TODAY’S LETTERS

Time keeping-a thorn among civil servants

Dear Editor, It is argued that time is money, and once lost, it is never gained. Time keeping and management is critical in any organisation, be it Government, parastatal, quasi-Government or indeed private sectors. However, it appears civil servants are the worst culprits in time management. They wilfully report late for work and knock off early. They have prolonged tea and lunch breaks and in between productive hours they dedicate a good chunk of time to “gossiping” on social networks. That Kingsley Chanda, the new ZRA commissioner General locked out late comers is a move well timed. These men and women need not be told to report for work on time, just as no one reminds them to go for their salaries which they did no work for in time. The case of late coming is in nearly all Government departments. Even the introduction of log in and out systems does not help matters as officers just log in to chat and off they go. They have stolen so much from the Government and I am left wondering if at all, they even remit tithes to God. It is a pity most Government departments are service providers. Otherwise, the human resource department must start thinking of paying workers based on production and performance rather than just having an employee in number. Kudos must go to Copperbelt Minister Mr Bowman Lusambo for cautioning civil servants about their attitude towards work and Mr Chanda for locking out late comers. Can all departments follow suit! We are sick and tired of storytelling at the expense work! This Government has come red hot, can lazy men please quit and leave room for those who appreciate work.

CHOKWIYA BORNFACE CHONGWE

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The smoke surrounding tax evasion and avoidance

Dear Editor, I concur with Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda that avoidance or/and evading paying tax is tantamount to murder. This is because we are all alive to the fact that most of the needy areas of our country are derived from the taxes that we the citizens pay. How else then do we expect the smooth service delivery by Government with empty coffers when we neglect to honour our obligations? Moreover, most of these taxes so claimed by Government through the ZRA are actually not supposed to be an issue because we, as tax payers, are just conduits of remittance. Those who understand the law of taxation will agree with me that it is only our sluggish compliance to remit what was deducted from other persons to just deposit with the treasury, period. So where is the fuss coming from regarding tax? It’s not your money!

Wisdom Muyunda CHINGOLA.

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Stiffen punishment for sexual offences

Dear Editor,

The sexual offences occurring in Zambia have taken a toll. These sexual offences take the form of rape, defilement, bestiality, incest and homosexuality. I tend to wonder as to how these sexual offences have become predominant in our country which was declared as a Christian nation. Women and girls have become the major victims of sexual crime.  There is hardly a day that passes without hearing or reading in newspapers about a woman being raped or a girl being defiled. Chickens, dogs, goats and other animals have not been spared either in sexual acts with men through a form of sex which is known as bestiality. Some men of the pulpit have equally been culprits as they have been caught with pants down in sexual acts. Some of these men of God have even gone to the extent of sexually abusing girls and women in the name of cleansing them of the evil spirits. This is abominable and the practice should be condemned in the strongest terms possible. The law enforcers should devise some punitive measure to deter the would-be offenders. The jail term needs to be revisited by increasing the number of years that a culprit has to serve. The victims should open up by reporting such cases to the appropriate authorities such as the Victim Support Unit (VSU).

Elemiya Phiri Lusaka.

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Unity of purpose as Zambia celebrates its independence

Dear Editor,

In life there is always a point at which our national interest must surpass our individual gains if we are to contribute positively to our society. This is important as it creates a positive attitude towards national unity and development regardless of our gain. In short, unity of purpose elaborates the fact that we come together to work towards mutual gain. As we were about to celebrate our independence last year, the Daily Nation Newspaper in collaboration with Zambia Postal Services organised an essay writing competition under the central theme, “How does tribalism affect national development?” Individuals from various categories of learning institutions ranging from secondary to tertiary level participated in this competition and highlighted on the negative influence that divisions in a society presents on national system development. Suffice to say that unity in any society can bring about collaborative ideas and encourage hard work, hence fostering development. On the contrary, as long as citizens or individuals in a society continue to point out fingers in an effort to blame others whenever a challenge presents itself, we shall always lag behind. This is because as long as we continue to blame others, we shall not find the solutions to our challenges but instead we will just create more problems. J. K. Rowlings once said, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided”. Unity of purpose is thus an important aspect in pursuing national unity and fostering development as it makes it easy for individuals with different perceptions and interests to work together in an effort to promote one major goal. However, unity of purpose can only be attained when individuals realise that “we are all equal in the fact that we are all different.” We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct and individual. “We are harmonious in the reality that we are held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps as alive” – C JoyBell C. Therefore, as we celebrate our independence, let us all embrace the spirit of togetherness, hard work and promote development through individual as well as collective efforts. One Zambia, One Nation.

Chali Andrew Daily Nation Essay Competition Winner

 

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