The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is alarmed by the brutal manner in which the police service arrested and beat up the Post editors Mr.Fred Mmembe and Mr.Joseph Mwenda,including Mr.Mmembe’s wife Mrs Mutinta Mazoka Mmembe. LAZ also condemns the the way the police man handled lawyers Mr.Nchima Nchito SC and Mr.Chisuwo Hamwela who were present following an attempt to enforce a legally binding order by the Revenue Appeals Tribunal dated 27th June 2016.

LAZ says the manner in which ZRA and the law enforcement has gone after the Post Newspapers appears to give credence to the argument by the Post that the actions are politically motivated.

Below is the Full Press release

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    • Linda YOU ARE BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH!!!!! Who doesn’t KNOW WHERE THESE ORDERS ARE COMING FROM??????????

      I suggest you START BY BOOTING OUT ONE CHAGWA, CHAKOLWA, THIEF & BRUTAL DICTATOR FROM LAZ!!
      Otherwise don’t even waste our time trying to posture as if you condemn the action!! Once you have kicked him out, then maybe we may just start listening to you!!!! Remember, YOU REPRESENT AN ASSOCIATION – THERE IS NOTHING HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO TO YOU – Yes the stance carries some personal risk – BUT HEY, who said SUCH PUBLIC STANDING COMES WITHOUT RISK – THIS WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOU & LAZ!!!

      Vote WISELY 11/8/2016!! Vote ZAMBIA FORWARD!!! Vote for a PROGRESSIVE PARTY WITH A VISION FOR THE COUNTRY!!! VOTE UPND!!! Abantu baya!!

      #Chagwamustfall!! #pamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!!

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    • The international community (the US, EU, UN etc) should move in and act against this brutal regime. We have never seen war before and one man’s appetite to stay in power cant be allowed to bring war in the nation. If it means crippling the economy so that the PF listens, let them do so. China should also listen to the masses and not come to give kaloba to PF government.

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    • BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ADVICE GIVEN FOR FREE FROM SISTER MWALE AND SISTER KASONDE TO YOU DULL LUNGU. LUNGU RISE ABOVE CHEAP POLITICKING AS STATE PRESIDENT OF OUR REPUBLIC. DO WHAT IS RIGHT. RELEASE MMEMBE AND THE WIFE AND COLLEAGUE UNCONDITIONALLY, OR-ELSE YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE MORE THAN 2000 VOTES THIS AUGUST. YOUR ACTIONS AGAINST NOT ONLY THE POST NEWSPAPER, BUT THE WHOLE PRESS IN OUR COUNTRY IS A BIG INSULT TO OUR ZAMBIAN DEMOCRACY, AND YOU MAKE CONCLUDE THAT INDEED SOMETHING MENTAL IS WRONG WITH YOU. YOU HAVE HEARD IT, RELEASE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY. STOP CAUSING HAVOC IN OUR COUNTRY YOU MALAWIAN. ZAMBIA IS OUR COUNTRY. IT IS OUR ONE AND ONLY COUNTRY. WE DON’T EVEN WANT YOUR USELESS DUAL CITIZENSHIP WHICH YOU COINED IN JUST TO COVER YOURSELF SINCE YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT 100% ZAMBIAN…

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    • Atleast she has put it on record…I thought being a woman, this girl would not survive the heat of that seat…weldone, and well said. The rule of Law is under severe threat in Zambia, under his Midicority; The Edgar Chagwa Lungu, 24/7 drunkmanship

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    • Is Edgar Lungu still a member of LAZ? If I was LAZ president I would fire the hell out of law association.

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    • Has the Post Newspaper been paying their taxes or not? When this fundamental question is answered then statements and innuendos can follow.

