LETTERS

Tax evasion is the worst form of corruption

Dear Editor

What Fred Mmembe and his colleagues are doing at the Post newspaper is the worst form of corruption because it constitutes day light robbery of Government funds.

Funds collected from VAT and PAYE are not mean to be used by the agent who collects but must be passed on to the Government which then utilises  them for the various activities including buying medicine and paying salaries among other uses.

Therefore an agent who uses such money on himself is actually stealing.

It is surprising that an attempt is being made to connect the theft of taxes and the journalism profession. There should be no such connection.

Indeed if any connection is to be made it should be that corrupt people should not be allowed to participate in the affairs of the nation to the extent of influencing policy in the manner that the press does.

Men of integrity who should populate our media should pursue a moral purpose that lauds honesty as virtue. Anything else is corruption which the media must shy away. Therefoire an individual who diverts public resources is corrupt and not worthy a place in the forum of public discourse.

Socrates opined that Real personal catastrophe consists in corruption of the soul. It happens when the soul fails to distinguish between right and wrong.

Theft is wrong and when this cannot be appreciated that it is a disaster because the soul has completely lost its bearing and no longer belongs to the realm of the “noble collective” in which vital decisions of state are made.

Until and unless the Post admits that withholding tax to the extent where the ZRA were forced to write off K16billion in 2011 because of suspected political patronage then they cease to hold the moral persuasion they deem to exercise and impose on the nation.

They are a corrupt agent.

PLM

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Just leave us alone

Dear Editor,

The article Donors fall for Post ruse in the June 25, 2016 issue of the Daily Nation was timely and very informative as far as the principles of media freedom and freedom of expression are concerned.

Needless to say, once the foreign donor pays in full the K53 million The Post newspaper tax debt owes to ZRA, I think the earlier the Treasury at Ministry of Finance makes an effort to utilise the tax revenue realised from this transaction for infrastructure development and socio-economic programmes the better.

Zambia may have other problems to tackle as a developing country, but I think the foreign donor bail-out of The Post newspaper’s tax debt owed to ZRA only days after the tabloid was closed for failing to settle the bill deserves to be commended albeit with a pinch of salt.

Of course, with elections being held in August this year, lots of

Western observers will come to judge whether or not the polls will be credible, free and fair and in line with democratic values.

But I have a message for them and more especially the Zambia-based Western envoys: remember that we in Zambia did not fight for independence just to remain dependent on your neo-colonialism.

We have come of age and are proud of the fact that the outcome of our destiny remains squarely in our hands.

Don’t forget that your great master nation, United States of America, is about to go to the polls.

Despite its greatness, it has fallen short of democracy and might not mind a bit of your input before Donald Trump walks away with all ballot papers into the Trump Plaza, New York.

In this millennium, Zambian affairs cannot be judged by neither Western envoys nor election international observers.

So, just leave us alone.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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Referendum sensitisation

Dear Editor,

Sensitisation on the upcoming referendum needs to be doubled so that people can make well informed decisions on the amendments of the Bill of rights which is the rigid part of the Zambian Constitution.

I urge the Government through Cabinet office to ensure that all public gatherings involving government business must have a talk on the referendum.

Furthermore, Civic Education teachers throughout the country must offer a free service to the nation by involving themselves in sensitisation programmes on the referendum.

The Bill of rights has the fundamental rights that ensure that all human rights are enjoyed.

We need citizens to make well informed decisions when deciding on the plebiscite.

Wisdom Kaunda

Civic Educationist

Kabwe.

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