Zimra net closes in on tax dodgers 

Source: Zimra net closes in on tax dodgers | The Sunday News April 28, 2019 Ms Faith Mazani Business Editor THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) will start to access third party information from different Government databases and financial institutions to track companies and individuals that are not paying taxes as the tax collector ups its […]

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Source: Zimra net closes in on tax dodgers | The Sunday News April 28, 2019

Zimra net closes in on tax dodgers
Ms Faith Mazani

Business Editor

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) will start to access third party information from different Government databases and financial institutions to track companies and individuals that are not paying taxes as the tax collector ups its efforts to improve revenue collection.

In addition, Zimra will also swoop on the Small and Medium companies by ensuring that all the bodies and institutions that govern and register them only complete the processes after the businesses have also registered for tax compliance.

Zimra commissioner-general Ms Faith Mazani told delegates who attended a breakfast seminar organised by the tax collector last week during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo that her company would now snoop for data from Government departments that deal with business and then make follow-ups to see if the companies were also paying taxes.

“Zimra will also access different third party information databases like the Registrar of Deeds and Companies, Zinara, NSSA, Zimstat, RBZ (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) and other banks to bring unregistered tax payers into the database and grow our tax base,” she said.

The Registrar of Deeds and Companies have a database of all official companies that are operating in the country, while the other organisations keep information including financial transactions of businesses and companies. 

Ms Mazani said Zimra will also work with regional and international revenue collection agencies in the region and internationally to fully utilise the provisions of exchange of information agreements and protocols signed under the different regional blocs and monitor Zimbabwe companies.

She said Zimra will monitor trade between Zimbabwean companies and regional trade blocs such as Comesa and Sadc.

On the issue of small companies, Ms Mazani said the tax collector was now adopting a right from start approach where it will work with those registering the companies to ensure they comply with tax provisions in the country.

Zimra has been struggling to tap into the SMES sector which has over the years grown to become one of the key sectors of the economy.

Last year Zimra issued a directive for SMES to formally register with the tax collector and although more than 18 000 reportedly registered, more are still to comply.

 “For small business which is the area we feel we need to put more effort, we intend to implement the right from start approach where we partner with different institutions in Government that register and regulate small businesses to register the small business for tax purposes and to provide tax education before the registrations,” she said.

If implemented, it means organisations such as Zimbabwe Miners Federation which controls thousands of small-scale miners will only allow membership to miners that are tax compliant.

Ms Mazani said companies should religiously pay their obligations to allow Zimra to collect enough money to support social and economic programmes that are being implemented by the Government in its quest to achieve a middle-income economy by 2030.

“We urge businesses to pay their taxes in time and those still owing must come forward to agree on payment plans that will allow their businesses to continue operating. It is not in our interest that businesses close but we need the business to pay their dues,” she said.

Zimra, she added, will continue to implement measures to plug corruption. 

“Zimra will implement strategies to plug corruption, tax invasion, smuggling, money laundering and other illicit financial inflows and unethical business practices. We will continue to identify non-tax compliance through our lifestyle audits, our hotline and whistle blower programmes to enforce compliance by prosecution and garnishing orders to collect outstanding taxes.”

She said Zimra will also assign its officers to the Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency (Zida) to help Government to attract investment into the country.

ZIda will be Government’s one-stop initiative to ensure business registration is done promptly to promote ease of doing business.

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TOLLGATE FEES GO UP

The government is reviewing tollgate fees due to inflation
in a move that is set to pile misery on motorists who already have to contend
with high fuel prices.

Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza yesterday said the
new tollgate fees were likely …

The government is reviewing tollgate fees due to inflation in a move that is set to pile misery on motorists who already have to contend with high fuel prices. Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza yesterday said the new tollgate fees were likely to come into effect next month alongside higher motor vehicle insurance charges. “Definitely government is planning to increase tollgate fees

NO TO GUKURAHUNDI EXHUMATIONS : CHIEFS

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cocktail of measures to
pacify the south-western parts of the country that bore the brunt of the 1980s
massacres by the army have been greeted by strident opposition from traditional
leaders.

Mnangagwa early this mon…

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cocktail of measures to pacify the south-western parts of the country that bore the brunt of the 1980s massacres by the army have been greeted by strident opposition from traditional leaders. Mnangagwa early this month, through Justice secretary Virginia Mabhiza, announced that the government would facilitate the acquisition of death certificates for

NO TO GUKURAHUNDI EXHUMATIONS : CHIEFS

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cocktail of measures to
pacify the south-western parts of the country that bore the brunt of the 1980s
massacres by the army have been greeted by strident opposition from traditional
leaders.

