Mr Amos Chanda
Mr Amos Chanda

SPECIAL Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Mr AMOS Chanda says the new Tax Measures that Minister of Finance announced during the Presentation of the 2019 budget to Parliament will remain as approved and will take effect as law on said dates.

Mr Chanda said President Lungu is waiting for a justification from the Mining companies as to why they are opposed to Sales Tax in Zambia but complying to the same Tax in other regimes.

“President Lungu has left the matter in the hands of Mining companies to justify for instance why they are opposed to sales Tax here when they are complying to sales Tax in other regimes” he said

Mr Chanda said President Lungu still maintains that He will not allow any shading off of labour from mining companies.

“As said when upon arrival on the Copperbelt, President Lungu will not accept unjustified shading off of labour over matters where the mining companies have not made a credible case regarding the proposed retrenchment of workers” he stated.

Mr Chanda President Lungu made it clear that the tax measures in Zambia was fair and not punitive and was arrived at through a broad and consultative mechanism.

He said government will not put in measures that can disadvantage the growth of the private sector.

President Lungu said this in the a meeting with the Chamber of Mines.

President Lungu appealed to the Chamber of Mines that if they have genuine cases to present they must present to Miniseries of Mines, Finance and Labour.

In this regard, Mr Chanda announced that a team of technocrats will be in North Western Province to meet with the owners of First Quantum Mine (FQM) to asses if they have a core case to make for their proposal.

AND, Mr Chanda informed the media on the meeting President Lungu had with the Mine Workers Union.

He said President Lungu was satisfied with the understanding of the Union as they are fully cognizant of the fact that for government to function smoothly and for social services to be delivered government has to collect taxes in a free and fair manner.

Mr Chanda said President Lungu further urged the Mine workers union of Zambia to engage with the mine owners and see the justification for any decision what so ever that mining companies might decide to make in terms of shading off labour

The Head of State also called on the Mine unions to take lead in the discussions to ensure that every action is justified.

Both Meetings took place in Kitwe, Copperbelt while President was on a 2 day working visit in the Province.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. THE GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES IN THIS STORY ARE TOO MANY. PLEASE LT SEND YOUR REPORTERS TO SCHOOL AGAIN.

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    • SPECIAL Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Mr AMOS Chanda .

      That’s his position. If you cant understand it wait until you grow from being an under5. We can’t be teaching you all the time everything. Others still thinks LT is a media house where journalism ethics can be practiced. FYI Lusaka times is a blogger while you are commentators simple. Don’t expect proper grammar as most bloggers are have humble education and majority are from non media backgrounds.

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    • Maybe this guy has started thinking again .This is the first sensible thing I have heard from him in a long time .

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    • Government is right on taxes. It’s just how these monies are mismanaged that makes people feel like they are being ripped off. If people can see correct things happening with their money they will agree. Not everywhere we hear “government fundd misappropriated” etc

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    • @Nostradamus we all wonder who is the government spokesperson. Chanda or Siliya? It just shows how careless they are about our taxes since they give them as salaries to duplicated duties.
      Lungu is very wasteful of our money. Did these people pay back their fake salaries?

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    • Why is Amos making these statements and not the govt spokeswoman…Lazy Lungu himself should be out there stating his position not cowering behind bottles of whiskey.

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  2. I think this guy is overstepping to matters that doesn’t fall under his belt. Where’s the government spokesperson to talk about this matter of governance. Update us on presidential trips and his schedule. Leave these matters to the relevant ministers and ministries.

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    • Actually in PF there is so much confusion no one knows his role,even Kamba can make policy pronouncements and nothing happens to him,this confusion is the real legacy of Sata

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    • This guy is within his rights to comment on anything because he does not speak on his behalf but that of the president. Because president Edgar Chagwa Lungu is afraid to face the media and explain anything, he directs his spokesperson to speak and issue statements. Amos Chanda has issued many statements some of them a bit weird and confusing but he has never faced a backlash from his boss and that you should tell you he never comes up with anything but with the blessing of the president. His job is to speak on behalf of the president!

