More Zimra officials nabbed

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HARARE – More Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) officials accused of swindling their employer of various amounts of money following botched car import deals, appeared in court yesterday.

Zimra director internal audit, Clive Charles Manjengwa, 52, director loss control, Charlton Chihuri, 40, and director human resources and administration Sithokozile Mrewa, 47, appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe facing criminal abuse of duty charges.

They are being charged with criminal abuse of duty.

Manjengwa, Chihuri and Mrewa were granted $500 bail each.

They were also ordered to surrender their passports, not interfere with witnesses, and continue residing at their present addresses and report twice a week at CID Vehicle Theft Squad as part of bail conditions.

Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa alleged that between June and July last year, Manjengwa connived with Timothy Simfukwe, a director at Eftrade Ventures, who is a car dealer and Liberty Tinashe Mahembe, a clearing agent based at Beitbridge Border Post and hatched a plan to defraud Zimra.

The court heard that Manjengwa wanted his brand new Toyota Land Cruiser undervalued and declared second-hand.

It is further alleged that he connived with Simfukwe and Mahembe to have the car imported in his name instead of Eftrade Ventures; which was the actual importer.

This was reportedly intended to exert influence on junior officers stationed at Zimra Beitbridge to act on the misrepresentation as Manjengwa ended up accounting for reduced import duty than was due.

According to State papers, Zimra was prejudiced of $32 825,18 because of the flawed transaction.

Chihuri and Mrewa allegedly adopted the same modus operandi and engaged Simfukwe and Mahembe to misrepresent that a Toyota Land Cruiser they had imported was second-hand.

The court heard that Chihuri and Mrewa’s conduct caused Zimra prejudice of $32 939,21, $20 046,40 and $24 156,17, respectively.

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