Hotels, lodges owe Govt K687,000 in unpaid fees


A NUMBER of hotels, motels, lodges and guest houses in Lusaka, Livingstone and Ndola face closure after their failure to pay the annual renewal fees to Government totaling K687,560.

According to the Auditor General’s report for the financial year ended December 31, 2015, 674 establishments did not pay their annual renewal fees which at the time totalled K687,560.

The report disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism and Arts did not maintain debtors’ ledgers, and therefore, it was not possible to establish the total indebtedness for the previous year.

According to the report, Lusaka had about 170 establishments owing K258, 904, while Livingstone had 225 with K266,429 and Ndola 278 with K162, 227 annual renewal fees not paid.

It further revealed that in the estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year ended 31 December, 2015, a provision of K3,980,646 was made in respect of licenses and fees against which amounts totalling K4,708,547 were collected, resulting in an over-collection of K727,901.

And according to the records maintained at the Ministry of Tourism and in some selected provincial offices carried out in August 2016, K6,435 that was collected as casino license, hotel license and tourism enterprise fees at head office had not been accounted for.

There was also no safe at the Ndola regional tourism office, thereby rendering public funds, articles and accountable documents that should be stored in a safe vulnerable and unsecured, contrary to financial regulation number 155.