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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Ex ZRA boss Kingsley Chanda’s farewell message, don’t lower the bar

Economy Ex ZRA boss Kingsley Chanda’s farewell message, don’t lower the bar

Dismissed Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda has urged workers at the authority not to lower the bar despite his departure.

Mr Chanda has appealed to the workers to continue working with the same determination and commitment adding that the country desperately needs revenues.

He further urged then to support the new commissioner general as the authority is critical to the success of government.

“Let me take this early opportunity to thank you for the teamwork and the results we collectively achieved in the last 5 years of my contract. There is no doubt ZRA has been transformed and it’s contribution to the nation is evident.

Please note that the position of CG is a Presidential appointment and the decision by the new President is perfectly in order. I will personally thank him for the opportunity to work with him for a few days in my new contract,” Mr Chanda said.

President Hakainde Hichilema has relieved Mr Chanda of his duties in exercise of his powers in accordance with Section 19 (3) of the Zambia Revenue Authority Act, Chapter 321 of the Laws of Zambia read with Article 270 of the Constitution of Zambia.

The President has since appointed Mr Dingani Banda as the new Zambia Revenue Authority Commissioner General pursuant to Section 19 (l) of the Zambia Revenue Authority Act, Chapter 321 of the Laws of Zambia.

44 COMMENTS

  1. My concern is always at what cost to the Zambians when ever a new governments fires someone on a contract? Mr Chanda has just done 3 months into his 5 years contract which was a perfectly legal contract and so he has to be compensated for dismissal. Remember the same the Zambia railways issue with Clive Chirwa? So tomorrow HH goes a new president fires the new man at ZRA and so it goes and it’s accepted as the norm?

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  2. HA HA HA DONT LOWER THE BAR
    THE QUESTION IS CAN THE BAR GO ANY LOWER
    ZRA IS IN AN ABSOLUTE MESS FOR MOST TAX PAYERS
    ALSO JUST HOW MUCH HAS THE COUNTRY LOST WITH THIS CHAP AT THE HELM

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  3. The reforms that Kingsley introduced were positive. He saved the Authority substantial amounts of money when he introduced the tax management application locally developed with the CBU. We no longer feel intimidated when we face ZRA officials, Kingsley made the Authority receptive to all categories of tax payers unlike in the past. We go to ZRA on our own. I hope that his successor will build on some of the successes that he’s scored. I don’t wish to see Kingsley through the lenses of ECL

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  4. THE COST OF PAYING HIM OUT WILL BE FAR LESS THAN THE LOSS THE COUNTRY HAS FACED OR WOULD HAVE CONTINUED TO FACE
    GOOD MOVE BY GOVERNMENT

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  5. @Tikki,
    You’re correct.
    Long overdue to fire this cap..
    Kuya bebele..so many people complained about him..

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  6. Chimbwi no plan….you fire someone on a brand new contract kikikikiki Chanda is laughing straight to the Bank this is like early retirement for him and he will cash in big time….if you do the math it will be like paying 2 commissiners for the next 5 years….am wondering how did HH even become rich….in kwachas by the way

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  7. Saw the video UPND cadres assaulting a PF Cadre at the high Court…no wonder HH wants to put investigative agents under his bamba……UPND cadres have become so unruly they even assaulted a 2 Police officers

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  8. #1 you are definitely on point… i think there should be a way to avoid these unreasonable losses?? paying off a gratuity to an individual who just served free months… i think not to renew contracts for these guys heading quasi government departments and other agencies when an election is about to be held could be a solution to avoid such unpleasant situations…

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  9. The Domino Effect… you fire one person you adversely affect one hundred individuals depending on the fired individual. My manager had a friend who was looking for a job but there was no vacancy in our company. So I was the target but when this gentleman discovered that I was going to be the sacrificial lamb for his benefit, he backed out. I am not only grateful but still puzzled that we have such people in our midist.

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  10. @ Tikki
    You are wrong…..Chanda will be getting paid without even showing up for work for the next 5 years and after that retirement kicks in….and do you know much money is that….ZRA commissioner gets big money my friend

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  11. @Saulos: KC shall be paid on pro rata basis as if he has served the entire contract, so this notion of been paid monthly till 2026 is misplaced. Besides,this contract was renewed by the PF and linked it’s tenor to theirs. As in everything they really believed they would bounce back. The President has privileged information on this fellow. His replacement has been working as a team with KC. Just chill, more are going and coming…

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  12. If only the PF had been seeing things that way whn they were running government. Two wrongs don’t make a right but do they even recognize that they were wrong? How did so many mukula logs find their way out of the country in questionable circumstances if ZRA was being run in the interest of this contry? Minister of Community Development Doreen Mwamba saw things for herself in Mwense and the video is there.