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    • THOSE SUPPORTING THE MEGALOMANIAC MMEMBE FORGET THE DAILY ASSAULT MMEMBE UNLEASHES ON OUR SENSIBILITIES EVERY DAY IN HIS DAILY GUTTER YELLOW SO-CALLED PAPER.
      NO CONTRARY VIEWS FROM REPORTERS ARE ALLOWED ON HIS TABLOID.
      HE USED TO NOT ONLY SUPPORT PF BUT FAWN AND SNIVEL BEFORE SATA BECAUSE THERE WAS AN UNDERSTANDING THAT HIS MISCHIEVOUSNESS OF NOT PAYING TAXES WOULD BE TOLERATED.
      AAND HE WANTS TO RULE ZAMBIA THROUGH HIS SCANDALOUS TABLOID AND WHEN HE FAILS HE ATTACKS LIKE A RABID DOG: AND HENCE THE MALICE TOWARDS LUNGU.
      ZAMBIANS HAVE SEEN THROUGH HIM.
      LET ME WARN THE NAIVE THAT IF WYNTER AND MMEMBE WERE IN CHARGE TODAY THERE WOULD BE NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH FROM THESE TWO DICTATORS.
      ASK YOURSELVES. WHY ARE THEY FANS OF CASTRO?
      ZAMBIA: DON’T BE FOOLED.

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  1. Linda I hope you read the order. It has a wrong date; any comment on that? Lawyers and reading!

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    • You’re the one who clearly did not read the Order; please understand the context being alluded to in that 2015 date.

      Bad reading culture indeed – failing to understand straightforward English!

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  2. Linda talks first and thinks later. Why not be impartial and address the illegality of the POST? Is LAZ not there to guide instead of taking sides and issuing empty demands.

    By the way is the Mutinta Mazoka adopted to stand on UPND ticket?????

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  3. what is the logic of putting Mrs Mmembe’s nickname in this statement? shows a complete bias of Linda.

    Am very disappointed with the quality of this statement. All LAZ members stop paying fees because according to ur Linda tax breakers are ZRA and not Post.

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    • Speak for yourself Ka Post Wanya.And read the signs.Chagwa is going.If you stole this is the time to hide your loot.Otherwise mukashalafye muli mwamonene investments.

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  4. Thank you LT for regular updating this growing story. Thanks LAZ for your added voice of concern, ba Linda you got elected for such a time as now, well done. We all know this was never about getting tax but squeezing a business to the ground, otherwise the many other media institutes and businesses with humongous tax burdens should be under the same level of scrutiny. The story that won’t just go away. It is a checkmate…..close the Post, the noise and condemnation will continue….open the Post, and Fred will release scathing factual Editorials on planned rigging and corruption. Feel sorry for the current regime in power.

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    • Charles Zulu
      This is the time that they should start feeling sorry for themselves.The abuse they have enjoyed is gonna lst just a few more days.After that they will suffer the same way we have suffered from their misrule and incompetent administration.

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  5. LINDA pls learn to be impartial and dont rush to have media breifings and to the media before u digest the happenings on the ground… wea do u serve a court order at a directors house in the late at night. am sure ur also very much aware about the judicial procedures infact mmembe shud be caged for criminal tresspass coz those police officers who were there wer not gods to knw that was a legitimate court order at night, they work with orders so dnt kam here and tell us yo not objective anaysis of this issue, i urge u to consider going to the bottom line of this issue iweee UPND cadre……#JUSTPAYFRED

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    • What impartiality are you asking for in the wake of such excessive abuse of state institutions against citizens? I don’t like Mmembe, but he does not deserve to be treated this way. NOT AT ALL. THIS IS TOTAL NONSENSE!

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    • Ba Makasa
      You and your PF have lost the plot.And this was expected.Wherever Sata got the talent to surround himself with the most inept people suprises me.Pipo be assured these 1diots cant even successfully rig an election.Few of them are sharp like KBF but the majority is just chaff waiting to be arrested.

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  6. Mmembe maybe owing ZRA but by the way police are going about it you can see that politics are at play in this matter why should the police beat him, the wife and his colleague then lock them up why beat his lawyers ? Zambians stand up against this dictator Lungu does not mean well for the country give him another five years you will lI’ve to regret. Vote them out please.

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  7. Normal countries don’t run this way. We should refuse to be governed in this manner! There is need for an uprising to redeem ourselves from abuse by PF! Opposition leaders must lead the uprising and we will join! We are waiting for orders from our opposition leaders! This nonsense needs to stop now!