Mnangagwa early this mon…

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cocktail of measures to pacify the south-western parts of the country that bore the brunt of the 1980s massacres by the army have been greeted by strident opposition from traditional leaders. Mnangagwa early this month, through Justice secretary Virginia Mabhiza, announced that the government would facilitate the acquisition of death certificates for

MDC VPs : ONE RESERVED FOR A FEMALE

One of MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s three deputies will be a
woman after the party resolved to set aside the position for female candidates
yesterday.

Chamisa has been nominated unopposed by 11 out of the 12
party provinces, with the South African …

One of MDC leader Nelson Chamisa’s three deputies will be a woman after the party resolved to set aside the position for female candidates yesterday. Chamisa has been nominated unopposed by 11 out of the 12 party provinces, with the South African branch yet to vote ahead of the May 25 to 26 congress to be held in Gweru, where the former minister will most likely be confirmed as the late

Fuel prices go down

Source: Fuel prices go down | The Sunday News April 28, 2019 Dr Gumbo Sunday News Reporter THE price of fuel has slightly gone down after the Government announced an increase in the blending ratio of petrol from five percent to 10 percent last week. In a notice, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said starting […]

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Source: Fuel prices go down | The Sunday News April 28, 2019

Fuel prices go down
Dr Gumbo

Sunday News Reporter

THE price of fuel has slightly gone down after the Government announced an increase in the blending ratio of petrol from five percent to 10 percent last week.

In a notice, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said starting tomorrow the maximum pump prices for diesel will be $3,21 per litre while that of Blend (E10) will be $3,35 per litre. Some garages had increased the prices of petrol to around $3,50 per litre in the past weeks.

“Please note that these figures take into account the revised excise duty and represent maximum FOB and pump prices for different fuels. Operators may, however, sell, at prices below the cap depending on their trading advantages,” said Zera.

The review came at a time the Government has urged the public to disregard social media reports concerning the operations of the State. Minister of Energy and Power Development Dr Joram Gumbo, said the public was widely being misled by rumours on social media and the Government had absolutely no intention to increase the price of fuel.

“I want to assure the nation that the Government, since the changes of fuel in February this year, has no intention at all to change the price of both products, which are diesel and petrol. Prices will remain constant. Prices can only change on FOB by a cent or two depending on what happens at buying,” said Dr Gumbo.

He said the nation should not depend and be misled by rumours on social media.

Meanwhile, speaking at the official opening of the ministry building at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair on Thursday, Dr Gumbo applauded the efforts and initiative done by the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC) in constructing a permanent structure at the ZITF.

“I am happy to report that since inception NOIC has been supporting the ministry in its endeavours and we applaud the company for the support that it has provided,” said Dr Gumbo.

He said his ministry’s vision was to achieve a universal access to sustainable and modern energy in Zimbabwe by the year 2030.

“The vision is critical for the development of the country, especially the attainment of the national vision as espoused by his Excellency the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa to achieve a middle class economy by the year 2030,” said Dr Gumbo.

He added that apart from NOIC there were six other State owned enterprises that fall under the jurisdiction of his ministry, which are the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, Zesa, Petrotrade (Pvt) Ltd, Finealt Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, Rural Electrification Fund (REF) and Zambezi River Authority (ZRA).

Dr Gumbo said there were intentions to construct a biogas digester at the NOIC building, as well as installing solar panels and water heaters on its roof.

“We look forward to having a building that generates its own electricity and feeds excess power into the grid as stipulated in the new net metering regulations,” said Dr Gumbo.

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The junta is scoring own goals 

Source: The junta is scoring own goals – The Standard April 28, 2019 letter to my people BY DOCTOR STOP IT My Dear People, I am sure you have noticed just how serious the internal contradictions within the Junta have become. On one hand, their spokesman, Lacoste is talking about re-engagement with the international community […]

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Source: The junta is scoring own goals – The Standard April 28, 2019

letter to my people BY DOCTOR STOP IT

My Dear People,

I am sure you have noticed just how serious the internal contradictions within the Junta have become.

On one hand, their spokesman, Lacoste is talking about re-engagement with the international community while the owners of the project are throwing the biggest spanners in the works.

Little wonder some “little nothing” publication was talking nonsense about an alleged president in Southern Africa who has been stripped of all executive powers after his employers, the Junta, felt all he has managed to do is popularise a silly dance routine using his hands while ordinary citizens suffer.

