Zimra Officials Arrested After Failing Lifestyle Audit

Two Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) employees were arrested after they failed a lifestyle audit initiated by the Special Prosecuting Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

According to documents seen by Business Times, the two; Tapfumaneyi Zunguza (Revenue Supervisor) and Catherine Laji (Revenue Officer) (husband and wife) are accused of money laundering, an act which saw them allegedly accumulating unexplained wealth in the form of properties in Harare. They are expected to appear in court soon. The complainant in the matter is Lydia Mupunga who is employed by Zimra as a loss control officer.

The couple purchased residential stands number 3807 and 3808 Mainway Meadows, Waterfalls in Harare measuring 475sqm each from Waymark Investments sometime in 2009. During they also purchased another stand, number 237 Helensvale, Borrowdale in Harare measuring 2200 square metres from Eugene Manyora. The properties were valuated and the total value is estimated at $762 000. In 2011, the accused persons started constructing houses on these stands and  construction was completed in year 2013. The couple earned a total of $60 053,13 from the date of employment and had no any other income facilities which could afford them to purchase the properties in issue. They denied allegations that they acquired the money through criminal activities. They alleged all the properties belonged to Ali Manjengwa who resided in United Kingdom, but no further particulars were supplied. The failed to reveal they bought a Mazda BT50 double cab bought for US$40 000 using cash and the vehicle is registered in the name of Zunguza.

More: Business Times 

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