Chikwanda hits back at critics

A LEAKED classified letter on Value Added Tax (VAT) General Administration Rule 18 has been deliberately distorted by some media house with the sole purpose of waging a hate crusade against Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda.

The letter discussed the uncertainty of the VAT Rule, a measure which affected all exporters across the industry and mining industry was only mentioned as an example but the letter has been distorted to create reason for carrying out an insidious political campaign of slander against Mr Chikwanda.

The VAT Administration Rule 18 affected all exporters across the industry and not only the mining sector a measure which Mr Chikwanda said had inadvertently undermined confidence in the economy.

Mr Chikwanda said the mining sector had the largest accumulated backlog of VAT refunds which under the law had to be paid and that the delay on the refunds was largely on account of the rule requiring among other things documentation from importers outside Zambia’s jurisdiction.

Breaking his silence over the sustained attacks and the slander crusade against his persona, Mr Chikwanda has described the political clique of individuals in league with some media organisation maligning him (Chikwanda) as ardent apostles and high priests of hatred and malice.

Mr Chikwanda has charged that some media practitioners have unassailable advantages of perpetuating crusades against individuals perceived as inconveniences at the behest of political allies whose mission he said had crush landed.

Mr Chikwanda said it was providential that the space for ardent apostles and high priests of hatred and malice was getting increasingly narrower and that the country would never experience the agony and emotional upheavals that had bedeviled parts of the African Continent.

Mr Chikwanda said yesterday that he had desisted from pouring scorn on individuals used by some media operatives to indulge in obscenities and falsehoods against him to avoid giving legitimacy to their nihilistic insinuations.

Mr Chikwanda revealed that he had received a series of electronic mails from people aggrieved by the brutalities directed at him in which an array of compatriots exchanged views shrouded in malice.

He said that it was interesting to be acquainted with the intentions of the men with their fantasy infrastructure.

“I have

desisted from pouring scorn on individuals used by some media operatives to indulge in obscenities and falsehoods against me to avoid giving legitimacy to their insinuations, and credibility to their unconstrained enthusiasm to slander other citizens. Some media practitioners have unassailable advantages of perpetuating crusades against individuals who are perceived as incontinences to them, shamefully, at the behest of political allies whose mission may have crush landed. The space for ardent apostles and high priests of hatred and malice will get increasingly narrower,” Mr Chikwanda said.

Mr Chikwanda said in 2011, he opted to accept the call from President Michael Sata to reinforce him (Sata) in pushing forward his bold development agenda which was already transforming Zambia in ways not seen before.

He explained that President Sata together with him (Chikwanda) were on course in making an impact on reducing or eradicating perverse poverty that had engulfed the nation emphasizing that material trappings have never been and would never be a thrust of his life.

Mr Chikwanda stated that the mining sector was critical to the economy and that over the years, past government administrations and the PF regime had diversified the revenue base to the extent that the mining sector was accounting for less than 10 percent of internally generated revenues.

He explained that mining was hard business stating that its gestations were long between the start of the mining processes from exploration to when a mine came to stream up to when the investors could begin getting returns which were a fair recompense for the risks.

He stated that minerals were non-renewable and not replenishable and therefore needed adequate incentives to keep the mines operational which had directly employed more than 60 000 people.

He said government had the capacity to take measures which had the effect of pre-empting tax evasion and all forms of fraudulence without embarking on crusades of demonizing investors.

“I have been touched by the kind gestures of fellow citizens who have been grieved by the brutalities at one. They have on a non-attribution basis sent me a series of electronic mails in which an array of compatriots exchange views shrouded in malice. It is interesting to be acquainted not only with the intentions of those men but have a glimpse of their fantasy infrastructure,” Mr Chikwanda said.

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