HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe tax agency ZIMRA (Zimbabwe Revenue Authority) said Wednesday it is owed
2.5 billion U.S. dollars in unpaid taxes mostly by companies.
Commissioner General Happias Kuzvinzwa said the tax agency will soon start
attaching properties of tax evaders, news agency New Ziana reported.
countries they send tax dodgers to prison and after serving, you will still be
required to pay the tax, but in Zimbabwe we have not yet gone that far,”
It was a
“betrayal” of trust vested in companies by the people if they failed to pay
their taxes, he said.
diligently pay Value Added Tax when they purchase goods but when it comes to
remitting, they do not,” he said.
In the past
two years, ZIMRA has given companies owing the tax collector a special
dispensation to pay up or stagger payments without facing any penalties.
companies, however, responded to the dispensation.
have slammed the tax agency for being “too harsh” on them at a time they are
struggling to survive in a difficult economic environment.
been struggling to meet revenue targets in recent years due to shrinkage of the
formal sector as a result of the poor performing economy.
In over a
decade, the Zimbabwe government has largely relied on taxes to finance the
national budget, hovering around 4 billion dollars annually for the past few
years, after Western donors cut budgetary support over accusations of human
Zimbabwe accuses West of propping opposition
ahead of 2018 elections
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba on Wednesday
accused Western powers of propping the country’s opposition ahead of the 2018
93-year-old will most likely meet strong opposition from his former deputy in
both government and the ruling Zanu-PF party Joice Mujuru and former Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of MDC-T as the two and other opposition figures mull
a coalition to end his rule.
The EU on
Tuesday invited civil society organizations (CSOs) to submit proposals on
projects “to promote democratic participation, good governance and
accountability as well as dialogue amongst the different stakeholders in the
country,” pledging 5.3 million U.S. dollars to the cause.
It said the
call was launched in the framework of the 11th European Development
Fund (EDF) National Indicative Programme (NIP), signed between the EU and the
Zimbabwean government in 2015, which marked the resumption of full development
cooperation between Zimbabwe and the EU.
Charamba, who is also Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting
Services, while remarking on the EU action, said the government was aware of
machinations by the West to support the opposition ahead of the elections.
“The beast is
in heat again. We are slowly inching towards elections and the westerners are
back with their mischief, except they don’t know we are watching,” Charamba
“We are also
aware of their involvement in other areas, including fomenting instability in
the labor market,” he told the state-controlled Herald newspaper.
is currently being rocked by strikes in the health sector where government
hospital doctors want their conditions of service improved, while other civil
servants are agitating for industrial action following government’s failure to
pay their 2016 annual bonuses.
the EU in February 2015 signed the NIP joint cooperation strategy funded by the
EDF, under which the EU would provide development assistance amounting to 270
million dollars to the country.
envisaged support to civil society in their participation in public policy
formulation, transparency and accountability, among other areas.
between Zimbabwe and the EU have been frosty since the early 2000s when the
African government expropriated white-owned farms and parceled them out to
formerly landless blacks in often violent incidents that left several white
farmers dead or wounded.
The EU has
since then been accused of supporting opposition parties in a bid to remove the
country’s long serving President Mugabe from power.
Zimbabwe seeks funds to repair
roads damaged by rains
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) ---
The Zimbabwean government said Wednesday it needed 100 million U.S. dollars to
urgently repair roads that have been damaged by heavy rains.
Infrastructural Development Minister Joram Gumbo told a press conference that
some sections of the country’s road network had become impassable after bridges
were washed away by the heavy rains in the season 2016-17.
He said the
situation had been compounded by the downgraded Cyclone Dineo that hit southern
parts of the country last week, causing substantial damage to roads and bridges.
washed-away bridges had seen some rural communities being cut off from essential
services, resulting in them travelling longer distances to get to places that
are “just next door”.
villagers were improvising and using ladders to cross over damaged bridges that
were still standing, the minister said.
of Finance was leading the resource mobilization process and had so far raised
14.5 million dollars, while the national road authority, ZINARA, was in the
process of raising 50 million dollars from banks for the road repair works,
according to the minister.
authorities have commenced on the first phase of urgent and emergency works, and
will continue until all emergencies have been addressed,” the minister said.
He said they
hoped to complete urgent road repair works in 30 days and all the other roads,
including those in urban areas, in six months.
government in January declared pothole-littered Harare roads a “state of
disaster” and said it would move in to assist the council to repair them.
Zimbabwe needs to improve
infrastructure to attract tourists: survey
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe needs to improve its tourism infrastructure and solve the problem of
high pricing to make it a competitive destination in southern Africa, according
to findings of a recent study whose results were released Tuesday.
the report by state news agency New Ziana, the Zimbabwe-Visitor Exit Survey (VES)
showed that the majority of visitors coming into Zimbabwe were visiting friends
and relatives (31.1 percent) while transit visitors accounted for the second
largest proportion with 29.5 percent.
coming for leisure were third at 18.2 percent followed by religion, an emerging
form of tourism in Zimbabwe which accounted for 5.1 percent.
was carried out in 2015-16 by the Zimbabwe Statistical Agency on behalf of the
Tourism Ministry. It recommended that there was need for the country to address
the issue of high pricing to make Zimbabwe a competitive destination.
also recommended the improvement and development of robust tourism
infrastructure and continuous training of frontline police, immigration and
customs officials in order to improve the reputation of Zimbabwe as a hospitable
objective of the VES was to collect information on tourism expenditure to be
used in the compilation of the country’s inaugural Tourism Satellite Account.
received 2.1 million visitors in 2015 up from 1.2 million in 2009. The country
is targeting to reach 5 million visitors bringing in 5 billion dollars in
tourism revenue by 2020.