FODEP demands Police action on leaked State document

The Police are deliberately delaying investigating the recently leaked State document on the Zambia Revenue Authority Value Added Tax Rule 18 when it is a straight forward issue, says Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director MacDonald Chipenzi.

He has wondered why the police are taking such a long time to commence investigations into the State document which was leaked to a media house.

“There is nothing special preventing the Police from investigating the matter because it is a well-known issue. They want to show us they are doing something when in fact they are not,” he said.

Mr Chipenzi however said police do a thorough job.

He said the partiality usually exhibited by the police showed how unprofessional the investigative wings in Zambia handled issues of national interest.

Finance minister Alexander Chikwanda recently called on the law enforcement agencies to investigate how a government classified document found itself in the media. Mr Chikwanda had written to President Michael Sata over the administration of the Value Added Tax (VAT) General Administration Rule 18.

Mr Chipenzi challenged the police to be active whenever they were dealing with issues of such importance so that the people of Zambia were confident in their work.

Police spokesperson Charity Munganga has said Police were still studying the matter because the process was long.

She said the investigation was a  long process that could not be done hurriedly and that the public would be informed when the investigations were completed.

“We are still investigating the matter and the process is long, and the police will inform the public when all the processes are done,” she said.