Hold your fire, retirees told



The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has advised the Voluntary Separatees Association of Zambia (VSAZ) to halt their push for refunds on retirees’ money which the authority is alleged to have illegally deducted until the issue is resolved by the High Court.

In a letter dated 17th August, 2015 written by ZRA acting Commissioner General Brigitte Muyenga to VSAZ and obtained by the Daily Nation yesterday, Revenue House advised VSAZ to desist from forcing the authority to release the money because the authority had refused to pay the said dues and that the issue was in court.

Ms. Muyenga reminded VSAZ that the matter concerning the assessment of retirees’ money was coming up on 23rd and 24th September, 2015 and that the association should let the due process of the law to take its course before their claims could be validated.

“As you are well aware, this matter is active in the High Court of Zambia and comes up next on 23rd and 24th September, 2015 for assessment. For the avoidance of doubt, please be informed that the Zambia Revenue Authority has not accepted to pay what you are claiming, which is the reason the matter is in court for assessment. In the premises, you are urged to let the legal process run its course and bring this matter to a logical conclusion.” the letter read in part.

Meanwhile ZRA has cautioned VSAZ against making direct communication to the authority by making use of its legal counsel.

But when contacted for a comment yesterday, VSAZ General Secretary Simemeza Syachoke told the Daily Nation that his association did not agree with the contents in the ZRA letter adding that VSAZ would write the authority by Monday over the contentious illegal deductions of retirees’ money.

He vowed that VSAZ would pursue the matter until it was conclusively dealt with by ensuring that the retirees were given what was due to them.

“We received that letter but we do not agree with its content. We shall write to ZRA on Monday and that is when we can give you a detailed account of our side of the story,” Mr. Syachoke said.

Last week, Mr. Syachoke told the Daily Nation that the retirees were to protest yesterday over the delays in ZRA’s assessment of the retirees’ records in order to pay them their dues over the money the authority illegally deducted from them.

He threatened that if ZRA would not take the meeting which was scheduled to take place last Thursday, 28th August seriously, retirees would have demonstrated to press for the release of their money.