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    • The Observer
      I get you but you should also realise that failing to address the nation and sending this twerp to do his job is leadership failure.The man wants all the trappings of power,new jet,salary increment, but he does not want the job itself.If you have noticed he hardly spends time in State House, a week hardly passes without seeing either flying out of the country or just moving around the country, that is why people lime Amos have taken over his job…

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    • He knows his boss is incompetent hence takes it upon himself to issue statement…what can Lazy Lungu do; did you not hear the insults he spewed in BUFFOON CK’s direction.
      This is a govt policy matter which requires a political response for govt spokeswoman. When the mines dig in and start to get rid of workers who is Lungu going to send to negotiate Amos or a minister?

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    • THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A LAZY DRIVER, THE LORRY BOY WILL PROMOTE HIMSELF TO DRIVER AND TAKE OVER

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  3. It is really annoying following this story,whilst we all hope that we get a fair bargain from the mines this government has totally failed to account for these revenues.Corruption is now a culture,engaging in questionable expenditure is now a norm,and wasting funds is ok.PF should just shut up,it is painful to be reminded where our money is going…

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  4. Taxes in the morning, taxes at lunch, taxes in the evening, taxes when you on the road. This is the only legacy pf will leave, more taxes out of your pockets.

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  5. There are many reasons why the IMF has been reluctant to bail out Zambia and among them is that the government has been too lazy to collect the abundant resources from the mines.

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  6. Dora Siliya eats quietly because we have Amos Chanda as another government spokesperson. Silya Dora has nothing to do please fire her not only hardworking generals.

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    • Dora has been muted because you can not have two people who are not on the same page as they dont trust one another and their boss is merely a figurehead who lacks leadership skills.

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  7. Kudos to the ECL government on this – we have even come too late to the plate. It’s about time we started leveraging our minerals.

    The mines will bite back and it’s normal for businesses to react when it is clear the profits will be cut back but they will remain. Slowly they will re-invest and re-employ. In the end we win, again.

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    • You have access to the internet but you would rather use bundles for facebook than doing your own re – search

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  8. 1. “Press and Public Relations Mr AMOS Chanda says the new Tax Measures that Minister of Finance announced during the Presentation of the 2019 budget to Parliament will remain as approved and will take effect as law on said dates.”

    2. “President Lungu appealed to the Chamber of Mines that if they have genuine cases to present they must present to Miniseries of Mines, Finance and Labour.

    In this regard, Mr Chanda announced that a team of technocrats will be in North Western Province to meet with the owners of First Quantum Mine (FQM) to asses if they have a core case to make for their proposal.”

    Imwe ba PF, so which is which? We can only conclude that you have backed down and will negotiate. I am sure the mines have presented facts which you did not know. Just saving face to…

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    • PF dont have the backbone to fight this instead they will go behind closed doors and give tax breaks to most of them then in public sing about going ahead thats why the mines go quiet after meetings.

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  9. Wr gonna support u ba president on this one.these foreigner investors think we are so dull.they even boost that africa is a place to make money n use for leizure in europe.they say in u want to be rich to to africa n bribe politician by jst giving him or her a car n few dollas.noooooo we need to benefir.if u continue like this then we gonna vote for u n leave let bantustan party die natural death

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  10. Very good stance by GRZ. Let us stand firm on this one and show the foreign investors that we will not bow to them this time. They can lay off as many workers as they want but they can’t send us out, it is us to send them out when they refuse to comply with our conditions.

    2019 must be a year to finally dispel foreign dependency and devise plan B or plan Z for the future management of our own resources. Let’s roll..

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  11. Leave this good govt it has standardized a lot of previously primitive system too many to mention to morden levels egepayslips,Avouchers, toll gates etc where govt used to loose a lot of cash.it has put systems to save cash for govt.I wish I was a Zambian good govt good people but too much gossiping and cheating

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  12. Cobalt has been depleted in Zambia. What does the country have to show for it? NOTHING though the mining companies reaped huge profits! Next is copper … !

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