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Morris Mpofu disgraced, two days after Zimra appointment

Morris Mpofu disgraced, two days after Zimra appointment

ZIMRA board has suspended the assumption of duty of Morris Mpofu as acting Commissioner General of the Authority, two days after announcing his appointment.

This comes after outrage over his appointment following revelations that he was fired from state-owned Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) in 2019 over reports of corruption.

Rameck Masaire who was the Acting Commissioner General of ZIMRA had been set to retire effect from 1 February 2022, will now continue to serve as Acting Commissioner General.

Mpofu had been appointed acting Zimra boss to take over from Masaire despite having been fired from ZCDC.

The ZCDC board said at the material time, they had to relieve seven executives including the then Chief Executive Officer Mpofu “to rebuild public and market confidence following reports of rampant corruption and abuse of office.”

Mpofu was later cleared of the charges, however, analysts believe that when building strong institutions such cases should be taken into consideration.

The board dismissed at least 7 top executive members.

Mpofu was scheduled to start his duties at the tax regulator effective 1 February.

In 2019 residents in Marange called for Government to scrap the activities of ZCDC in Mutare saying the company which was being led by Mpofu was not serving its purpose.

In an earlier interview with Zim Morning Post, analyst Blessing Ncube said Mpofu appointment was a disgrace.

“The appointee should have appointed someone with integrity, the guy has a tainted history and we cannot have him as the Commissioner,” Ncube said.

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