Gloria Kangwa writes
Upgrade provincial revenue authority offices for adequate response to increased economic activities taking place in North-western province says Provincial minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu.
Mr Mubukwanu expressed his concern during a courtesy call paid on him by minister of Finance Dr Bwalya Ng’andu and his delegation at the weekend in Solwezi district to interact with First Quantum Minerals (FQM) management.
He said the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) office in the province was operating at a minimal level despite the growth of mining activities in the mines.
He said there was need to add supporting staff in the mining and labour department to respond to the high demand for their services.
“The increased mining activities in the province have resulted in high labour disputes that need to be addressed by the respective offices,” he said.
“Taxation is a partnership because ZRA alone cannot collect taxes hence it engages with stakeholders. Taxpayers should be encouraged to be able to engage the authority whenever they have issues and further be invited to the offices to report issues of integrity through its established channels,” he added.
And Dr Ng’andu said he understood the expansion plans for the mining company as they were the largest producers of copper in the country.
“The mine plans for the mining industry are important to determine what will be expected of the revenue therefore working on the office was a priority,” he said.