Government lives the talk

by Bernard Mutambudzi

Government lives its talk as it takes a raft of measures in the current new administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa which has seen the incompetent Zimra board being fired.

While presenting his statement on Monetary Policy yesterday at the Central Bank headquarters in Harare, Finance Minister, Professor Mthhuli Ncube dissolved Willia Bonyongwe led Zimra board with effect from yesterday

This is the beginning of raft measures the Government is partaking to get its finances under control.

“In order to enhance governance at Zimra, I hereby terminate the term of the current board with immediate effect. I have proposed names of the new board members which are currently being cleared,” said the Minister.

He said Zimra executives would be in the interim period be reporting directly to the Treasury until such a time the new board has been appointed.

“Zimra senior management will be reporting directly to Treasury. I take this opportunity to thank the outgoing board members for the services rendered. Zimra senior management is hereby, directed to cease all recruitment of new personnel within Zimra until a new board is in place. This is to allow the new board to have input into critical appointments,” he said.

The dismal comes after President Mnangagwa said it was no longer business as usual both in Government and parastatals.

On its accord, Zimra reportedly failed to collect over 4.2 billion from defaulting companies in the private sector backdating March this year.

Some of the board members were vice chairperson Percy Toriro, Betty Katiyo, Sarudzai  Njerere, Nation Madongorere, Arnold Chidhakwa and Nompumelelo Mellyora Abu-Basutu.