LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government said on Tuesday that it
intends to modernize its approach to tax collection through
improving tax education.
Finance Felix Mutati said the government has realized that low
levels of tax compliance were mainly due to poor quality of
The tax education
program will focus on making people understand the value of
paying taxes, he added.
The government, he
said, has realized that tax education has a direct bearing on
compliance as evidenced in South Africa which has a higher tax
collection percentage compared to Zambia.
minister was speaking when he toured the offices of the South
African Revenue Service in Pretoria, according to a statement
released by the Zambia embassy in that country.
minister is on a two-day visit to South Africa where he is
expected to meet various government departments and sign
According to him,
Zambia wanted to learn more from South Africa in the area of
financing with interest in taxation.
minister said he was impressed with the work of the South
African revenue agency which collects revenues of up to 26
percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared to Zambia’s
He added that the
government was inspired by South Africa and would do
everything possible to increase revenue collection.
Zambian minister called for enhanced trade opportunities
between the two countries.
Speaking when he
met with South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Finance Sfiso
Buthelezi, the Zambian minister said the two countries should
use their political history to enhance economic and trade
Zambian leader invited to address special session of African
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has been invited
to address a special session of the Pan-African Parliament
which is also known as the African Parliament, his office said
Roger Nkodo Dang,
the president of the African Parliament, extended the
invitation to the Zambian leader during a closed door meeting
held at State House on Tuesday morning, according to
presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda.
said Lungu accepted the invitation and will soon make
arrangements to address the African Parliament which is
headquartered in Midrand, South Africa.
He however could
not state when the visit would take place as this will have to
be arranged by the foreign affairs ministry.
He further told
reporters after the meeting that the Pan-African Parliament
president was happy over Zambia’s commitment to the virtues of
the African Union (AU) legislative body.
Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba said the invitation was
important as it shows that the AU values Zambia’s contribution
to the ideals of the African continent.
He said it was
important for African countries to interact frequently in
order to compare notes and to ensure that the continent was
moving in one direction and in line with the aspirations of
Parliament was established as an organ of the AU in order to
ensure full participation of African people in the development
and economic integration of the continent. The first
Parliament was inaugurated on 18 March 2014.
Zambian leader marks one year in office, tabulates
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday
marked one year since his re-election by outlining some of the
achievements his government has scored.
The Zambian leader
won his five-year term in office after narrowly beating
leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema during the
disputed August 11 elections last year.
He first came into
office in 2015 after winning an election caused by the death
of President Michael Sata in 2014.
“As we commemorate
one year of service to the Zambian people, I wish to thank the
Almighty God for the grace and favor He has continued to show
to my administration and country at large,” he said in a
statement posted on his Facebook page.
together as one people, Zambia has recorded a number of
achievements,” he added.
Among the listed
achievements are the stabilization of the local currency
against major convertible currencies, dropping lending
interest rates from 45 percent to 27 percent, dropping
inflation rate from 21 percent to 6 percent and strengthened
internal security and peace after the controversial elections.
Zambian woman who has naked
in animal prints causes controversy at home
By David Kashiki LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua)
-- Former Zambia’s minister of
higher education, Michael Kaingu’s daughter, Iris, has
received sharp criticism after nude pictures of her in animal
body paint went viral on social media fora.
This is the first
time in the history of Zambia, that a woman has bared her body
and allowed an artist to cover her private parts in body
Iris Kaingu, 26, a
female who shot to fame after her college sex tape went viral
five years ago, has been sharply criticized by women as her
body pictures are shared on line.
Topping the list
of those criticizing Iris Kaingu’s act of stripping her body
to be painted, is the country’s women body, the Women’s Lobby
Organization who through its board chairperson, Beauty Katebe,
has described the act as demeaning to the women in the
“That girl is a
problem; it’s quite embarrassing and demeaning to the women
folk in this country. Whether she can change or not, depends
on herself and her upbringing. There are a lot of things that
have been discussed over [Iris] Kaingu...perhaps being naked
in public is her conviction,” Katebe remarked.
Ireen Shawa, a
Lusaka resident, complained that Iris had defiled the
“There’s no way a
woman can disrespect her body in that manner. This has never
happened here in Zambia. In my over 40 years of living here on
earth, I’ve not seen such a thing,” she said.
“Of course we have
a traditional ceremony in Eastern Province of Zambia where
older women bare their breasts; but, look, that is a
traditional ceremony where no man plays with the women’s
private parts like this young girl allowed a man who is not
her husband to play with her most private parts,” she added.
Lucy Sianga said African women’s nakedness was sacred as it
was still regarded a taboo for anyone to bare their body in
“You see, a
woman’s body is very special. Especially here in Africa, and
Zambia in particular; we so much respect tradition. For us, a
woman’s body is a blessed structure, which can only be seen by
a husband in the case of a man. It is not to be shown to the
world. Iris is frustrating our efforts to sustain our culture
and tradition. Of course such kinds of art happen out there,
in the developed countries in Europe, Asia, America, and
others, but for Africa, this is shocking and depressing,”
But Iris has
defended her decision to have a body painted in animal print,
saying there was need for women to see the bigger picture of
the reasons she bared her body for painting.
“I was just
depicting the culture of our country. We were not clothed
before missionaries came on board and gave us clothing. We
used to wear animal skin and I think that everybody here is
very familiar with this history,” she said.
According to her,
she decided to bare her body because she feels passionate
about the country’s culture which was slowly being lost due to
“I feel that we
are slowly losing the depth of ourselves. So, one point of the
picture is that women are not celebrated enough, so, I feel
that we live in society where when a woman wants to rise up,
most people especially the women want to bring them down. That
picture is actually intended for a project that I am working
on. It’s unfortunate that it was leaked before it’s time,” she
said, rejecting accusations of her like for being naked.
But the women’s
movement maintained that her attempt to justify her actions
was not going to convince anyone.
“She will not
manage to convince everyone else with that explanation. All
this borders on her self-introspection and upbringing,” Katebe
But Jacob Zimba,
aged 34, a marketeer at Lusaka Soweto Market said Iris had a
right to do what she did.
looking at her pictures. This was the first time. And, you
know, she has a nice body; I think for me, all she did is art,
there is nothing wrong. There’s nothing sinister about it.
People have reacted this way because it is the first time it
is happening here in Zambia. But I can tell you that, most men
have been re-sharing those pictures, they are a good sight,”