Bus owners hail Lungu over tax waiver

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu’s immediate effect revocation of the law that imposed presumptive tax on bus and taxi operators has showed that he is a listening leader to the plight of his people, says Flash Buses Capital Commuters proprietor Ishmael Kankhara.

Mr Kankhara also cautioned traders who wanted to take advantage of the challenges facing the county economically because it was not only Zambia that had a crisis.

He said there was every reason to thank President Lungu and his Government for responding promptly to the cries of the people, saying every challenge was addressed by one step ahead.

Mr Kankhara said the Zambian people should be close to the Government at hard times like the one the country was going, adding that people should not take the advantage of the situation at hand.

“Thank you Mr President for listening to the plight of the people, and the onus is to the people of Zambia to support the Government even if the things are not reasonable,” he said.

He further said his company had for the long time not hiked bus fare, not because all was well, but that he was looking at the plight of the people.

He said revoking the law that imposed presumptive tax on bus and taxi operators would help the smooth floor of running business in the country. President Lungu on Tuesday revoked the law that imposed presumptive tax on bus and taxi operators.

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) had introduced the presumptive tax on bus and taxi operators which was imposed on an informal sector like transport and when it was introduced, bus operators were meant to pay tax of between K1, 600 and K19, 700 per month at ZRA offices.

This had forced bus and taxi operators to protest on the Copperbelt, saying that paying of the taxes was cumbersome and consequently costly. Special assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said President Lungu had ordered the presumptive tax that had affected the transport sector and reversal of the SI 41.

This followed submissions from the bus and transport operators, who thanked the President for responding promptly.