Zimra boss cooks academic papers Audit exposes fake O-Levels, degree UZ disowns fiddled certificates

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Zimbabwe Revenue Authority loss control director Mr Charlton Chihuri only has four Ordinary Level passes, but has been working at the revenue authority for 13 years after forging qualifications, a recent audit revealed.This is contained in the forensic audit report conducted by HLB Zimbabwe Chartered Accountants into the operations of the revenue collector following reports by whistle-blowers of corruption and poor corporate governance.

The report is part of Zimra’s court record filed with the High Court yesterday, while responding to suspended Commissioner-General Gershem Pasi’s urgent application seeking to halt its disciplinary process against him.

“Our investigations revealed that Mr Charlton Chihuri misrepresented his academic qualifications to Zimra as early as 2003 when he first applied for the post of Loss Control Officer,” reads the report. “He misrepresented that he had obtained six Ordinary Level passes, scored six Advanced Level points and that he was the legitimate holder of a Bachelor of Science Honours in Economics Degree with the University of Zimbabwe.

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Upon inquiry with both the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council and the University of Zimbabwe, we established that he had misrepresented his results. “He neither has six Ordinary Level passes nor does he hold any degree with the University of Zimbabwe. In actual fact, he has only four Ordinary Level passes excluding English, and he failed his Advanced Level examinations with two F symbols and an O symbol.”

The auditors said the UZ refuted claims that Mr Chihuri was never registered at the institution and categorically stated that the degree certificate that he presented to Zimra was fictitious.

The auditors said Mr Chihuri’s file with Zimra contained a Master’s degree with the University of Liverpool whose legitimacy is being questioned given that generally one cannot obtain a Master’s without an undergraduate qualification

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