|Zimra acts on revenue leaks, corruption|
|Tuesday, 08 May 2012 00:00|
Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
The new system will also ease payment of taxes as Zimra will be working with actual figures.
This, according to Zimra, is meant to deter its staff from engaging in illegal activities in their day to day duties.
Presenting evidence to the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion, Zimra Commissioner General Gershem Pasi said the new system, when adopted will go a long way in curbing leaks especially from mining houses.
“When you look at returns from the mining sector to the fiscus, it doesn’t match, even in tourism it’s the same, that is why we want to link up with everyone,” said Mr Pasi.
“That is a challenge, that is a nightmare (monitoring at mines), right now we have issues with diamonds. The focus is on Chiadzwa but we have other areas which are producing diamonds.
“Even with platinum, because of the high value of the platinum group of minerals we would require an army to be stationed there,” he said.
The new system will enable Zimra to monitor production at companies and compare whether what the companies ultimately pay in taxes tallied with levels of production.
Last year Zimra collected US$2,5 billion in revenue although Finance Minister Tendai Biti acknowledged in his budget statement that Government was being prejudiced of potential revenue by mining companies largely through under-declarations.
Zimra director for information and communication technology and infrastructure, Mr Tjiyapo Velempini, said they had already engaged CBZ Holdings and Kingdom Bank for a pilot project on the system.
“We have been installing servers that will allow us to integrate with various organisations such as the Central Vehicle Registry, the Deeds Office, the Registrar General, Zinara, clearing agents and others,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Pasi acknowledged that corruption was a problem in his organisation and has engaged the ZPS on the issue.
He, however, bemoaned the involvement of law enforcement agents in corruption at the border posts saying this was making it difficult for them to curb the vice.
The person paid a US$250 bribe to be allowed to leave with US$18 000 instead of US$10 000 as required by the law.