AN economist, Olive Saasa has described as inappropriate attacks by some individuals against Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda over the Value Added Tax (VAT) General Administration Rule 18 stating that government operates the principle of cooperate responsibility.
Professor Saasa has said it was unfair to single out an individual from a government collective decision and begin attacking the individual.
Prof Saasa said Mr Chikwanda was being tried and convicted by the media before he was given an opportunity to be heard by those who were accusing him of wrong doing.
Prof Saasa’s comments come in the wake of a barrage of attacks against Mr Chikwanda who some people are demanding that he should resign over the administration of VAT Rule 18.
He said the VAT Rule 18 was a national issue and it was erroneous for anyone to isolate the Minister of Finance and subject him to media trial instead of looking at the economic issues surrounding the law.
“I feel it is inappropriate to attack Mr Chikwanda on a matter that is national.
Government operates on the principle of corporate responsibility and singling out an individual on a decision that was collective is not fair. Mr Chikwanda is being tried in the press which is not correct,” Prof Saasa