LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Zambia’s leading opposition leader on Thursday
called on citizens to embark on peaceful demonstrations to
protest the numerous taxes being introduced by the government
and poor governance.
leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), said
it was evident that the government was not ready to stop
introducing oppressive taxes hence the need for citizens to rise
up and stop the trend.
He told journalists
during a press briefing that the government was busy introducing
various taxes in order to fund their luxurious lives after
failing to secure funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Zambians, he said,
should come together and unite by saying no the extravagance of
the government, adding that peaceful demonstrations were
fundamental human rights for citizens to express their views.
On Monday, the
Zambian cabinet approved a decision to introduce a tariff charge
on internet phone calls, a move that has received a backlash