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  13. Comrade chanda you have achieved a lot during your tenure. You should hold your head high and actually see this as a blessing in disguise because I am sure you wouldn’t want to work under the leadership of a government that is controlled by a few t.0.n.gas running Zambian watchdog. You will always be successful with or without the role while those laughing will continue languishing in poverty

  14. C0mrade chanda you have achieved a lot during your tenure. You should hold your head high and actually see this as a blessing in dlsguise because I am sure you wouldn’t want to work under the Ieadership of a government that is controlled by a few tall-ngaz running Zambian watchd0g. You will always be successful with or without the role while those laughing will continue langulshing in poverty

  15. This man talks as if he was head of a manufacturing company yet he is a tax collector, ZRA has never came out and said oh we didnt hit target before even before his appointment. The only reason he performed well was he was surrounded by myopia in the pervious regime, apart from PF cadres go and ask the officers at the borders about how they are enjoying their work. How can a Tax Commission General have clearing companies competing other companies ..the grounds for abuse of power and corruption are high and someone will say he is a hard worker.
    These institutions and govt companies never really grow because appointing authorises always appoint from within, same people who stool by and looked the other way are the new CEOs….why can you not bring someone from outside? Look at the CEOs…

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  16. Am sure even his Funders are now shaking their heads in disbelief…and notice how calm KC is….he knows this is a blessing in disguise….staying at home watching TV and getting your full salary for 5 years….who wouldn’t want that??? ……..HH is taking things personal….not in the interest of the country…NO DOUBT HH IS A ONE TERM PRESIDENT

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  17. Nemwine – ZRA is a tax collector…if you have a truck loaded with Mukula logs and has signed paperwork from the Minister Of Lands and ZAFFICO. what do you want them to do? delay the truck not even ZRA boss could touch the truck….remember PF was a criminal organisation, go and ask ZRA why no one was arrested for smuggling in alcohol or smuggling out maize…you have the trucks and drivers but do not know who the owners are.

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  18. These commissioners should never be appointed by the president. This is how we encourage corruption. The new president may have done this to pave way for his own interests. These institutions belong to the Zambian people not political parties. The firing by who ever becomes president is turning our national institutions into political party perks. Instead of continuity and improvement, we see these institutions being turned into cash cows by political cadres looking for payback. I’m sure ZESCO will be next and we hope this firing will be due poor performance and load shedding.

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  19. @13 Kubeja Badala
    Even if he gets paid pro rata basis he still gets his full salary…the exact amount he was getting paid when he was working the only thing missing will be his allowances……don’t justify it just because it’s HH involved…what would you say if it was Lungu who did it

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  20. Saulosi – He is calm because he knew he was going to go what do you want him to say ….you want him to protest? Next is ZESCO where they have made losses of billions of kwacha. You want to keep someone who was part of the rot for another 5 years in a very influential position. At least he enjoyed 5 years lucrative contracts not so for his officers …go and ask officers at ZRA how long their contracts are?
    You have to get over PF its gone and was a vile criminal organisation …how does this decision make HH a one term president? Keep hallucinating like a spoiled child who has not had his way.

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  21. Saulosi – Get this throw your bull-headed skull…his position was UNTENABLE just like Mvunga’s position was at BOZ. You dont understand how this govt wants to grow the economy. He is lucky he was not arrested by ACC as there was too much rot under PF were he looked the other way…only PF cadres were importing vehicles without paying duty. You should be thankful HH is not ruthless but very methodical.

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  22. Unless there is more to the dismissal than meets the eye, I am inclined to think that firing KC only three months after his contract was renewed for another five years was completely unnecessary. It will certainly be a blessing in disguise for KC because it means he will be paid gratuity for five years for “nothing” because he has serve only three months of his renewed five-year contract! But the man did a lot of wonders at ZRA in terms of performance, always exceeding set revenue collection targets by wide margins, so it is the nation which will suffer. As far as I am concerned, the system of appointing CEOs from within is good because it encourages workers to work hard so that they too reach that level.

