UPND voices out on 2012 budget expectations

United Party for National Development (UPND) Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says his party would love to see the 2012 budget address key issues such reintroduction of the windfall tax in the mining sector.

Kakoma said the windfall tax should be reinstated with some modifications to accommodate the concerns expressed by mining companies but not to the detriment of Zambians as they should get a fair share due to the fact that we are partners with these investors.

He noted that government arrived at the decision to scrap off the windfall tax as it desired for Zambia to be perceived as a friendly country in terms of tax regime in order to attract more investments.

Kakoma said that people are the owners of the land and the copper so government should ensure it makes decisions in favor of the citizens.

He also advised the new regime to make sure it increase funding to key sectors such as education, health, agriculture to help foster national development.

Meanwhile, Deputy Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said there is need for government to work on reducing the cost of fuel as it will go a long way in lowering the cost of production and make the cost of living manageable.

Mweetwa noted that infrastructure development is vital in the education sector to increase the quality and access to education.

He said the new regime must increase budgetary allocation to the ministry of health so that personnel deliver as required to enable citizens access the so much desired medical services.

Mweetwa further advised government to ensure the 2012 budget is pro poor so that it lives up to the expectations of the Zambian people.

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