And when ordinary citizens suffer, that constitutes a threat to the continued stay of the Junta in power.

As an example, while the Junta talks about re-engaging the United States where real trade takes place, someone pulls a stinker and sponsors demonstrators to lay siege outside the US embassy.

While the Junta CEO and spokesman is busy trying to kickstart the economy into some kind of life, the real owner of the koundry is busy causing anzhayati in the business sector through works of chandayzement by calling businesspeople terrorists.

With two bodyguards standing behind him, (as opposed to Lacoste who is given one soldier to stand behind him) the leader leaves nobody in doubt as to who the boss is.

Even the winning entries at the show are a reflection of who is in charge.

To hell with such superpowers such as the USA!

If they are going to win, they will win small.

This is our own ZIT PFEE and we will show them who is in charge by not making Americans win anything.

Is it not better to make the ruling Zanu PF a winner as opposed to rewarding imperialists and slave traders?

After all, the party did well to romp to victory given some of the cadres who were deployed as candidates during the elections.

Following the visit to Belarus earlier, and given the kind hospitality which they showered us with, I think the judges at ZIT PFEE felt it in order that we
should show our appreciation by making them winners of some sort.

Country X

The new Botswana president really knows how to drive the knife through the heart.

After embarrassing us with his donations of fortified foods and medical sundries, he had the audacity to haunt us again by calling us country X as if we have
no name.

At a meeting attended by a Zimbabwean businessman, the young president though did well by exposing everything that has gone wrong with Zimbabwe.

He mentioned paying investors in a currency of their choice.

That is a subject quite close to many tobacco farmers.

After breaking their backs in the fields and tobacco barns, they are now realising that they have been deped.

The only problem with that is there may be no tobacco farmers to rip off as they will still be counting their losses.

What else is going up?

The Junta must be getting worried. With all these price increases, one wonders what their campaign messages will be come 2023.

Lacoste triggered all the hardships by announcing huge fuel price increases before fleeing to Eurasia.

Now thanks to him everything has gone up.

From bread, to nedicines amid hints that even tollgate fees will go up, meaning costs of travelling will increase further.

Do these people care for ordinary Zimbabweans? Their stay in office can be described in one word.
Failure!

Cross with Eddie

Then there is one gentleman called Edward Graham Cross.

Some people say they are Cross with him while others say they are not.

He has been saying a lot of interesting things like how G40 is buying weapons of war.

This Eddie chap, one wonders what exactly is going on. Only time will tell.

Chamisa-Mugabe-G40 Alliance

So, according to the media, Nero and G40 had come up with a strategy to return Gushungo one way or the other?

OK.

Gushungo Chete Chete!

Chatunga Chete-Chete!

Dr Amai Stop it! PhD (Fake)

Feedback: Doctorstopit@gmail.com

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Platform set for Govt, workers periodic meetings 

Source: Platform set for Govt, workers periodic meetings | The Sunday Mail April 28, 2019 Debra Matabvu Government has come up with a comprehensive consultative strategy with its employees that will see an establishment of a platform for engagement every fortnight, on issues affecting the workers. This will also include a periodic review of their […]

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Source: Platform set for Govt, workers periodic meetings | The Sunday Mail April 28, 2019

Debra Matabvu

Government has come up with a comprehensive consultative strategy with its employees that will see an establishment of a platform for engagement every fortnight, on issues affecting the workers.

This will also include a periodic review of their salaries. The development is part of efforts to improve relations between the two parties. The employees have been affected by a rising cost of living with indications that their next salary review will be in July. The July salary review comes after Government announced a $400 million cost of living adjustment package, effective this month.

It is understood that the meetings, every fortnight, will be chaired by the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and are part of the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF).

The first meeting is set for next week. The purpose of the meeting is to come up with the agenda for technical committees in preparation for the fully fledged TNF.

A TNF Bill is now before Parliament.

In an interview ahead of the International Workers Day commemorations this week, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza said Government was also working on introducing non-monetary incentives for its employees such as housing, transport and medical insurance.

“We are quite excited about the TNF Bill. It is a step in the right direction and it is set to help both parties in the long run,” she said.

“The Bill has been outstanding for seven years and I hope that by the end of May, it will have passed through the National Assembly. We have been trying to improve our relations with workers since the disturbances that took place in January such that we are now meeting regularly with both Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) and Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Union (ZFTU).

“I met with the unions last week and we agreed that the meetings be held fortnightly. Government recently reviewed civil servant salaries with effect from April 1 and we are going to have another salary review in July this year.

