ActionAid Zambia has observed that Zambia’s sixth President Edgar Lungu comes at a time when the country has a number of unresolved but critical challenges such as the impasse on VAT refunds and the contestations on the proposed mineral royalties for the mining sector.
In extending her organization’s congratulations to Mr Lungu on his election, ActionAid Zambia Country Director Pamela Chisanga in a statement says another critical issue that Zambians expect the new President and his government to resolve is that of enacting a new constitution for Zambia.
Ms Chisanga says over the coming months, President Lungu and the PF should be looking at working towards an optimal tax system that seeks to strike a balance between ensuring the greatest possible benefit for the public and at the same time, encouraging quality, sustainable investment in the country.
She notes that companies pay their fair share of tax to the country, and that this has the power to help build a better future by providing vital public services.
Ms Chisanga states that the enactment of a new Constitution and Access to Information laws should also be prioritised.
She further states that a new Constitution especially if the present draft is enacted has the potential to transform many lives through improving the level of democratic freedom and quality of public service delivery in Zambia.
The ActionAid Zambia country Director adds that the new Constitution should be enacted before the end of this year to allow the 2016 elections to be held under a new and progressive Constitution.
Ms Chisanga says it is their hope that Mr Lungu will uphold the highest level of transparency and accountability in managing the nation’s resources and that the government will endeavour to be more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Zambian people.