Zimra official up for extortion

By ZBC Reporter
A ZIMBABWE Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) official who allegedly extorted over US$1 000 from a Mutare businessperson, promising to fraudulently clear his company’s debt with the revenue collector was this Tuesday arraigned before the courts.
Malec Chibaro, aged 37 who is a revenue officer in ZIMRA’s Debt Management Department in Mutare, was facing charges of extortion when he appeared before a Mutare Magistrate, Tendai Mahwe.
It is alleged Chibaro demanded 2 000 United States dollars from the owner and co-director of Healing Tree Enterprises trading as Munandy, Luckymore Zinyama so that they could subvert the legal means for the company to settle the payment of Value Added Tax (VAT).
He was granted a 3 000 dollars bail.
As part of his bail conditions, Chibaro was ordered to surrender his travelling documents, report once every Friday at CID Mutare and not to interfere with witnesses.
He was remanded out of custody to the 24th of this month.
It is the State’s case that Chibaro demanded 2 000 United States dollars but the money was negotiated to 1 300 United States dollars as his payment for clearing Zinyama’s debt through manipulating data in the ZIMRA database.
The court heard that Chibaro then started to demand the payment which resulted in the complainant reporting the matter to CID police Anti-Corruption Unit.
A trap was set for Chibaro who was then arrested after being handed over the 1 300 United States dollars.