In a statement, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Commissioner General, Ms Faith Mazani, yesterday confirmed that the commissioner responsible for investigations, Charles Jaure had been suspended with immediate effect to pave way for investigations.
The suspension follows indications that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) was investigating Jaure for demanding a bribe from a whistleblower who had exposed improper financial dealings at NetOne. Mazani said Zimra is doing its own investigations into the matter. Said Mazani:
Zimra is doing its own investigations on the matter. The official in question has been asked to proceed on leave of absence to allow investigations to be carried out. Zimra will give Zacc any support they require as they carry out investigations into the matter.
Meanwhile in an interview with The Herald yesterday, Zacc Investigations Committee head, Commissioner Goodson Nguni said investigations were still continuing. Jaure allegedly asked a bribe from a whistleblower to expedite his payments after he reported NetOne for tax evasion of non-resident tax, withholding tax, value added tax, income tax, special exercise due on airtime and pay as your earn in 2015. Zimra allegedly recovering about $18 million and Jaure, allegedly asked for a bribe from the whistleblower to facilitate payment of the $1,8 million.