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Zimbabwe needs to be smarter as a country – Zimra boss

Zimbabwe Revenue Authority boss Gershom Pasi yesterday said Zimbabwe needs to be smarter as a country and know all its revenue so that it can allocate it appropriately and know what the money is going to be used for. He told the Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Economic Development that his department was being asked to raise revenue for the government yet there were some government departments that raised revenue and never accounted for it, yet they still wanted to be paid by treasury. “For instance, an example which comes to mind readily, we all know the roadblocks that we have. Sometimes we hear figures of US$3 million, US$7 million, being collected per month from those roadblocks. That is the amount which finally gets to be accounted for, not talking about what goes into the policemen’s pockets. And then at the end of the month we have an issue with Treasury, they want money for salaries for the same people who are collecting. We still need to find money for fuel to take prisoners to the courts and so on, but we don’t get a schedule of how all those monies which are being collected elsewhere are being accounted for. We need to be smarter as a country and have all our revenues and then when we are allocating we know that we have allocated all that we have and it has gone to the approved use.”

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