Lifwekelo roasts HH …for avoid­ing to pay full taxes for the ho­tel

…for avoid­ing to pay full taxes for the ho­tel

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

IT is un­pa­tri­otic for UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and chief Mukuni of Liv­ing­stone to deny Zam­bia the much-needed re­sources by avoid­ing to pay full com­pany tax for Sun In­ter­na­tional, for­mer UPND deputy spokesper­son Ed­win Lifwekelo has said.

Mr Lifwekelo re­it­er­ated that avoid­ing pay­ing tax was un­pa­tri­otic be­cause Zam­bia needed re­sources to de­velop. He was re­act­ing to rev­e­la­tions that the Panama reg­is­tered but Liv­ing­stone-based, Sun In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, jointly owned among oth­ers by Hakainde Hichilema and his proxy chief Mukuni, has been pay­ing 15 per­cent cor­po­rate tax in­stead of 35 per­cent that all com­pa­nies pay. “This is the money which is sup­posed to be used to con­struct schools, clin­ics, bridges and good roads for our peo­ple. With this money, gov­ern­ment can pro­vide enough medicines for our health fa­cil­i­ties. Avoid­ing to pay tax is not good,” said Mr Lifwekelo. And Mr Lifwekelo doubted whether an in­di­vid­ual who was ready to toy with the liveli­hood of the Zam­bian peo­ple could be trusted with pub­lic of­fice. He warned that Zam­bia would be sold to the high­est bid­der if peo­ple made the mis­take of plac­ing the coun­try in the hands self­ish lead­ers. Mr Lifwekelo won­dered how a leader who claimed to hold the plight of vul­ner­a­ble Zam­bians at high es­teem would al­low a com­pany in which he holds shares un­de­serv­ingly milk peo­ple of their re­sources. He charged that it was un­pa­tri­otic for Mr Hichilema and chief Mukuni to deny Zam­bia the much needed re­sources. Mr Lifwekelo also sup­ported calls for the com­pany to be handed back to the State if its sale was shrouded in con­flict of in­ter­est. He re­it­er­ated that sus­pi­cions that Mr Hichilema, as ne­go­tia­tor dur­ing the pri­va­ti­za­tion of com­pa­nies had favoured in­vestors in his deal­ings should be thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated as well.

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