Economy

ZRA Shuts The Post For K53 Million Debt

M'membe, ZRAFollowing a Supreme Court ruling ordering Zambia’s largest newspaper, The Post, to pay taxes amounting to K53 million, the country’s Revenue Authority has moved in and this evening raided the company.

ZRA has reportedly seized property at the newspaper’s printing plant and administrative road on Bwinjifumu. State police has since taken over security of both premises bringing the paper’s operations to a halt.

The Post went to bed with the ruling party in 2011 openly backing the late president Michael Sata. The newspaper did not, however, get the immense privilege to State House as was the case under Sata from the time President Edgar Lungu took office.

MISA Zambia issued a high alert on the situation it is monitoring stating; “A media house’s economic freedom is closely linked to its editorial freedom and the situation with the Post is a classic example of what happens when economic freedom is manipulated to interfere with a media house’s editorial freedom.”

93 Comments

  1. Loadist

    AS WAS ONCE SAID BY EDWARD JACK SHAMBALA ONLY IN DIFFERENT CONTEXT. –” THE FREEDOM OF OUR PRESS IS GONE AND THAT OF THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA” THIS IS A SAD DAY IN OUR HISTORY. WE SHOULD ALL REALIZE THAT THE ZAMBIA WE ALL HOPED FOR HAS TO DAY BEEN TAKEN AWAY!!!!!

    • Loadist

      “EDWARD JACK SHAMWANA”

    • mpombo

      The homosexual m’membe was laughing at the deplorable state of our healthy institutions yet failing to pay tax so that money cn b used to up lift these institutions Let him talk to the idiots at Zambian Watch Dog & c if they cn start printing hard copies if at all they’re genuine journalists he cn also continue to appeal to Chi Vj & Hyena to c if they cn bail him out what we nid is money not politicising a crime if the idiot does not believe in independence of the judiciary let him say so,so that ECL starts ruling by decree coz no matter what judges wil rule it wil b termed as political persecution next stupid character on the menu hyena,fat albert & chief mukuni do they pay tax #Neverhh more pop corn plitz

      • Mpombo's mother fucker.

        Comment why do u owez tok of unsubjectd topics? no mor chagwa mwana 2016 z hh go to cb and c if u av any gvt property jst return it u fuckin dogs u ar the sem pipo polutin zambia even the ozone layer hates pf…no mor jemason.

        • mpombo

          Scientifically u hv a grain of knowledge bt politically rubbish

    • Kelvin mwamba

      Pokeni Neng’anda Twapapata Ba ZRA This Man Is A Self Centered.

    • Observer

      One of the first things ECL mentioned the few days he was campaigning in 2015, was that he was going to go after tax evaders – the best we can do is to encourage ECL to expand the net.

  2. Geo

    too bad, I thought Mr Membe is a lawyer.and lawyers don’t default because they are the custodians of the law.

  3. sunta sunkutu

    During the time of sata, hh promised to get back every penny that belongs to zambians that the post took. dont worry ka chikala, pf are doing it.

  4. sichengi

    Comment nw if u. close if dwn hw do u think u. r going to collect yo mony?

  5. Mwamoneni

    The Post and Mr. Mmembe are wrong on this one. They have not disputed that the owe ZRA so much money. All they need to do is to find well wishers to pay on their behalf. To every FREEDOM there is RESPONSIBILITY.

  6. F2K

    Too bad anyway that’s life ,expect the unexpected

  7. zefe

    This is the sign of a weak government, they want to have a yes bwana type of media were people agree with every nonsense.

    • Yambayamba

      Do you even understand how The Post newspaper accumulated such a colossal Tax bill? M’membe/ Post failed, or deliberately ignored, to REMIT PAYE (Pay As You Earn) to ZRA!

      Yes PAYE which is cut from The Post employees’ paychecks every month. That’s the Money/Tax (to a larger extent) which M’membe refused, or deliberately gave the treasury (ZRA) a MIDDLE FINGER about—saying: “F@-K YOU, I AIN’T PAYING OR REMITTING IT BECAUSE I AM M’membe.” Imagine if we all did that!

      Unfortunately, this is the kind of LAWLESSNESS HH, in his usual under-5 opportunism and politics, is allaying with and supporting. Go figure!

      And you can imagine this is the same fella (M’membe) who is so vocal about Govt failing to pay civil servants on time, running hospitals without medicines, not paying students meal allowances on time, failing to pay farmers on time, extra. Yet he deliberately forgets that Govt can only afford to do all these things if people and business houses, such as M’membe and The Post, honoured their Tax obligations honestly and on time.

