The Zimbabwean government recently extended the provisions of Statutory Instrument 52 of 2019. Don’t worry this is one of those few sort of good ones. The law has a provision that allows civil servants who have been in service for at least 10 years to import a car duty-free. There are two restrictions though:

  1. The value of the imported car must not exceed US$10 000
  2. You are only entitled to import one car withing a period of five years

It’s one of those potentially useful provisions that people are usually not aware of. It’s a law that often gets foreshadowed by cruel provisions like Statutory 89 of 2021 which bans the importation of second-hand vehicles, popularly known as ex-Japs that are more than 10 years old.

The government announced the extension of the duty-free provision in a letter sent out by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public SErvice, Labour and Social Welfare. In the letter dated 16 August 2021, Permanent Secretary Simon Masanga wrote affirming the extensions.

It’s very true that the Government has continued the rebate on motor vehicle scheme for civil servants. That is one of the non-monetary benefits for civil servants.

Civil servants requested that it be continued. The Public Service Commission and the Treasury agreed to continue with the programme until further notice.

Simon Masanga speaking to the Chronicle