Zimra dragged to court over fraudulent invoice

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has been dragged to court over an impounded Vauxhall Insignia vehicle by a United Kingdom-based Felix Nyamayaro, Zim Morning Post can report.

The vehicle, a 2014 model, landed in Durban, South Africa, in 2018 before being ferried by road to Beitbridge.

At the Zimbabwe Border Post, the Insignia got caught up in a Customs and Excise Duty scam allegedlly involving some Zimra officials and agents.

This publication understands that in Zimbabwe, the consignee was one Josephine Nyamayaro.

It is, however, unclear under what circumstances Zimra ended up registering the vehicle in Josephine’s name despite the latter’s protestations.

Zim Morning Post is in possession of a letter written to Zimra in which Josephine declined to have the Vauxhall registered under her name.

Meanwhile, in Beitbridge and at Manica Freight Warehouse, arrangements to have the Vauxhall Insignia cleared by sender’s preferred agent, Gibson Karonga were allegedly frustrated and in his place came in one Thomas Mangere.

While still at Manica Freight in Beitbridge, the vehicle reportedly went through seven security check points before it was released.

According to some registered clearance agents at Beitbridge, the security checks are procedural and allow, among other things, that all requisite differential payments, if any, are made.

“So after the seven security check points, the vehicle was released.

“Remember, all this was happening among the Zimra, Manica Freight officials and their agents of choice,” Nyamayaro said from his UK base.

This publication phoned one Hinton Sibanda of Manica Freight in Beitbridge, who in turn referred us to Mangere, the agent who eventually cleared Nyamayaro’s Vauxhall Insignia vehicle.

Mangere absolved himself of any wrongdoing, saying the fraudulent invoice represented a shortfall of what Nyamayaro should have topped up.

“There is no forged receipt here.

“The outstanding amount payable by Felix (Nyamayaro) to Zimra represents the shortfall on his invoice after he made the initial duty payment,” Mangere told Zim Morning Post.

But Zimra insists that the invoice which saw the vehicle in question released was not fraudulent, adding it was for something else quiet different from the cargo in question.

Zim Morning Post also understands that no Zimra officer has been taken to task over the Nyamayaro-Vauxhaul insignia case, bringing to question the seriousness of the taxman in stopping all those aiding and abating fraudulent activities at the country’s entry points.