ZAMTEL is owed a total of K29, 299,546 in telephone bills by Government ministries and the telecommunication company should ensure it recovers the money, says the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC).
This is contained in a report which was released to Parliament last week by PAC chairperson Getrude Imenda.
The committee has advised ZAMTEL to come up with better ways of recovering the money if the company was to sustain itself during the hard economic times.
“We are urging the controlling officer to liaise closely with the Treasury to ensure that the amounts totaling K29, 299,546 in respect of unpaid telephone bills by various Government ministries are paid without further delay. ZAMTEL is also urged to ensure that a lasting solution is arrived at on how the repayment system can be strengthened,” the report said.
Meanwhile, PAC has bemoaned the lack of title deeds for most of ZAMTEL properties.
The committee said the company risked losing the properties in an event that it was privatized.
And ZAMTEL told the Parliamentarians that the delay in settling annual licence fees payable to Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority was due to delays in finalizing financial statements for 2012. The submitting controlling officer said as at July 2014, K6 million had been paid towards liquidating the debt.