LETTERS

ZRA deserves support

Dear Editor,

Finally Fred M’membe has met his match. He has failed to push ZRA authorities into submission.

There is indeed no reason for ZRA to submit because their position is correct both at law and in terms of ethics and morality. The money that M’membe was collecting was intended for onward transmission to the Government and not for him to use.

The Government should  go further and investigate where he is presently printing the papers so that the people are also held responsible because it is the highest form of impunity and impudence to show that  he could defy Government.

Not even the USA or UK Government would allow an individual to steal tax proceeds. If anything they have more stringent laws regarding tax abuse.

 

Joseph Banda

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Post newspaper’s support by Western envoys

Dear Editor,

I want to comment on the article “Post fools donors” in the Daily Nation issue of June 24, 2016.

It appears The Post newspaper’s non-compliance to its tax obligations was engineered and supported by the Western envoys who claim to propagate corporate responsibility in their countries of origin but, in fact, work for and give support to cabals and tax evaders in Zambia.

In fact, the attacks against the Supreme Court by Western embassies including the US, UN, UK and EU in the guise of supporting The Post newspaper and press freedom is not only a serious affront to Zambia’s sovereignty and its judicial system but it is also against the tenets of corporate responsibility which presupposes tax compliance.

Strange as it may sound, the sole Western interest in Zambia is business and not the good of Zambia and her people.

This they do in connivance with dishonest and rogue media houses.

These selfish motives have brought about disunity, hatred and enmity and, by extension, tax evasion in the country.

With former Home Affairs Minister Peter Machungwa’s recent revelations in the Daily Nation interview, it is now emerging that the attacks by Western envoys against Zambian authorities are nothing but a neatly choreographed plot by Western diplomats and their home governments to deny Zambians of the much needed tax revenue for infrastructure development and socio-economic programmes.

The Western diplomatic events that followed The Post newspaper’s closure by ZRA indicate a premeditated agenda, which had nothing to do with justice for tax evasion but everything to do with geo-political interests of the US, UN, UK and EU more especially after having been hosted for a luncheon at UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s residence in New Kasama.

Could The Post newspaper’s support be construed to be the Western envoys’ payback deed for the luncheon? Probably.

This is very important, considering the fact that The Post newspaper is deeply backed and financially supported by the billionaire businessman and UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema.

 

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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How free should be press freedom?

Dear Editor,

The subject of the closure of The Post newspaper by the Zambia Revenue Authority for failing to honour their tax obligation, it seems, is very sensitive and emotional, but sometimes emotions are necessary to trigger change.

My goal here is to make patriotic Zambians understand that it is we who are carrying the bag of salt.

No one other than us knows exactly how heavy the salt is. So we are the ones to resolve it.

The much feared donors may have heard about the weight of salt or even had a similar experience. However, we are the expert on this particular situation because we are experiencing it.

The current democratic process in Zambia brought with it not only multi-partyism, but also media pluralism.

The number of private newspapers has increased dramatically with the clamour for more representative forms of democracy. Government has also opened up the airwaves.

The fact that since independence our country largely resisted private initiative in the area of broadcasting and waited till the pro-democracy clamour of the 1991 even to contemplate weakening national radio and television monopoly was but a continuation of the British colonial heritage.

However, if the private press and private radio stations in Zambia are independent and critical of government, they have not always succeeded in displaying a similar attitude vis-à-vis the opposition political parties or other pressure groups and lobbies.

Thus, instead of seeking to curb intolerance, fanaticism or extremism of all kinds, some of these media have actually fuelled them. For example, The Post newspaper and social media such as the Zambia Watchdog have obviously served as mouth pieces for divisive forces, often reproducing calls to violence, destruction and hatred, and generally keeping everyone fearful of a probable Rwanda genocide type of situation.

Between October 2014 and June 2016, that is after the death of President Michael Sata (MHSRIP), the media in Zambia became so highly politicised and polarised into two diametrically opposed camps, but each claiming to know and represent the best interests of the Zambian people.

The independent press has not only exacerbated tensions among ethnic groupings but has also encouraged striking university students to paralyse the education systems, and a section of them have allowed themselves to be manipulated by certain leaders of the opposition in order to attempt to make Zambia ungovernable. The reasons are obvious.

 

Sadly, the more civilised world is now telling us that champions of press freedom are to have no tax obligation.

 

Cry my beloved Zambia.

 

Mukuka Chilufya

Chambishi Mine Township

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Is Fred M’membe down and out? 

Dear Editor,

Reactions to the decision by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to close down The Post newspaper over tax obligations amounting to over K53 million range from vague delusions of grandeur to outright macho-posturing defiance at the affected media house.

Soon after his newspaper’s closure, Fred M’membe warned the Government that if ZRA think that the closure of his newspaper was victory, they would soon realise that it would not last longer than a candle in a storm.

Admittedly, I do rather suspect he meant that despite ZRA’s closure, the public can still get copies of The Post newspaper on the streets at a whopping street price of K15 per copy.

But is this not a criminal act, more especially after a Supreme Court order? Whatever the outcome of it all, ZRA must find out how and where The Post newspaper is currently being printed following the closure of the official media outlet.

The investigation should be conducted with one eye firmly on the editorial staff currently operating outside the gate at the head office and the other on the printing press that is providing alternative facilities.

Without the trappings of his office, as well as with the huge psychological damage of his newspaper’s closure, M’membe would diminish over time. The office is the man. He seemed untouchable until he was slammed by ZRA.

His reckless and disrespectful editorials under the guise of militancy and freedom of expression were taken as gospel by his admirers, especially when there were no consequences. He picked on hate-speech and regime change themes that resonated with the opposition.

No wonder, the opposition UPND has threatened to embark on countrywide protests over the decision by ZRA to close down his newspaper.

The billionaire businessman and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has openly backed and defended M’membe’s macho-posturing brazen editorials.

He’s reported to have allegedly bankrolled him in the past, with the understanding that M’membe was going to be the decisive factor in the August 11 polls. But is Fred M’membe down and out? Perhaps, not.

But the UPND leader should come to his rescue and bail him out to pay what his newspaper owes ZRA instead of playing to the gallery of public opinion.

Concerned citizen, Lusaka

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