When we pay our taxes, we do so with the notion that our monies will go to Zambia’s developmental agenda, but alas , we are sponsoring musicians to have a good time in the United states.
As a country we claim to have no money for important projects like diversification, energy systems upgrade, upgrading UTH,a place where many citizens die because there is no equipment to treat certain illnesses like cancer etc. But we have enough money to charter a plane at K4 000 000 for the president to fly and with him , a large entourage that has no purpose.
An entourage that eats out of our hard earned taxes, is accommodated in 5 star accommodation off our taxes, and is given huge sums of money as allowances off our taxes ? Why did they take with them musicians and party officials for government duty? What was their purpose at the UN? Did the UN need filler entertainment for the first time in history ? Then upon the return, a huge welcome party is organized , chewing more tax payers money.
People are paid allowances for welcoming the president. Why is that so? Defence chiefs are paid over K2000 every time they welcome or see off the president, all the dignitaries are paid off. It is only in Zambia that such careless extravagance is present.In india for example , their leader is merely picked up by a small tata vehicle and another behind for security. India as a country is 100 times bigger than Zambia.
Even in the wealthy European nations, no such expenditure can be afforded. We love Edgar Lungu as a person, for me personally , he cancelled my Expulsion from university, and dropped the police charges against me for protesting for hostel accommodation at higher learning institutions- the hostels currently under construction when he was the home affairs minister.So there is no malice.
But what we hate is self inflicted POVERTY. It is very immoral for a government to spend so much tax payers money on non progressive agendas. I don’t mind the president using my taxes when he goes to the UN, what we mind is people like Mumbi Phiri bathing in state finances at the expense of children dying of cancer at UTH, at the expense of children dying of malnutrition, at the expense of youth unemployment, I find that very wrong at whatever level. Invest OUR money in Income Generating progressive ventures.
By Niza Phiri (munali aspirant)