SENIOR Chief Mulundu Mulundu of Ushi-speaking people in Mwense district has appealed to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) not to relent on its decision to compel The Post Newspaper to settle it tax because that was a statutory obligation.
And the Traditional leader has charged that it was unfair to blame President Edgar Lungu over the closure of The Post Newspaper because ZRA was merely carrying out its mandate.
Speaking when President Lungu paid a courtesy call on Mambilima traditional rulers, Chief Mulundu said it was a statutory obligation to pay tax.
The Head of State later held a closed door meeting with Chief Kashiba, Chief Lubinda and Chief Lukwesa led by Senior Chief Mulundu at Mulundu primary school.
He said the people were suffering because of such companies which owed Government huge sums of money in tax obligations.
The traditional leader said the chiefs and their subjects were proud of Government’s efforts in driving economic developments which were visible throughout the country over the past five years. He attributed the economic developments to the pro-poor policies which the PF had undertaken such as the social cash transfer and the women and marketeers empowerment projects.
Chief Mulundu observed that the playing field was even and pleaded with all political players to be objective, accommodative and explain to the electorate what they would do instead of creating an impression that Zambia was not peaceful.
Meanwhile, Chief Mulundu said the water scheme which started in 1988 had increased to 170 water points due to daily population increase of about 40, 000.
He said the current water tank capacity could no longer meet the demand, adding that water was being rationed; hence his subjects were staying for three days without water.
“We need a new big water reservoir and water pump in order to extend the scheme to other villages,” he said.
Chief Mulundu also complained that Mambilima mission health centre stage two with 77 bed capacity was functioning like a first referral hospital in the district.
“Efforts to upgrade it have proved futile. The centre’s funding is lower than the number of people seeking the provision of health services and delivery,” he said.
Chief Mulundu said the centre had no ambulance and utility vehicles, making it difficult to ferry patients to referral hospitals and to carry out other activities.
He also said the population was increasing in his chiefdom, hence crime levels were on the rise. Chief Mulundu said he wanted a permanent police post so that the community could be policed thoroughly.
And in his response, President Lungu directed the Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila to ensure that a police station was built in Mambilima constituency and deploy more officers to man the area.
The Head of State also directed the deputy Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya to quickly respond to the concerns raised by the traditional leader at the mission hospital.
The Head of State assured the traditional leaders that his ministers were aware of the challenges which they had presented before and assured them that his government would come to their aid.
“The ZNS officers are already here on the ground in Luapula. They will finish up the feeder roads and all the health posts which have not been completed,” he said.