By Brian Kaps
On top of very high and unaffordable fuel prices, with no clear explanations, the government has gone on rampage increasing the tollgates by more than One Hundred Percent.
A very unfair way of collecting revenues indeed, it is probable that the government has unreservedly run out of ideas on how to collect money from citizenry hence inflicting these poor polices on Zambians who have been subjected to tightening of their belts under the pretext of diversification which has been just on paper and never actualized.
I therefore urge the government to find suitable ways of dealing with challenges of this country unlike inflicting so much pain on innocent people who made them to be what they are today. You cannot just work up and start implementing polices which will adversely affect the people and the country at large.
The government has got a very important role to play in this country and one of the functions is the provision of social safety that is designed to adequately cater to the needs of economically disadvantaged members of society that is not subject to political meddling or manipulation. It is also the duty of the government to provide an enabling environment to this country and see it to that the benefits of the country are trickling down even to the underprivileged.
Am saying this is theft because the charges are too much for the poor Zambians and besides, there are no exemptions, you can pay as many times as possible for as long as you are travelling and the first receipt given will not act as a guarantee for you not to pay at the next point.
I will again urge the government to rescind this policy and identify proper ways of collecting revenues such as quickening the process of giving title deeds to people or citizens or make it flexible and accessible to everyone and let the government then collect land rates. I want to believe that, there are so many houses which are not on title because of the process being intricate and these houses are not paying rates. That is just one proper way of the government collecting money from the people. I can provide as many as possible but for now, let me end here.