“The cost living adjustment will, however, run up to December this year. We are also in the process of introducing low income houses and this is at an advanced stage.”

Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Union (ZFTU) secretary general, Mr Kennias Shamuyarira said relations between Government and workers is improving.

“There have been commendable steps that Government has been taking such the TNF Bill,” he said.

“Last week, we met with Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Dr Sekai Nzenza and we agreed that trade unions, which means ZCTU, ZFTU and the Minister will be meeting every fortnight to discuss matters of interest that will be put forward in the TNF. The next meeting is on Thursday, the week after May Day.”

Government has been putting in place measures to improve the welfare of its employees.

Recently, civil servants got the green light to import vehicles duty-free as part of non-monetary incentives. The duty-free scheme is covered by Statutory Instrument 52 of 2019 and will see those with 10 years in service qualifying. In addition, a $60 million housing facility for civil servants was unveiled as part of the non-monetary incentives.

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There goes ED bluffing, yet again! 

Source: There goes ED bluffing, yet again! – The Standard April 28, 2019 Corruption Watch WITH TAWANDA MAJONI History has a rich record of dumb presidents, so you really don’t worry too much when President Emmerson Mnangagwa forgets the name of the National Sports Stadium or messes up simple math during a political rally. Jacob […]

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Source: There goes ED bluffing, yet again! – The Standard April 28, 2019

Corruption Watch WITH TAWANDA MAJONI

History has a rich record of dumb presidents, so you really don’t worry too much when President Emmerson Mnangagwa forgets the name of the National Sports Stadium or messes up simple math during a political rally.

Jacob Zuma got his tongue stitched up for twisting it to pronounce a simple number, apparently for mostly being so used to spelling: “shower” and “Guptas”.

And Donald Trump at one time, if not even now, thought that climate change was merely in the imagination of Mexican morons looking for an excuse to jump the border into his country, so they must be stopped with a high wall. From Warren Harding to Bill Clinton, American leaders, for instance, revealed a rare show of thickness that was more entertaining than sad so they got forgiven for that too.

But you don’t get too ready to forgive the man they call Mnangagwa for showing weird political ignorance. Or at, least, feigning ignorance. It’s the same thing, though, when you get to the crunch, because pretending that you don’t know something when you are supposed to know it is the same thing as being ignorant, so much so that people won’t give you a chance but haul you to the morons’ class without thinking too hard about it.

Just recently, Mnangagwa claimed that he wasn’t aware how deep-seated corruption in Zimbabwe was. It was useful for him to remind the people that the police, prosecution and courts were as rotten as they come, but for him to say that he didn’t know that graft was such a rampant ailment here can’t stick. It’s a crass version of dumbness.

It would never make sense right from the start, anyway. Even before the army walked him to the throne on its shoulders after the ouster of Robert Mugabe in late 2017, ED was always howling and moaning about corruption. He was vice-president then. Where would he be getting that stuff if he didn’t know just how bad things were for the country? Besides, after assuming the presidency and he was running to legitimise his militarised ascension to power, he made the fight against corruption a cornerstone election manifesto pitch in 2018. In between, he would shout “Corruption!” at every drop of his scarf.

Here is why Mnangagwa’s claim of ignorance doesn’t wash. He knows no other job but being a Cabinet minister. He was part of the senior hierarchy of government from independence in 1980. He was State Security minister, so the omni-present spooks must have been advising about how corrupt the civil bureaucracy was getting over the years. Unless he was busy with other things.

Note, though, that “other things”, the Zanu PF way, is never a flattering phrase. Because it means you would always be busy in the kitchen either looking for the cookie jar or sticking your fingers in there. The only difference would be that focusing on the cookie jar may distract you from what the next guy is doing.

In practice, this isn’t possible, of course. For you to know where the cookie jar is, you must naturally know who else is on the prowl and what window they are sneaking in through. You also need to get a whole host of people helping you get over the window, door or whatever aperture is there.

And Mnangagwa was also the Justice minister, speaker of Parliament, head of government business in Parliament, Defence minister and, of course, vice-president between 2014 and 2017. He couldn’t have been sleeping on the wheel all that time, so President Mnangagwa must have known how the corrupt “gooks” were doing their business when he was with the Justice ministry. Criminal cases passed through his desk, dockets were disappearing, charges were being cooked up and judges, magistrates and prosecutors were getting all manner of bribes while they were not being manipulated by the powers-that-be. And chances were he was part of that sweltering scandal.

As speaker of Parliament, he got to know a lot about the fabric of corruption in Zimbabwe. Oral hearings took place. Corruption was also robustly debated in parliament.

