Grace Mugabe’s VAT exemptions revealed
Publish date: 13 January 2020
Issue Number: 855
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Former President Robert Mugabe granted VAT exemptions to his wife Grace, which deprived the state of about US$200 000. The Sunday Times reports that nine applications for exemptions were sent to Mugabe between 2012 and 2014 by Stanley Nhari, general manager of Grace's Gushungo Holdings, and managers of Mwenewazvo Farm, Grace Mugabe Orphanage and Amai Mugabe High School. Gushungo administrator Farai Jemwa also wrote to Mugabe in 2015 asking that Grace be exempt from paying tolls at Eskbank on her daily commute between Mazowe and Harare. Tax expert Sydwell Nsingo said there were protocols for all tax issues, none of which had anything to do with the office of the President.