Lusaka, Friday 28th October 2011. Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda is delighted that President Michael Chilufya Sata has positively considered the appointment of Berlin Msiska as the New Commissioner General for the Zambia Revenue Authority.
According to a letter of appointment written to Mr. Msiska and copied to Mr. Chikwanda, President Sata has made the appointment in accordance with the provisions of Section 19  of the Zambia Revenue Authority Act, Cap 321 of the Laws of Zambia.
“Our new Commissioner General has impeccable credentials. It is for this reason that I have a deep sense of confidence in his professionalism and competence. I have looked at the records and I am fully satisfied that he is a hardworking and patriotic Zambian as manifested by his record of service during his initial tenure as the first indigenous Commissioner General of the Zambia Revenue Authority,” said Mr. Chikwanda about Mr. Msiska.
Mr. Chikwanda, who was flanked by Finance Deputy Minister Alfreda Kansembe and Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba, said the Zambia Revenue Authority was the nerve centre of resource mobilisation in the country and on which financing of development programmes was heavily dependent.
“In this regard, you will fully be supported to execute your mandate without fear, favour or undue influence by all of us at the treasury. Do not tolerate smugglers and tax evaders. Streamline areas like VAT refund administration, Customs and Mines Audit Operations and let us know the areas in which you might need re-enforcement”, Mr. Chikwanda said.
Mr. Msiska has also been urged to maintain high levels of integrity and seal the loopholes across all tax administration operational areas in order to marshal resources uplift the welfare of Zambians and eradicate poverty through efficient and effective operations of the Zambia Revenue Authority.
Mr. Msiska is currently the IMF Resident Advisor at the Mauritius based Africa Regional Technical Assistance Centre [ARTAC] representing thirteen African Countries namely; Angola, Botswana, Comoros Islands, Lesotho, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also served as Permanent Secretary [Financial Management and Administration] at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.
Mr. Msiska is scheduled to resign from his position at the IMF Africa Regional Technical Assistance Centre in Mauritius in order to take up his New Appointment as Commissioner General for the Zambia Revenue Authority.
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