe on their way to other countries. A Zimra official who spoke to the Zimbabwe Independent said:
We have been receiving death threats and we are living in fear. One of our guys was involved in a freak accident last Friday. Now after receiving the death threats, we are not sure if the accident was genuine or an attempt on the Zimra official’s life, considering the car didn’t have any form of registration.
The driver attempted to flee the scene of the accident twice. The guy had no form of identity on him. Moreover, his car had no number plates, no vehicle registration licence, nothing at all.
Zimra board chairperson Willia Bonyongwe said the revenue collection authority is considering getting security for its officials.
I heard about the accident and it’s a serious issue of concern if it is proved that the accident was not really a normal accident. We, however, feel that it is time Zimra officers get some form of security.
More: The Zimbabwe Independent