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THE Zimbabwe Human Rights commission (ZHRC) has admitted that they “are evading” tax, saying it was doing so because government is failing to pay “us” salaries on time.
Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Commissioner General Gershem Pasi recently announced that they are owed $1 billion in tax by some government departments.
Pasi told Parliament last week that he was going to close down at least five unnamed companies over tax evasions.
Appearing before Parliament thematic committee on Human Rights this week, ZHRC chairperson, Elasto Mugwadi, said they have approached Zimra and NSSA and pleaded for time to remit tax.
“Our officers have not been paid since October up to today; what we have had to resort to is using the funds that are supposed to be subscribed to our medical aid society, to NSSA, and to Zimra to pay the officers.
So we are in serious arrears in terms of our obligation to the tax man.
“We owe the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority $26 000 and the National Social Security Authority close to excess of $20 000,” testified Mugwadi.
Commissioners, according to Mugwadi, are supposed to get salaries which are equivalent to practicing Supreme Court Judges but are using public transport to and from work.
“Commissioners, when they were appointed, were told that they were eligible for personal vehicles.
I was in cloud nine when I was advised that I was eligible for a Mercedes Benz but I am going to be retiring without even getting a bicycle.
So I have to commute all the time if my own Skorokoro (old battered car) is down by Kombi to work and back home”.
Last month, Mugwadi said they were experiencing an exodus of commissioners over non-payment of salaries. source-newzimbabwe
photo-Waiting for a Benz … ZHRC boss Elasto Mugwadi