Post closure: Pay for them and ZRA will open, Lungu tells Diplomats

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President Lungu

President Lungu says those who feel the Post Newspapers is being victimized should raise money to pay ZRA and the matter will be cleared overnight.

 

There have been demands that President Lungu reopens the newspaper after it was shut down last week over the alleged none payment of taxes amount to K58 million.

 

But President Lungu has distanced himself from the closure.

 

Speaking on Monday when he addressed Diplomats accredited to Zambia on the upcoming elections, President Lungu says it is important for cooperating partners and stakeholders to note that Zambia values the principle of separation of power between the three arms of government.

 

He said as such, the decision by the Zambia Revenue Authority to close the Post was an independent action to recover tax debt as per mandate of the ZRA.

 

President Lungu stated that the judicial proceedings concerning ZRA and the Post Newspapers are not new, stating that the matter was there as far back as 2009.

 

He has wondered why some diplomats are saying the timing of the court’s decision is awkward, when they are the same people saying the tax system in Zambia is not efficient, and that the country is not efficient.

 

On the upcoming elections, President Lungu disclosed that a number of International observer missions have accepted Zambia’s invitation to observe the upcoming elections, among them Southern African Development Community Observer Mission, the European Union Observer Mission, and the Commonwealth Observer Mission.

He says government values the presence of election observer missions because they provide legitimacy to electoral and democratic processes, and thus further leads to the consolidation and enhancement of democracy.

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6 Responses to Post closure: Pay for them and ZRA will open, Lungu tells Diplomats

  1. BAKATEKA SURE,WE NEED TO EXERCISE HUMILITY.THIS WAS A TEST;WE ARE TOLD YOU ARE HUMBLE,BUT YOUR ACTIONS POINT OTHERWISE.YOUR TELLING OFF THESE DIPLOMATS IS VERY UNDIPLOMATIC SIR.THESE ACTIONS BACKFIRE,MARK MY WORG.

    KILO
    June 28, 2016 at 8:24 am
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  2. President Edgar Lungu is a great leader!
    First of all, how can anyone please people who tell him to let institutions operate independently on day one – and on day two they say direct the same institutions how to operate?
    Tell me one thing – does the law exempt the media companies from paying tax?
    What would happen if the company closed for non payment of taxes was a biscuit making firm in industrial area, would the diplomats have raised the same sentiments?
    You may say it is the timing, oh?
    If your son was marrying and on the day of his wedding it is discovered that actually he killed a person the previous day. Do you think the police would say this is not right time, don’t arrest him now because he has must enjoy his wedding first, and his honeymoon and have some children first then arrest the guy?
    To the contrary, the answer is NO, they nab the guy even in the midst of the wedding ceremony.
    So if you thing you have high responsibility, the more reason you are expected to be highly responsible.

    advice
    June 28, 2016 at 8:50 am
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    • ulitole saana.

      stepin razer
      June 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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  3. shame to hear this words when the so called president sent op to investigate where post print the current newspaper.

    abel
    June 28, 2016 at 10:00 am
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  4. Foolish!

    Mutale chomba
    June 28, 2016 at 10:56 am
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  5. EVERY COMPANY HAS TO PAY TAX WITHOUT FAIL.DO NOT GRUMBLE WHEN MEDICINES RUN OUT THIS IS SAME MONEY WE USE TO BUY DRUGS.

    SENIOR BINO
    June 28, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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