      Govt can NOT JUST MANUFACTURE MONEY/FUNDS from thin air just because they are Govt. Money has to come from somewhere and the lifeblood of any Govt is Taxes—M’membe should know this and pay up!

      Surely poor people (such as civil servants) who have no political connections or allied with powerful politicians to protect them pay their PAYE every month without grumbling. I am sure employees at The Post would also love to see their PAYE remitted every month to ZRA (where it belongs) without M’membe play tricks with it and putting them in unnecessary “crossfire” with the Tax Collector, ZRA.

      PF Govt, or any other Govt before it, did not make M’membe or The Post not remit to the treasury (ZRA) funds/Taxes which clearly did NOT belong to The Post for its use/budget. Days of FREELOADING are over and M’membe/The Post should pay up like any other Zambian.

    • made strong

      Sad indeed, but ZRA would have found a way of recovering that tax instead of closing down the operation of the post. It is now very clear that Ediga’s intention here is to clump down on the freedom of the media especially the ones seen to be on the side of the opposition. Ediga must know that his actions will one day backfire on him.

  8. The one

    To bad the paper we so love has been taken away. why my president mr ECL. you padon the gilty from presons. why not sit down with Mr membe @ find a way out for the post then shut it down. we love president ECL. WE LOVE THE POST . DONT FIGHT FOR RB’S GRAGE BY CLOSING THE POST PAPER PLEASE.

    • Yambayamba

      @The one:

      How and in what capacity would ECL sit with M’membe to discuss Tax ‘nkongole’ like he (Edgar) is ZRA?

      The Post was given several chances and ways to settle this Tax Bill but they (Post) ignored ZRA and decided to take the fight to the Courts. Now that they (Post) have lost their Court case, ZRA wants the Bill paid in full at once, because The Post/M’membe can no longer be trusted, nor his word/promises believed!

  9. Ned

    Comment
    As I mentioned yesterday,this was expected and indeed some one has to own up.But we hope this wont be mistaken for political gain.

    • zefe

      it is my brother, this is coming from the but advisor Rb , you remember he had wanted to close the post when he was president

    • made strong

      Ned, surely this is pure political gain on the part of Ediga.

      • Yambayamba

        @made strong: It may be a political gain for Edgar/PF but certainly NOT politically motivated. The Post has NOT disputed the fact they owe this money to ZRA. Infact this Tax Bill has been made worse by Post’s own negligence and pomposity—The Post could have settled this bill a long time ago when their business was doing well, but they decided to ignore it and pick a fight with ZRA—now they have lost fight and should pay up!!!

        Edgar Lungu is only a year and half in office, this Tax Bill was accumulated and left to grow way before ECL was even Defense Minister, so I don’t see how Edgar can be blamed for The Post’s own undoing and negligence.

        This is what happens when you base the entire BUSINESS/CORPORATE MODEL on kissing politicians’ behinds—you are bound to get one in office who doesn’t want or need their rear-end kissed for favors—and Edgar Lungu is that politician for M’membe!

  10. KWAZA KUTUKAZ

    Recall an article in zwd in february. The reality has happened. Yet to c more…

  11. Hhhy

    I think its not polical bcoz they were horned before. So i think hh will pay for them.

  12. TJ

    Post should pay tax.

  13. Michel Nostradamus

    Well done ,the bugger wont pay even if u give him a decade.sata was sympathectic to him but he unthankfully stabbed him in the back!!!

  14. Michel Nostradamus

    if simple civil servants can pay their taxes,what’s so special about this homosexual????????

  15. F2K

    Can you imagine what K53 would have done for our economy ,they are the same people who are saying the economy is dead but they are falling to pay tax hypocrites !!!!!

  16. joe

    So some of you bloggers who are supporting this closure are convinced that ZRA are interested primarily to collect the K53 billion? How many companies owe ZRA money to just single out the Post. Mmembe is paying the price by exposing amongst many crooked acts the registration of foreign voters by the PF period. Lungu is not interested in the debt afterall if the Post is liquidated ZRA wont even recover half of that amount. Lungu probably has amassed more money than that.This is one of those silly things typical of the PF.

