ActionAid Zambia has called on the Zambia Revenue Authority to investigate allegations that the Post Newspapers Limited has been evading paying K 8 million in taxes.
In her Facebook posting, ActionAid Zambia Country Director Pamela Chisanga said she is concerned by the allegations that the Post Newspapers has failed to clear the K 8 million tax bill.
“I am really concerned by all these revelations on taxation. The Post Newspapers has now been exposed for not paying close to K8 million in taxes since 2011,” Ms. Chisanga noted.
She added, “There are a lot of things wrong with all this – firstly I wonder where Komaki (Julius), a PF cadre got this information? Why didn’t the Ministry of Finance say anything on this? Why has ZRA been chasing traders at COMESA and leaving out others like the Post in this case?” She questioned.
Ms. Chisanga said there is need to have some quick analysis of levels of compliance on tax payments from various sectors.
She said there is also need for an assessment of why ZRA has been failing to collect revenue from various entities.
“There are a lot of things wrong with all this – firstly I wonder where Komaki (Julius), a PF cadre got this information? Why didn’t the Ministry of Finance say anything on this? Why has ZRA been chasing traders at COMESA and leaving out others like the Post in this case?” She questioned.
Ms Chisanga said Zambia needs to take the discussions around taxation out of the political arena and analyse them from an economic perspective.
“I am passionate about this because tax pays for education, health, water and all other social services. A couple of weeks ago I was in Senanga/Nalolo where some schools have received erratic or no funding the last 3 years and in some cases school kids have to do piece work or engage in some kind of income generation activity so that the schools can buy basic things like chalk,” she revealed.
Ms. Chisanga added, “This is so sad 50 years after independence. I applaud the teacher’s in these areas who use their salaries to buy chalk. It is so sad that to many people this is a political issue, but I invite Zambia to rise above all this, to analyse this as it is and understand what has gone wrong and resolve to end this rot as much as possible.”
The Daily Nation this week revealed that the Post Newspapers Limited owes Government more than K8 million in taxes.
It said the Post Newspaper apparently stopped meeting its tax obligations soon after the PF formed government in 2011 and PF cadre Julius Komaki says the newspaper had been singing praises for President Michael Sata even when they did not believe in his vision because the owner of the newspaper, Fred M’membe was seeking favours from the Head of State.