Salary harmonization coming, says Kambwili

CABINET says progress has been made in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report on the inquiry into salary, salary structures and conditions of service in the public service.

This follows the 23rd Cabinet Meeting held on October 19, 2015 at Government Complex, where 15 substantive agenda items were discussed.

Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili told a media briefing yesterday that on Monday Cabinet discussed progress made in the harmonization and rationalization of salaries and pension reforms.

Mr Kambwili said during the meeting it was revealed that progress had also been made in the job evaluation and re-grading exercise for the mainstream civil service and the judiciary to ensure equal work for equal pay.

He said there was also progress made in the report of the implementation of a single salary structure and consolidation of remunerative allowances in the civil service, establishment of a public service micro finance company to administer the loans for public service employees, and improved management of transport in the public sector.

Mr Kambwili said Cabinet also approved the Bill entitled “The Customs and Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2015,” for publication and introduction in Parliament during the current sitting.

He said the amendment of the Customs and Excise Act would provide for the removal of customs duty on green houses and rose seedling.

Mr Kambwili said the same Act would also provide for the revision of the customs duty on rates applicable to the importation of motor vehicles and imposition of a surtax on the importation of vehicle older than five years.

“The Bill will also provide for the increase of customs duty rates on tobacco and for the keeping of transactional records for a minimum period of six years,” he said.

Mr Kambwili said Cabinet also approved a Bill entitled “The Insurance Premium Levy Bill, 2015”, for publication and introduction in Parliament during the current sitting.

He said the proposed Bill would provide for the imposition, payment and collection of insurance premium levy.

Cabinet also approved “The Property Transfer (Amendment) Bill, 2015” for publication and introduction in Parliament during the current sitting.

Mr Kambwili said the Bill was intended to revise the property transfer tax rates applicable to land and shares so that they were reduced from ten percent to five percent and align the provisions of the Act with the Public Benefit Organisation, Regulations and the Income Tax Act.

He added that Cabinet also approved the Bill entitled “The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2015 for publication and introduction in Parliament during the current sitting.

Mr Kambwili said the amendment of the Value Added Tax would provide for the prohibition of companies dealing only in exempt supplies from being eligible to be treated as part of a recognized group of companies, the confidentiality of tax payers information and the use of fiscal cash registers or other modern equipment to record daily sales.

And Mr Kambwili said Cabinet considered the concerns raised by the general public, especially bus and taxi operators, that newly introduced traffic fees and fines were too high and were making the operations of their business difficult.

He said Cabinet had decided that Government would revert to the old traffic fees and fines.

Other items approved included the Income Tax Amendment Bill of 2015, The Lands Amendment Bill of 2015 and the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) Regulations of 2015.

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