    • mpombo

      So in your wisdom no company shud pay tax courtesy of the post coz if we follow them they wil also give reference to the post debts’re first collected from the obstinate,rude,cheeky, & the difficulty ones before u move to the meek ,understanding & reasonable ones as some may even pay without being followed or they may humble themselves by explaining their situation a thing which lacked in this idiot he was pompous & involved the courts who have ruled against him now you want such a character to b forgiven cn u imagine his headline if he could have won come on guys lets b serious ukuboko bapota ukumine as my Bemba cousins would put it

      • made strong

        You are very right my dear Mpombo, but can you imagine what will happen to freedom of the Press and democracy at large? Think about that. We are not disputing the fact that Mmembe should own up and pay, but this is not the best way to go especially Zambia being a young and growing democracy.

        • mpombo

          @ made strong this is not abt press freedom & democracy it cn only b termed as such if the closure had come abt after the gov’t had lost the case We Zambians’re fun characters we feed on conspiracy theories to survive If ECL was to instruct ZRA to rescind this decision he wil b accused in the interference of its operations it has happened with ACC,Police with M’membe shouting in a shrill voice how gov’t interferes in these institutions i for one wouldn’t mind to c the post operate but this shud not b under special status or favouratism based on black mailing the gov’t abt governance & press freedom we all have either gotten or given debts in our lives but how we recover or pay back requires both diplomacy & mutual respect btn the parties involved its supposed to b a basic human trait

    • Yambayamba

      @joe:

      “…if the Post is liquidated ZRA won’t even recover half of that amount…”

      I wish you lived in the USA and tried that kind of reasoning with the IRS. Here they even grab your house, YES your house, including your “knickers and underpants,” even when they know they are not going to recover cent from the confiscated assets—and you think ZRA is being tough?

  17. Chisenga

    IT IS VERY DIFFICULT AT THIS MOMENT TO SYMPATHIZE WITHE THE POST. THEY HAVE BEEN HAVING A FIELD DAY ALL THE TIME WITHOUT PUTTING THEIR HOUSE IN ORDER. “IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE, DON’T THROW STONES” THEY WERE BUSY DISCREDITING THE PRESIDENT AND GOVERNMENT WITHOUT MEETING THEIR STATUTORY OBLIGATION. YOU CALLED FOR IT. IF ANYONE SYMPATHIZES WITH THE POST, LET THEM PAY THE K 53 MILLION. THERE SHALL BE NO SACRED COWS. EVEN HH/UPND SAID THEY WILL COLLECT EVERY PENNY THAT THE POST OWES THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA FROM THE POST. YES YOU SHOULD HAVE THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, BUT YOU MUST MAKE SURE YOU DO RESPONSIBLY BY PAYING YOUR TAXES.

  18. Shadreck Mafinge

    Comment Viva ZRA

  19. odinga nyiirenda

    There are no sacred cows. The money belongs to the people of Zambia.No one is fixing the post and Membe. They want to play to the crowd and cry victim.Taxes are taxes and must be paid.When reminded you go to bed with the opposition so that you manipulate them.NO God forbid. MISA hand off we need the money for infructure development and other social services. Bravo ZRA!

  20. don't blame others for your failures

    53 Million it is a lot of money the post thought they were invincible. well wishers to help pay. The post should not blame anyone for it’s insolvency.

  21. ESP

    I understand th figure K53m was disputed since th Post had paid huge sums of money to zra after falling pray to this lucifa govmnt in the earlier attempts. So Y take such a desperate measure when M’membe has paid more taxi than other foreign and local companies alike have done. Th demon behind this madness should be sent back to the pit of hell where he’ll not be able to impose poverty on innocent citizens. Post is Loved by many,including yo very own household. On 11 8 we will do u justice and justice for all. The people of Zambia have decided.

  22. Just Pay

    I just feel for Jobs of Journalist at the former Post. Too much insulting ba Membe. Try creating ‘Watchdog 2’ and you be exempt from paying any taxes.

    • mpombo

      I totally agree with u let gov’t separate the chaff frm the corn let those journalists who may b willing to work b helped by gov’t this is the zambian way of doing things considering a lot of them’re stil young

  23. don't blame others for your failures

    well done ZRA keep up the good work.

    • made strong

      ZRA, acting on instructions from a confused and desperate president is not doing that in the interest of the poor Zambians.

      • TEZA

        Comment:Come 11th august,made strong,u b made weak.@ a confused and desperate presido? BT loved by de masses.NB:advise hh and ci gbv 2 go n fix their homes with cow dung.