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  23. kanamaso kakubeka – You keep saying he did wonders …what wonders are these that you choose not to mention? What are you comparing them with? Which country? Tax authorities everywhere have modernised with innovation comes maximum collection of revenue….moreover its us people who import and export who have been lobbying the govt of the day to have a fair implementation of customs duty at the borders as opposed to guesswork. And for you information in a tax office you have to be clean not so for this man its no surprise Lazy Lungu rewarded him as he recognised wrongdoing and corruption at the expense of Zambian people.

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  24. FutureZed – Who do you want to appoint the ZRA CEO? Either way the Executive will always have a say, Zambia is a Republic …unfortunately our MPs are not independent in their thinking they never reject scrutinize some of these Presidential appointments ..its always done behind closed doors. This is what John Sangwa was talking about…say someone like Dingani Banda should have been publicly interviewed, a lifestyle audit of him undertaken…those are the changes you should be calling for.

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  25. Lungu knew this would happen.

    He is the one that has caused this miss of renewing contracts months before an election.

    I honestly can not wait for Lungu to be caged for crimes committed against our country.

    Bootlicker is history. For defilement alone, he will spend minimum 15 years with hard labour.

    This is before even the corruption and theft charges.

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  26. So because you know that when there’s a new president you will be fired, steal as much as you can…uwauma nafyala.

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  27. IndigoTyrol – Lazy Lungu was too incompetent too relaxed too foooolish to know what was happening around him all he knew was he was winning 2021…its his advisers who were benefitting from KC that told him!!

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  28. No one mentioning here that Dingani Banda worked for grant thornton with HH. It is a case of taking care of your own but at the same time putting people in positions who you know are loyalists and performers.

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  29. @Tarino Orange
    Lift that vail on yourself and see the light at least just for a day…you don’t just go on firing people out of hate and pure allegations….do Zambians have proof of KC stealing…the answer is NO…just because people say there’s too much theft at ZRA it doesn’t mean everyone who works there is a thief…Directors and commissioners draw huge salaries and they can afford Range Rovers and side chicks etc… Of KC was stealing then present the evidence and let him be prosecuted……but I know it’s just the usual Zambia talk…just like when you see a young Zambian woman doing well driving nice cars the only thing that comes from a Zambian mind is that she sleeps well Bosses…come on now….do you have evidence…have you seen her having seeex with the directors…

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  30. @Tarino Orange
    Don’t you think it makes no sense mentioning “Lazy Lungu”….. how about we switch now to “HH Chimbwi no plan”…don’t you think that will be appropriate…almost 2 months now still no sign of anything improving…load shedding has started…fuel expensive…no jobs for the youths….ZRA has two commissioners

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  31. #saulosi… you just hate bally without cause
    From the way hh has handled things so far he has made lungu and pf look like the biggest chimbwi without plans ABCD…just look at what characterised lungu’s style of leadership selfish appointments from one region and many other ills…
    You aint objective man even if you say so…

  32. We are 18 Million Zambians with A lot Educated. Let others contribute. Kingsley Chanda had his time and I am sure in His 5 years he accumulated a lot of properties as these guys are so corrupt. Good Riddance, we need people that can help HH Attain his objectives.

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  33. Go well, great son of the soil. The North Westerners demanded for your removal because of a being a Chanda. Their leader yielded to their demands without considering your superb performance. One Zambia, one region!

  34. Salousi don’t waste your time on that unemployed upnd diasporan tarino. He gets excited blogging here because this is the only place he can freely air out his ignorant views. There abroad he is being taken care of by a whlte govt, the lazy f00I

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  35. No one talks about too much power for the president. We thought now that he is in power he would start clipping some of the presidential wings that they sung about day in and day out during the PF reign.

  36. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    @ Tarino Orange (aka Jaj Jay)… mate you sound like an obsessed cadre. Remove your veil of b00tlicking HH and be objective. You will be disappointed for you to think he is a demigod, superhuman with no flaws.
    You need to step back and analyze things objectively and you will find not everything HH is doing is perfect.
    For example putting corruption watchdogs under his wing, that should be condemned by any objective, progressive Zambian, unless you are a cadre like these Lungu/PF cadres we see on here.
    I would like to believe most of you guys are intellectuals who should use their own freewill and think independently… so please act like it.

  37. Jigga Kayama ….. – Now I am an obsessed cadre…really laughable..next I will be accused of being a job seeker in this govt. I was called worse when MMD was in govt.

  38. @John,
    The cost of having for 5 years outweighs that of compensating him. Look the Chap is corrupt to the core, you need to revisit that leaked Audio and listen to it carefully I am sure your perception will change.

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