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  8. They all intruded and that is the reason for beating them up in the middle of the night. Just pay and the whole thing will die. At first I thought the order came from the Hague!!!!!!!!

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  9. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE SOMEONE WHO IS NOT QUALIFIED
    COMING FROM THE SO CALLED LAWYER. SICKENING
    UPND FAILURE AND MAGGOT LINDA ID NOT BWALINDA PA KANYO KAKWA LINDA

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    • Typical PF.
      The Game look at the civil and learned comments above then read your pathetic comment again.You are the pipo Zambia is determined to take back to Katondo Street or if you stole blindly PRISON

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  10. She does not think before rushing to the press. The other day she took the Government to Court over Ministers and lost terribly. By the time she leaves LAZ it would have lost all the credibility.

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  11. Ba LAZ where have been all this time the supreme court made a ruling? My expectation is that you should have been in the fore front to assist your fellow lawyer to pay the taxes which are long overdue.

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  12. This Linda girl is too beautiful to be involved in this dirty Fred issues. My girl walabipilamofye. That Fred is a criminal in waiting.

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  13. The functions of the Tribunal are to hear and determine
    (a) Appeals from decisions of the Commissioner-General under the Customs and Excise Act, the Income Tax Act, the Property Transfer Tax Act, the Value Added Tax Cap. 331 Act and other tax legislation; and
    (b) Any matter prescribed by the Minister, by statutory instrument, to be a matter against which an appeal may be made under the Acts referred to in paragraph (a).
    There is nowhere where it is written that they are supposed to review Supreme Court ruling. The tribunal is a lower Court equivalent to the High Court. Police are not there to enforce illegal decisions like the one from the tribunal.
    A matter that has been adjudicated by a competent court ( in this case the Supreme court), may not be pursued further by the same…

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    • Are you a lawyer? Are you a member of Laz? The Law Association of your country says it was a lawful order so what are you going on about. The president of the bar says its wrong and in what capacity are you speaking?

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    • The same president of the association you are talking about, recently lost the case about the minister in the court of law.Being a president of the association does not mean you know everything.

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    • Kant Neva
      Walasa,even my grade six son knows the highest court in Zambia.that’s the problem with leakage,someone goes all the way to the bar,but cannot understand the system,Pa Zed bwafya.You want to justify a wrong because of politics,AWE SURE!

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  14. I guess all those trips to fellow dictators in Zimbabwe and Uganda now beginning to show. When you consult such brutal men you pick very bad manners.

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  15. KiKiKiKi, Zambia has gone to the dogs. Zambia is finished, Zambians created a dictator in less than two years, I didn’t know Easterners were this…… Bembas score a zero, thought bembas were smarter than a 5th grader, who thought an easterner would beat a bemba, come on Lungu, Dora, Kanitudila in the back ground, I am smiling was waiting to see the muscle of a bemba. Lungu until 2025, what is northern going to do? I am watching. Next Zambians will be asked to feed on rats like in Tanzania, lol.

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  16. Yesterday ECL was blasting Foreign Embassies to pay Tax charges on behalf of The POST if they sympathized with Fred Mmembe.
    But when it comes to police acting out of law, he doesn’t comment – Something is not right here.
    This raising suspicion that the whole tax issue with Fred Mmembe is orchestrated by PF to victimize those who oppose them.

    Can ECL be a leader for all Zambians and DEFEND the LAW, regardless if it was Fred Mmembe or not, the truth is this shows lawlessness

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  17. This issue will make Chakolwa not sleep. It will not die a a natural death. But mwamonekela. Court orders must be challenged legally through the courts of law. Not by refusing to honour them.

    At supreme court. We know how Lungu is trying to fix this or that person through appointments of judges. Some of these so called justices are highly questionable. Who can trust Essau Chulu at ECZ. He may be carrying a title of Justice but in his brain is full of chagwa.

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  18. The point is that in a Constitutional Democracy u do not expect the President to ignore Court Orders. Lungu swore to the Constitution of Zambia that he will uphold the laws of Zambia. As State President Lungu should lead by example and respect Court Orders. As it is ZRA & ZRP should be charged with the contempt of Court Orders. The way Lungu has handled this matter is unpresidential and deplorable in the eyes of the public and International Community. Why can’t Lungu see that this Post issue is losing him votes with the electorate and damaging his standing if any. Vote Team HH and GBM.