Just grab the next Hansard while he was still in that office and you will know what this is saying. Again, as the Head of Government Business in the august house, so many things were said and done. A big amount of that pertained to corruption in whatever form.

What was Mnangagwa doing as VP not to know that corruption is such a big issue in Zimbabwe? For starters, corruption trackers such as Transparency International were religiously milling out reports on the huge extent of graft in this country, local civil society and other watchdogs were doing the same and even the war vets were hollering about it. Wasn’t he listening? If not, how come he started talking about corruption as if his political future hung on that?

At times, he was the Acting President and lots of nasty, rotten stuff happened then. He had access to whole mounds of intelligence documents, engaged with business, politicians, the security sector and all sorts of people who must surely have advised him on the reach of corruption in Zimbabwe.

So, why is Mnangagwa giving that sissy moan about not knowing much about how far our systems have been corrupted? In other words, why has he decided to lie to us once again? Nobody but himself would know the real truth, but there is a good cause to assume that he is playing some slimy politics with the people as he has always done.

One possible reason is that he is feeling guilty about his gross failure in fighting corruption as he has promised the nation since late 2017. His anti-corruption deck is leaning to one side and looks set to be crumbling. Knowing this, he must find an excuse — never mind the lameness — for his failure and hopefully scrape something out to enhance his political self-preservation, considering that he nurses the ambition to run again in 2023.

But that’s not what will make people start thinking that he is a clever guy and vote him into office again. He must just do the right thing. Now that he knows the extent of corruption in the country as he claims, that must be used to inform a sustainable and anti-graft strategy. The business of fighting corruption can’t proceed from assumptions and political speculations but a grounded framework.

Anti-corruption fights follow basic routes. Get your framework in place, decide on corrective actions, study your systems and identify the gaps and centre everything on a policy that brings together all the relevant stakeholders together. Simple.

Tawanda Majoni is the national coordinator at Information for Development Trust (IDT), a member of the Global Investigative Network (GIJN) and can be contacted on tmajoni@idt.org.zw.

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Mnangagwa has to walk the talk 

Source: Mnangagwa has to walk the talk – The Standard April 28, 2019 EDITORIAL Over a year after President Emmerson Mnangagwa swept to power on the back of a military coup where he promised “a new and unfolding democracy”, Zimbabwe has hardly changed. The groundwork had been laid for Mnangagwa when he came to power […]

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Source: Mnangagwa has to walk the talk – The Standard April 28, 2019

EDITORIAL

Over a year after President Emmerson Mnangagwa swept to power on the back of a military coup where he promised “a new and unfolding democracy”, Zimbabwe has hardly changed.

The groundwork had been laid for Mnangagwa when he came to power in November 2017 after Zimbabweans voted for a new and progressive constitution four years earlier.

His predecessor Robert Mugabe was never interested in reforms that would have made it easier for Zimbabweans to challenge his tight grip on power at the time.

As Justice minister under Mugabe, Mnangagwa also failed to ensure the alignment of several draconian laws to the constitution especially those that infringed on citizens’ rights to freedom of association and speech.

He fought tooth and nail to defend criminal defamation laws that were routinely used by the previous regime to silence the media.

It, therefore, came as a relief when Mnangagwa’s government announced that it was repealing two notorious laws enacted during the Mugabe years, which are the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa).

Some believed Zanu PF was finally embracing democraccy. The two pieces of legislation that have an uncanny resemblance to colonial laws used by Ian Smith’s regime to suppress the indigenous people were Zanu PF’s sharpest tools in the box to the keep the opposition at bay.

So far the government has gazetted a proposed replacement to Posa in the form of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill.

However, lawyers have already raised red flags describing the differences between Posa and the proposed new law as “depressingly few”.

According to Veritas, a local legal think-tank, “the provisions of Posa have been copied slavishly in the Bill so that all Posa’s undemocratic features have been retained”.

These include empowering police to ask political parties for lists of members of office-bearers who attend meetings of committees and structures.

Zimbabweans would still be expected to give police seven days’ notice before they could hold meetings and strangely the Bill does not indicate that Posa is being repealed.

Veritas rightly concluded its analysis of the proposed law by saying “the draft Bill is not new wine in an old bottle: it is the same old wine in the same bottle with a new label stuck on it.”

And we couldn’t agree more. Mnangagwa and his government need to up their game if they want to be taken as serious reformers.

A year is long enough for the president to show that he is committed to a new democracy. He needs to walk the talk on reforms.

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