THE House of Chiefs has recommended to Government to consider exempting traditional leaders from paying tax from their personal incomes.
The House said traditional leaders are senior citizens and should be given special privileges.
Moving the motion during the House’s sitting in Lusaka on Thursday, Chief Liteta of Central Province said he is concerned that traditional leaders have been subjected to paying tax when they are senior citizens who are contributing meaningfully to national development.
The chief said traditional leaders must be exempted from paying tax from their personal incomes.
“Traditional rulers play an important role in the development of any nation because they are the custodians of the law. Chiefs advise Governments on any issues concerning the welfare of people because politicians alone cannot manage without the support of traditional leaders.
“It is for this reason that they should be exempted from paying tax from their personal incomes to help them stand on their own,” he said.
Seconding the motion, Chief Simamba of Southern Province said traditional leaders play a unifying role besides helping to spearhead development in their chiefdoms.
He said the chiefs should, therefore, be given special privileges which will give them an opportunity to contribute effectively to overall economic development.
Supporting the motion, Chieftainess Nkhomeshya of Chongwe said Government should consider amending the current tax system and ensure that traditional leaders are exempted from paying tax from their personal incomes.
“The salaries of chiefs are low and when taxes are deducted from our salaries, we almost remain with nothing. We need to be exempted from paying tax to improve our welfare,” she said.
[Zambia Daily Mail]