This comes after Biti stepped up his efforts to oust Pasi by raising concerns over the slow implementation of critical projects and the allegedly inhumane treatment of travellers at border posts who were being subjected to body searches.
Government sources told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that the concerns were raised at a meeting held recently among Biti, his officials and Zimra board members.
The issues raised included harassment of travellers at border posts, lack of progress in implementation of projects that included automation, use of fiscalised tax registers, cargo tracking, a large taxpayer’s office and construction of a new Zimra head office.
These issues, the Zimra boss’ allies say, were merely political machinations to ensure that Pasi did not succeed in the second round of interviews for the post expected soon.
The latest developments are likely to widen the rift between Mugabe and Biti, who are already deeply-divided over Pasi’s fate after his contract expired in October last year.
Mugabe, the sources said, had made it clear to Biti that Pasi is not going anywhere, although the minister says Pasi is incompetent.
However, those supporting Pasi’s stay say under his leadership Zimra had surpassed its revenue targets, including in the third quarter of 2011. Total net collections for the quarter amounted to US$660,7 million against a target of US$654,9 million. Cumulative net collections for 2011 were slightly less than US$2 billion.