Two former Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) bosses appeared before Harare Magistrate Ruramai Chitumbura today facing allegations of fraud and were released on $500 bail each. The duo, Taurayi Mugwiji and Francis Chari were also charged with criminal abuse of office.
Mugwinji, who was employed by ZIMRA as a finance and administrative manager tempered with the company’s payroll system installed through a company called Touchstone Computer System Pvt Ltd. He unlawfully undervalued his salary in the payday payroll system without the knowledge of the complainant Chiedza Stella Manyangadze. According to the state, Mugwiji’s action caused Manyangadze to deduct and remit to ZIMRA PAYEE which was not equivalent to Mugwiji’s salary. The misrepresentation resulted in Mugwiji remaining with a total amount of $20 711.59 in his salary which he converted to his own use.
Chari, a ZIMRA employee appeared in court today answering to criminal abuse of office after he allegedly issued a Commercial Temporary Import Permit to an unqualified vehicle. However, the two were granted $500 bail each with conditions to report to CID CCD twice a week, surrender their passports to the clerk of court and not to interfere with state witnesses.