By Chenayi Mack Maponga and Munyaradzi Ushamba

In its quest to maintain a culture of zero-tolerance to corruption, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) enforces an Integrity Action Plan that has put in place comprehensive initiatives targeted at fighting corruption. The Authority is undergoing assessment through the Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) and has put in mechanisms targeted at eradicating corruption with all its vice.

 

Among the initiatives to eradicate corruption has been through investigating reports of corruption involving ZIMRA staff, enforcement of the ZIMRA Code of Conduct, conducting lifestyle audits for ZIMRA staff, conducting and participating in anti-corruption campaigns and workshops, and partnering other stakeholders such as Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in investigating acts of corruption.

 

 

Periodically, ZIMRA monitors the impact of the initiatives in ensuring a corrupt-free Authority by tracking the number of moderate to serious corruption referred for disciplinary handling formalities. The Authority also measures the percentage level of actual corruption as well as the perception of ZIMRA clients on the level of corruption.

 

The level of actual corruption is computed as a percentage every quarter while the perceived level of corruption is computed biennially. The actual corruption is a percentage of class C and D corruption cases as a percentage of the number of employees in the Authority at that material time. The perceived level of corruption is assessed on a score of 1-10, 1 as the best score and 10 worst score.

 

The statistics on levels of corruption to date are as depicted as follows;

 

Period

Number of Corruption cases referred for DGC

Actual level of Corruption

Corruption perception Index (score of 1-10); 10 worst score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q1-2017

23

0.80%

 














Q2-2017

19

0.69%

2.39














Q3-2017

23

0.80%

 














Q4-2017

9

0.33%

2.84














Q1-2018

7

0.25%

 














Q2-2018

9

0.32%