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    • HAS HE EVER HANDLED ANY MATTER AS PRESIDENTIAL? I HAVE NOT ANYTHING LIKE THAT, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE BEEN MANY INCIDENTS WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE ACTED SO.

      ITS UNFORTUNATE, REALLY.

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    • I suspect Mmembe is doing it deliberately to fix Lungu. We shall see who will be smiling last. I know this chap and i do not support him on not paying tax either. The truth is he wants to show us what bunch of leaders we currently have. Does Lungu have proper advisers? If i were Lungu, i would not allow these small irrelevant issues tarnish my humble image. People are now able to read in between the line.

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  19. Linda Kasonde ask my questions
    1. On whom was the so called court order served and at what time?
    2. Was there any threat of selling the 3Post assets if the order was not setved at 01:00hrs?
    3. What was the rush for?
    4. What can you tell us about whether there can be a court process by lower court after the Supreme Court has ruled?
    5. What evidence do you have that the three were beaten?
    6. The Post both owes ZRA and has been evading tax since 2009, tell me of any other company that has been spared but both owes tax and has been arrogantly refusing to pay its taxes? Who can do that? Would you honestly say that the two companies should be treated the same?
    7. And what is thing of fondly calling Miss Mazoka by her nickname too? What does it say about your standing as LAZ? Even in…

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  20. 7. And what is thing of fondly calling Miss Mazoka by her nickname too? What does it say about your standing as LAZ? Even in court GBM is called by his names not a nickname? Bias or what? Olo bakugula ba HH?
    8. Was the court order served on ZRA or the police? Who are the respondent according to the order?
    9. Finally, shut your trap Kasonde and your LAZ .
    9. Was the c

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  21. LAZ should not take sides with criminals especially on matters which have not been investigated to avoid being embarrassed later. The order produced by Mmembe could to be a sham. And where is proof that Mmembe was beaten?

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  22. KiKiKiKi, Zambia has gone to the dogs. Zambia is finished, Zambians created a dictator in less than two years, I didn’t know Easterners were this…… Bembas score a zero, thought bembas were smarter than a 5th grader, who thought an easterner would beat a bemba, come on Lungu, Dora, Kanitudila in the back ground, I am smiling was waiting to see the muscle of a bemba. Lungu until 2025, what is northern going to do? I am watching. Next Zambians will be asked to feed on rats like in Tanzania, lol.

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  23. Lol Ba Linda another 1-0 just like you went with that poor application to the Con Court and lost miserably…read the piece of paper the Registrar of the Tribunal signed and then tell me about lawful, can you in your right frame of mind accept that the RAT can in an ex-parte order make detail a payment structure and on that basis ‘stay’ the rulings of the Supreme Court? Freddie went in haste after a few hours as a vendor to reclaim what he thought he could now rub into the faces of the law…if he has valued his trucks and trailers in the exact judgment sum why cannot he not auction these and pay the Zambians what he owes? Because he wants someone else to sale them…next week we shall value his seized property, printers, buildings and sell the lot

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  24. Violence is the worst form of oppression. It humiliates people to the extent of hitting back in self defence as a natural reaction. Violence in any form must be condemned in the strongest terms. Every citizen right or wrong is entitled to dignified treatment. For those of my countrymen who are deriving pleasure from this action should think twice. Today it’s Mmembe and his people tomorrow it will be you and the rest of the nation. Dictators are created by the people by cheering their illegality. Museveni and Mugabe used to be darlings but look at them now. They have beaten their people to submission to the extent of appointing wives into ministers. How can a humble president allow police to beat a man and his wife including his lawyers, detain them without charge with impunity? Am not a…

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  25. fun of Mmembe but he is still a human being. I miss Mwanawasa. He wouldn’t have allowed this to happen.

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  26. Are you aware that the Post Newspaper broke the law? Are you also aware that the Supreme Court made a ruling against the paper? Lord let me leave this here or else I will call this association a Pinhead Association of Membe!

