Government warns organisations using Covid-19 donations to evade duty

BY ZBC Reporter

THE Government has warned organisations using COVID-19 and Cyclone Idai donations as publicity stunts to evade paying duty.

Some companies are allegedly using Covid-19 and Cyclone Idai donations to avoid paying duty.

This emerged when the Director for the Civil Protection Unit in the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Mr. Nathan Nkomo appeared before the Budget and Finance Parliamentary Portfolio Committee this Monday.

The Committee, chaired by Chikomba West National Assembly Member, Honourable Felix Mhona sought clarity on how the government is accounting for various donations that have been made towards humanitarian efforts.

“Some companies made pledges to build 500 houses for Cyclone Idai victims and they did not honour their pledges.”

In response, Mr. Nkomo said all mechanisms are in place to ensure that donations reach the intended beneficiaries.
“We have created a manual register which goes hand in hand with a computer-generated register because the computer one can be tampered with.”

With the second republic having pronounced zero tolerance on corruption, it emerged that the government has engaged external auditors who are currently working to ensure that everything is accounted for.