Saturday, May 28, 2011

Musokotwane has started campaigning, Ndalamei reveals

COMMENT - Finance Minister Musokotwane is a nominated MP with no constituency to represent? I did not know that. Maybe that is why he is so dismissive of the electorate.

Musokotwane has started campaigning, Ndalamei reveals
By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe
Sat 28 May 2011, 04:01 CAT

FINANCE minister Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane is busy campaigning in his ‘constituency’ for this year’s polls, says secretary to the Treasury Likolo Ndalamei. Officiating at the official launch of Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) call centre yesterday, Ndalamei said ministers were currently in the field campaigning.

“I am here to read the speech on behalf of the Minister of Finance and National Planning because as you know most politicians are busy campaigning in their constituencies, so, we civil servants have to stand in for them,” Ndalamei said.

Dr Musokotwane is a nominated member of parliament with no constituency to represent.

Recently, the government dispatched ministers to all provinces to explain developmental programmes being implemented by MMD government.

Sources in Western Province indicated that Dr Musokotwane is campaigning in Liuwa Constituency.

And Ndalamei said the launch of ZRA call centre, which could be accessed on all networks by dialing 5972, would help to ease the cost of doing business in the country.

ZRA call centre facility and customer service line provides an effective tool for bridging communication gap between ZRA and the taxpayers and for assessing feedback from customers on various tax matters.

And board chairman Christopher Mundia said modernising operations of ZRA would help to widen the tax base.

Mundia, in a speech read for him by board member Mwangala Zaloumis, said the new system being introduced at ZRA included facilities for electronic commerce by providing interfaces for electronic filling and electronic payments.

“It is envisaged that such a platform will greatly improve ZRA’s service delivery to taxpayers,” said Mundia.

“While the majority of our potential taxpayers fall outside the formal sector, the new changes currently going on at ZRA through modernisation programme are meant to bring the informal sector on board.”

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