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    • Ba Victor
      Mulichipuba.
      There is a court or tribunal order whch has been defied by your police force.Mmembe has issues but there is one saying of his that I find to be full of wisdom
      “IF THE WORLD IS NOT GOOD TO ANY MAN IT WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR ALL OF US”
      Next it will be you being brutalised by the state even when you have a court order.Anyway why am I wasting my time.A nigger cant get anthing.

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  27. Well now Linda Kasonde my naive baby lady, Mmembe has been arrested for uttering a forged document, the one you called a “lawful court order”. Ala Linda mwaice, ni Mmembe uyu li stinking crook who does nor care for anybody except himself, he will soil your hands. Look how HH now stinks from Mmembe’s stench.

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  28. So take my advice Linda, and leave the stinking to the likes of Helen.Mwale. Balya fyali balinga. nomba iwe mayo Linda uli lawyer.

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  29. The LAZ has taken too long to comment. And becomes the organization has taken too long to comment, it has found itself now commenting on Police brutality. Most of us where interested in knowing what the LAZ thought of the principle of ZRA wanting its money by closing shop of the company that owes it money. Was it in order? Diplomats were commenting on this issue and LAZ was silent. It only comes to comment now because of the misbehavior of Mmembe last night. We wanted LAZ to comment when the iron was hot. Now the organization is directing its comment on a stale story if I have to be blunt. It is such inefficiency from LAZ that makes some of us wonder whether the leaders of that body are under the payroll of Mmembe. Law is Law, it should not matter whether the one under dispute is a…

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  30. This lawyer is loud. The loudest that has ever occupied that seat. Unfortunately she is fighting a wrong fight. You lawyers are just a confused lot. Are you trying to undermine the ruling from the supreme court, Linda? What’s the role of LAZ in Zambia? Is LAZ against the Supreme court and its judgement in this ZRA/Post News paper. Protect ZRA not the lawless M’membe. To loud for nothing piece of crap.

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  31. Can Laz tell the nation that the supreme court was wrong.the post should get away scot free from paying taxes and if any papers from.the courts he knows were to find the tax men besides at their offices its open for free from mornings to late afternoons but y go and servy the document to the cops at the mid of the nite . the guy has defaulted from 2009 that’s 7_yrs and he went to bed. People default but don’t be arrogant with law now what is Laz is about the forged document if proven right you laz hole have facts before you open your dirty legs

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  32. i am amazed at how PF cadres who are enjoying freedom where they are supporting the brutal acts of their pathetic party. An innocent Unza graduate Malesu ws brutally murdered and you’re singing praises to Changwa and PF. The blood of the innocent will haunt Changwa and PF and the stup!d Lusaka Christian who are for for Lungu ans not for Christ.

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  33. Very difficult choice to make:::: TO SERVE LAZ or MMEMBE?
    Damn this guy is a mafia.
    The God Father movie is made to look like a cartoon network film compared to how Mmembe is making politicians ( HH, SATA, LPM) , LAZ,MISA etc worship him.
    The guy is wanted by DBZ, NACL, NAPSA, ZRA, FINANCE BANK, BOZ ……

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  34. Linda am an engineer but I think I can do better than you, you are not suppose to take sides in current position as LAZ President and for that matter did you consult your colleagues or you are just speaking from your head? we expect wise counsel from you. By the way, you sound like a UPND cadre!

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  35. This is the problem that these institutions have when they are led by half baked people. By the way, what the is the purpose of LAZ in Zambia? I believe this lady doesnt even know anything except that she wants to pretend to know something.
    Is LAZ in short saying that all organisations must start defaulting on tax obligation? Whats so special about the Post? Isnt tax collection by ZRA supported by the same laws that this Linda is advocating to misuse? Thats the same reason some of us were very careful with our choice of careers, I just imagine myself being a lawyer, its BORING and not fulfilling!!!!

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  36. I think she is not fit to be in that position, honestly. The other day she opposed the referendum by held together with the General Elections but after we pumped some sense in her, she changed and now LAZ is supporting the idea, what a shame! How did she get to lead the same LAZ thing?

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