    • MOISE MUKAS

      M’embe is a HYPOCRITE
      “MU MEMBE WIMININE ASONGESHA NABAIKALILE”

      Amenso yamukundilwa yengi.you thought that nothing can be done?
      Nyandule ulebwesha Zambia panshi.
      JUST PAY–‘@

  24. eddie

    53m is a lot of money why not sale the trucks and buses including the house and honor the tax bill that is now endorsed by the highest court in the land

  25. Uncle_Marvin

    Sad development indeed,no big media platform 4 opposition parties now as ZNBC leads the way for poverty founders #pf.

  26. Uncle_Marvin

    ZNBC lead,they follow!

  27. Kalampa 4 Lyf

    @joe I concur with you all that are supporting this closure are no doubts PF cadres.A country like Zambia wont go far if we continue thinking like most illiterate PF cadres who read a newspaper upside down.The government in power should just halt this futile attempt because its not Mmembe they are fighting but the people of Zambia.

    • mpombo

      Which pipo of zambia u mighty as well say its the Zambian pipo fighting upnd cadres since u cn’t c logic in paying taxes

  28. Operation FDD

    WHERE IS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS?ECL DONT BE A DICTATOR.

    • mpombo

      Ask MUVI tv if they’re stil operating & other electronic media houses then cum back with the answer yourself

  29. don't blame others for your failures

    what goes around comes around.

  30. wapya baisa

    He should HV humbled himself to zra.now BC of his idiosyncratic &pompousness look hw it has coasted him &pipo don’t even b sympathetic to this idiot

  31. Yes i, chant down pf

    today u may be celebrating,but this country is not headed in the right direction,dont be surprised this how the paul kagames,the mugabes, the musevens were made,power corrupts leaders,dont surprised whn he asks for another term in 2021 en another one in 2026

    • mpombo

      Its better if power corrupts ECL not those who have already started beating & insulting pipo before they have even tasted it

  32. Master

    Comment
    Puting salt pachilonda or ukuitila impashi our eye’s are now open come august 11 with or without post, my fellow zambians hv lost jobs what a sad state of affairs mwebantu!

  33. Ras Gersh

    The Post and M’membe should behave responsibly by paying tax.How do you expect foreigners to behave if we don’t respect our laws ?

  34. Master

    Comment
    Mpombo. mutabaruka & itolest go wash your thin bodies you left your homes 4weeks ago, in those fema green uniforms you are now stinking ba cader imwe polluting our clean environment ba pompwe.

    • Mutabaruka

      Master! Is it chamba or Glue that has taken your reasoning this morning? Have you seen what happens when you manipulate freedom or anything? The post is no more now and i have never liked reading that paper since ever my well to do.

    • mpombo

      @Master where do i get money to buy soap & wash since u say our economy is doing bad i wil only wash in 2066 when HH becomes president & starts giving free money

  35. stalker

    long overdue

  36. Master

    Comment
    Power is so sweet nxt zambeef & then savoy hotel it started with lady diana jst watch.

  37. edgar mwamba

    akanwa nga kakula Ku mutwe,amatwi ayasanguka ayanono.

  38. Jo Breaker

    its not that these bloggers like membe and his paper,its rather that this very paper agreed to join hands and support HH in his, that’s why u chaps want to support membe,kikiki yes we see through ur tinteder

  39. TENZE BANTHU

    Comment Chamuchitikila chamuchitikila …lesa nimalyotola alasebanya ilingiline pachitantala chebumba ..mulelemba nokusosela abananu imwee efyo tamuchiita?

  40. AWISI KAZIZI

    Comment
    i must repeat what i said last year….ama puli nga ya kulisha, yala pula….ba post yali kuulisha….so yapuula na bantu batampa uki seka.

  41. Spek-taqula

    ECL is doin any thing he can to stay in office… The way i see it, he is prepared to kill if it means him stayin in office for more five years.

  42. LITUNGA

    Kkkkkkkk, Plain B, Its Part Of The Campaign.

  43. Mpaka Litente Mpaka Litulike

    The ZRA you are very foolish and stupid Zambian government company, why have you seized the properties of the post newspaper? Yet you owe us former government workers who went on VOLUNTARY SEPARATION PACKAGE millions of KWACHA without paying us our Tax Refund. We are more than 3,523 former civil servants who went on voluntary separation package in 1999. Should we come and seize ZRA properties because they have also failed to pay us our money. CHAWAMILA GALU KU LUMA MBUZI, MBUZI SANGE KU LUME GALU. Edgar Chagwa Lungu MUST GO BACK TO CHAWAMA.

    • Mania

      This is why the post was supporting the cartel and not ECL: they wanted some they can control and who can ignore them paying taxes.

