ZIMRA targets municipalities

  • Gwanda municipality properties to be auctioned
  • Govt keen on tax collection yet doing nothing to develop Gwanda
  • Town has no adequate infrastructure

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) is moving in to confiscate properties in Matabeleland region, Zim Morning Post can report.

In a letter dated March 4, written by one Mbonisi Solomon Gumbo, Zimra had confiscated Gwanda municipality properties, which it will auction tommorow (Friday).

The planned auctioning of Gwanda municipality property by Zimra on Friday should be stopped immediately,” read the letter.

Gumbo said government, through Zimra, was collecting about ZWL2 million per day in Matabeleland, yet there was no meaningful development in Gwanda.

The situation in Matabeleland is different because as we speak, Zimra collects over ZWL$2 million daily, according to government but nothing is coming back to develop Matabeleland South province, let alone Beitbridge.

Gwanda, which is supposed to be the provincial capital city of Matabeleland South province, has no infrastructure to talk about.

It relies heavily on Bulawayo which has donated several traffic lights to it.

It doesn’t have adequate ambulances or fire brigade vehicles, let alone enough service delivery vehicles, including refuse collection vehicles,” read the letter.

Gumbo urged Zimra not rob off the little Gwanda has through confiscating and selling what the town has in order to clear the outstanding debt it owes the tax collector.

It would, therefore, be madness to allow Zimra to auction off the little that Gwanda municipality has,” he added.

When this publication contacted Zimra, their spokesperson Francis Chimanda said it was against his profession to disclose information on individual taxpayers.

Zimra does not comment on individual taxpayers, neither does it divulge confidential information,” he said.

Government recently came under fire from the public, amid reports Zimra had confiscated some donated medical equipment consisting of dialysis machines.

The confiscation was, however, shortlived as relevant authorities at the hospital provided documentation of duty free certificates for the clearance of the machines.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said it was lawful for goods in transit not to be released if revelant papers are not produced.

It is standard procedure to withhold imported stuff until production of duty free certificates for tax exemption.

“The key thing is applying in time,” Charamba said.