Is ZRA burying the hatchet?
The sentiments expressed by the PF media team member Saunday Chanda that it was strange that many firms including the Post newspaper that had failed to meet their tax obligations had been left alone to do as they wished by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and other law enforcement agencies, were symptomatic of how desperate for action the law-abiding Zambians are after a three month-long decision by ZRA to close down the Post
newspaper over tax obligations amounting to over K53 million (Daily Nation, September 21, 2016).
Could the longer than anticipated wait for ZRA’s action to auction the Post newspapers seized properties, plant and machinery be due to the fact that the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema had promised to write-off the former’s tax debt once he became Zambia’s new president in exchange of the favour from the newspaper during the just-ended election campaigns?
Perhaps, although, the deal was not indicative of what would happen should the 5-time serial election loser lose again. Now, with the UPND having lost the August 11 general elections and its all-absorbing goodwill to tax evaders, ZRA can afford to bide its time. It does not expect the Revenue Appeals Tribunal to follow up the Post newspapers agreed tax payment process with much seriousness, let alone threaten its hold on to the Post newspapers seized properties, plant and machinery. So, is ZRA burying the hatchet? Most likely.
Without pressure from the Registrar of the Revenue Appeals Tribunal, ZRA would not be talking to the Post newspaper at all. However, the largest shadow cast over the deal between the UPND and the Post newspaper is the recent election defeat suffered by the UPND leader.
Since the Post newspapers closure in June, there is no sign that the 3-month tax war between the newly-appointed ZRA commissioner general, Kingsley Chanda and the Post newspapers proprietor Fred M’membe is about to end. It seems that the cliché – the more things change the more they remain the same – holds true. Watch the space. Mubanga Luchembe, LUSAKA
ZCCB and CCZ should accept their own weaknesses
Allow me to express my pleasure and gratitude to the creation of the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs by His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
Also allow me to enlighten the constituents of Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) and Christian Council of Zambia (CCZ) about their opinion pertaining to this subject.
After going through the statement from the latter, I thought in humility I can give a Biblical-spirit filled lecturer to the well learned clergymen.
There is no separation between the State and the Church in its core condition because it is the people who are in the Church who make up the State.
Though the Church or ecclesia can be defined as a called out one of God, it will be unwise to isolate the church from the State.
When we read Romans 13:1-7 and I quote “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority?
Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Therefore, one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.”
Scripture is the final authority and not man made church doctrine. All governing authorities including political ones are instituted by God and for God.
Every leader including those in opposition have been wired and programed in their positions by God and for His purposes and agenda.
From Genesis to date, God is still choosing and using leaders to fulfil His mandate and purpose. Just like He used and hardened Pharaoh’s heart in the olden days, even nowadays we have some hard-heartened political players in the nation.
God is interested in the State just as he is interested in the Church. The Lord Jesus Christ died for the whole world.
The argument that we must give Caesar what belongs to him as explained by our learned clergymen is a direct insult to the grace of God.
When “Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
And they marvelled at him” as stated Mark 12:17 does not entail that we must leave politics to non-believers, pagans, witches, wizards, freemasons, homosexuals, lesbians, transgender elements and so on.
No! No! Jesus Christ understood scriptures very well and He is the author of it and a non-refutable fact is “Righteousness exalts a nation.”
The Biblical Scriptures is beyond human understanding and earthly church establishment.
The fact is every officer be it in the executive, legislature and judiciary must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In short, the President and his Cabinet must be born again, the parliamentarians regardless of where they come from must be born again and the judiciary personnel must be born again.
That is the will of God. It is not only restricted to Church people but to all including the clergy…. Jesus was very clear when He told Nicodemus in John chapter three….”YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” This is inner transformation of the inner man.
Nicodemus like many modern day clergymen went to church meetings but they did not have a personal relationship with God.
He was administrating sacraments but he was lost in his spiritual attics. Only those who understand the word and will of God shall pass laws that will embrace the fear of God. To ZCB and CCZ Bishops, please remember God cannot be limited by our thinking and our doing.
He is big and rules by Theocracy…. God of the Bible is NOT a democrat but rules by Theocracy.
Modern day democracy is satanic slavery where people are even advocating man to marry man, man to marry a Germany shepherd. It is unbiblical.
In conclusion, I implore all the members of ZCCB and CCZ to accept their own weaknesses and start life afresh. I write from a pure and clean heart and knowing that my great grandchildren will look back and say, “Thank you great grandpa for being part of the generation that pointed Zambia to Jesus Christ.”
Evangelist Chishala Mwaba
Kapala Village, Chief Lukwesa, Mwense District
HH will never accept defeat
“Zambia Forward” is the motto for the opposition UPND headed by 5 time loser Hakainde Hichilema.
HH has vowed never to concede defeat just as the motto reads. In fact, he told the nation that he will never accept because he said it even before Zambians went to the booth.
He has swung like a pendulum from one court to another in an effort to win an election, but to no avail.
He even promised Armageddon after elections because he is determined to win an election either by the ballot (which he lost) or by the bullet (Armageddon).
Hence those calling for him to concede defeat are just
wasting their time.
Before elections HH made it clear that he won’t accept defeat meaning he knew that he was destined to lose.
It is only a pupil who is not ready for exam who can challenge his teacher that he won’t accept results if he failed just to cover his failure from his
HH can’t face his supporters, hence he prepared their minds that the elections were rigged and sadly, they believed him even before they voted.
He also said that he would petition the results in the ConCourt, which he did and at Moba Hotel in Kitwe he said that the ConCourt will nullify the results as if he bribed judges of the court but when things didn’t go his way, he called them all sorts of names such as thugs.
Finally, he promised Armageddon and maybe that is his last hope, to win an election by the bullet of the gun.
So those demanding that he admits defeat are just wasting their precious time. HH will never look back, Zambia
Forward!!!CHAKWIYA BORNFACE, CHONGWE