    • mpombo

      If u do this expect to b arrested u went on voluntary separation bcoz of incompetence such questions’re supposed to b answered by FTJ & Mwanawasa

  44. GBM

    Sontapooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  45. ckim`z mula lk

    too bad 4 dat sad news…

  46. Kabwe Resident

    Yes, ZRA owes us millions of Kwacha we the former govt workers in TAX REFUND who went on voluntary separation package in 1999 under the MMD govt. We want our money from ZRA they stole from us the former govt retirees. For further information i refer president Edgar Chagwa Lungu to our two lawyers; Robson Malipenga & Okware of Lusaka. My good advice to the 3,523 retirees and their families is very simple: TO VOTE EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU OUT ON 11/08/2016, if his company ZRA does not pay us our tax refund before the election date. Chapwa!!!!!!

    • Mania

      @kabwe resident your money was supposed to come from the k53 million: don’t be unfair to yourselves it’s your money and you will get it one day if all companies should pay up.

  47. kalulete

    guys learn to think and think like old people not like babies. for your own information, if post today is working without facing the desclosure what will be your answer today? plus this person mmembe wanted to visit our president, what were your response to this? anti you the same people who were saiying that this guy wants to go with the brown envelope and lungu likes corruption. but why today crying foul? be realistic guys. that’s a good move by our president let hh pay for him kaili he is a business man like him full stop no one is above the law.

  48. man muzo

    The oppostions hearts are burning with anger at the clossier of the post because HH has lost a sympathy vote from the post.if u don’t believe in the autonomious of institution this is what it means.Some critics are not well come, please ba MUNTU,Umuntu ni LUNGU.

    • Peter Shamasapo.Becks

      Comment Dude use spelling check you shitted allover your comments!

  49. Mania

    Can someone tell us where the Post all of a sudden go the money to buy 100 trucks in that short period of time? Get it!!!

  50. Peter Shamasapo.Becks

    Comment You must be stupid zambia reports according to ZRA Times of Zambia owes the Taxman K100 million Kwacha and Zambian Daily Mail K75 million so why is The Post being shutdown?

  51. Henry Sikazwe

    Time to pay up to the tax man

  52. Kalampa 4 Lyf

    Then shut down all these boring newspapers like Times of Zambia and Daily Mail after all they also owe ZRA huge amounts of money.It is a well known fact that many Pf cadres are illiterates and they always try to read newpapers upside down.

  53. Pegasus

    If the court has ruled that the Post must pay the tax, why would anyone rush to shut down the works? I smell a big rat! Why not sit down with him in your office, see how he will pay that money in asap. This is exactly what you are going to do with Zambia Daily Mail and Times of Zambia. Don’t tell me that these babies are clean! And a bore they are! I knew that PF could play dirty tricks, like falling on someone like a ton of bricks, but who would have thought ZRA are tge bricks? or is this just the tip of the iceberg? Whatever, the fact is very very few people will celebrate the assasination of The Post Newspaper, I tell you.

  54. .com

    don’t include our president in here it ..

  55. Fredrick chilumba sata

    How many time has ZRA warned membe n the post for them to take such acts..this usually happens wen authority is influenced by those in power

  56. Michel Nostradamus

    Bafikala ma cadres from “useless pussies ‘n’ dicks” be reasonable and nt emotional.

  57. CITIZEN

    Comment

  58. mutwe

    Let him pay period.no one is above the law.why complaining on his behalf.ifyakulya ubushiku fitulikila kumalushi.M’membe amoneka kwati ni star nankwe mu Zambia.

  59. Mojojojo

    Let us not cry about media Freedom… The media in Zambia is Mediocre. Just filled wth Propaganda and politically bias. They r not objective and don’t base their stories on Facts… The other day they claimed ECL was sick nd out of country until he was seen the nxt day completely fine. The post should just pay their taxes. For Post to have accumulated K53 million in outstanding taxes it should have generated a lot of revenue as tax is charged on Profits

  60. City Gospel Voice

    That’s where the problem is.. We can also have educated fools.. The media as you all know should not be shut down especially when it comes to it’s opereations.. The media has a role in disseminating of information.. The Post is one media you shouldn’t have thought of closing.. This is what I call foolishness at its highest ranking.. We need HH more than ever!!

  61. kapeZi

    Love Zambia one Nation.No taxes no development.NCZ is running.I recall in the Bible that that the son of man told the citizens to pay taxes.
    After his death Peter and his friends brought what they had for progress.
    But for Ananias and Sapphire. I guest people know what happened.One Zambia One Nation!

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