Former commissioner-general of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Gershem Pasi has claimed that he is struggling to get his terminal benefits from the state revenue collector. He is claimed that he walked away empty-handed despite 35 years of government service and that he is receiving summons from financial institutions because of some loans he took when he was still employed by Zimra . In an interview with the Daily News, Pasi said,
For the 35 years in government service, I walked away with nothing. I am struggling now to get the small terminal benefits due to me and the leave days I had accumulated and that same car they accused me of registering as a (Toyota) Vitz, they took it away. So I walked away without even the vehicle I was supposed to be offered at book value. So I walked away with nothing.
…it’s difficult because I have no one to engage because the board has refused to talk to me. But now that they have taken the matter to court, I will get my lawyers to put a counterclaim so that I get what is rightfully mine in terms of my contract of employment. People say I resigned to avoid being fired. Yes, I was going to be fired because it was a Kangaroo court and I refuse to authenticate that process. For instance, my contract was drafted and or reviewed by Kantor & Immerman as our corporate lawyer(s) but during the hearing, you get Kantor & Immerman sitting on the opposite side with the board chair (Willia Bonyongwe) arguing that provisions of my contract are null and void. That’s serious conflict of interest. And then tell me, if it were you, would you proceed with a process that the final verdict is already determined?
I have been receiving a lot of summons, banks and so forth. It’s normal because I had an income which was at a certain level and my expenditure was on a certain level and one of the loans was based on a company-assisted scheme and I would not have taken the loan if I knew things would end this way. My contract was supposed to end in October this year. So, some of the loans had been earmarked to end there. So it’s not easy, so it’s inevitable even to be taken to court. Fortunately, I have a farm and since 2003, I have been developing it so I won’t die of hunger.