Government appoints new ZRA board, amid calls for transparency

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The government has appointed a new board for the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) with immediate effect, amid calls for transparency.

Former Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany Bwalya Chiti has been appointed the Chairperson.

In a statement to announce the appointments the Ministry of Finance Spokesperson Chileshe Kandeta said this is in line with the provisions of Section 12 (1) of the Zambia Revenue Authority Act Number 321 of the Laws of Zambia.

The spokesperson revealed that the Minister of Finance Dr. Bwalya Ngandu has named those appointed as Chairperson Bwalya Chiti, and Fredson Yamba, Andrew Nkunika, and Dr. Denny Kalyalya as members.

Others members are Gertrude Musyani, Lydia Sibanda, Grace Bwanali as Members, and James Koni a representative of the Bankers Association of Zambia.

And in a congratulatory message to the appointees, Dr. Ng’andu said the board needs to strengthen the measures taken by ZRA in domestic resource mobilisation.

He said this could be done through enhanced usage of electronic platforms and increased compliance surveillance, to curb smuggling and tax related fraud.

The Minister called for transparency and urged the Board to ensure that the guidelines on tax related measures to assist companies and businesses during the Covid-19 period are published and communicated to the public, thoroughly.

In his message to accept the appointment, Chiti said he will use his vast experience in team building to guide the board in achieving the vision of the Government and the nation at large.

Meanwhile, ZRA has previously been in the news for alleged corrupt practices involving millions of US dollars, through manipulation of tender processes. But the authority has been denying wrongdoing.

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