UPND leader cen­sured on tax talk

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

UPND pres­i­dent Hakainde Hichilema is the wrong per­son to com­plain about taxes when he is ac­tu­ally partly to blame fol­low­ing the role he played in the pri­vati­sa­tion process, op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal party lead­ers have said.

And Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) me­dia di­rec­tor Sun­day Chanda charged that Mr Hakainde Hichilema’s out­burst con­tra­dicts the UPND po­si­tion in the mo­ments that fol­lowed the pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2019 bud­get on Sep­tem­ber 28, 2018.

This was in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to UPND spokesper­son, Charles Kakoma’s re­marks that the party wel­comed the changes to the Min­eral Roy­alty Tax.

And Third Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment (3rd LM) pres­i­dent, Enock Tonga said Mr Hichilema should be the last per­son to com­plain about nu­mer­ous taxes say­ing when en­trusted with the pri­vati­sa­tion process he dis­ad­van­taged the coun­try and sold the paras­tatal firms at cheaply.

Mr Tonga told the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day, that a call for the in­quiry on pri­vati­sa­tion would be a waste of re­sources and time as those charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity at the time had al­ready shown signs of be­ing guilty.

‘‘As the Third Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment our take is that we need a broad tax base that does not only tar­get a cer­tain group of peo­ple, how­ever, Mr Hichilema is a wrong per­son to com­plain about taxes be­cause if he would have done the right thing when en­trusted with the pri­vati­sa­tion process things could have been bet­ter,’’ he said.

And Na­tional Rev­o­lu­tion Party (NRP) pres­i­dent Cosmo Mumba lashed out at Mr Hichilema for not de­fend­ing the in­ter­est of Zam­bia but im­pe­ri­al­ists whose in­ten­tions were highly ques­tion­able.

Dr Mumba said it was an­noy­ing that all the time Mr Hichilema seem­ingly sup­ports out­siders at the ex­pense of cit­i­zens whom he claim he de­sired to serve bet­ter.

Dr Mumba said NRP was sched­uled to go for a con­ven­tion on Fe­bru­ary 28, this year and chal­lenged the

UPND to fol­low suit if it was a demo­cratic party.

Pa­tri­otic Front me­dia di­rec­tor Sun­day Chanda

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