Opinion

Any That Undertakes To Avoid Paying Tax Is An Enemy Of The State – Dr Banda

Former UPND vice president Dr Canisius Banda has taken a dig at opppsition Hakainde Hichilema for his response in the link revealing the Zambian politician’s connection to the Paradise Papers.

The Paradise Papers has published details of shady financial transactions for some globally renowned personalities.

Hichilema, named in the same tax haven cable, defends himself as a smart businessman and not crooked as the publication seems to suggest.

Dr Banda says rather than be proud of the association with the Paradise Papers, Hichilema must be ashamed.

BELOW IS HIS FULL POSTING:

ON PARADISE [PANAMA] PAPERS

[The Curious Case of Tax Avoidance and its Immorality]

Illegality and immorality or wrongness are two different things.

What is right may be illegal.

And what is wrong may be legal.

The case of the election petition is Illustrative.

This is the folly of law, man’s law.

Under this sun I have seen innocent people jailed, do time

And I have seen criminals set free because it is legal to do so.

And it ain’t no laughing matter.

However, what is wrong will remain wrong regardless of what any judiciary in the world
thinks.

And when society begins to clap for wrongdoing, and calls it being smart, then just know that the end is near, Jesus might be on the way, coming.

Avoiding to pay tax anywhere in the world may be legal but it is not only immoral, it is wrong as well.

It mains or kills citizens the worldover.

Donald TRUMP is currently in trouble for it.

His tax returns remain as privately guarded a secret as the exact location of the Holy Grail.

The worldover, there are penalties for such financial practices or shenanigans.

This is what got former British prime minister David CAMERON into trouble.

It put him in a bind.

When leaked papers’ revelations alleged that David CAMERON had avoided paying tax in
Britain by stashing away cash he had earned, off-shore, away from Britain, the furious
British citizens demanded answers.

Troubled and embarassed, with egg all over his face, David CAMERON tendered an
explanation, which though legal and somewhat convincing, left his image before the
British tax payers soiled and in tatters.

The damage had been done.

The British people never saw David CAMERON the same again.

And their respect for him decreased or vanished.

Now we can only see his feet online. Nobody knows where he is except his wife. Brexit
was a good excuse for his exit.

What a fine chap he was.

He is in the class of Tony BLAIR, that one fine mind ever tarnished and soiled by Desert
Storm.

All citizens must pay tax.

And all business transactions must attract taxation.

It is this tax that any country primarily uses to run social services like health and
education.

Part of the reason these services are either poor or, inaccessible for many citizens
today, is that some people and business entities are engaged in tax avoidance.

Like our mines.

Transfer pricing and shit like that.

Tax evasion or avoidance, therefore, is inimical to the wellbeing of any nation.

The mining sector in Zambia has robbed this country of its wealth, billions of US dollars, using such nefarious mechanisms.

Zambia is financially anaemic today because of this kind of legal but cunning bleeding.

Because of this, Zambia today is poor, and is said to be the third hungriest country in the world.

You see now, the same people that have robbed Zambia are now mocking it for its poverty.

What evil is this?

It is no laughing matter.

Any citizen, whether in government or not, that undertakes to avoid paying tax is a
veritable enemy of the State.

And when such a person is a leader, serving or seeks to lead, the case takes on even more serious connotations.

It becomes even more dangerous as to be treasonable.

Such conduct amounts to a serious case of conflict of interest. It is fraud and it is
plain wrong.

Now America is worried in that over USD 250 billion of Apple’s cash is not sitting in
America, it’s key base of operations.

You see, Google was fined by the EU for fiddling with its search engine as a business
gimmick, a common but shady characteristic of many businesses.

The EU is against tax avoidance and is presently actively making attempts to combat this
scourge.

Indeed when we approach, darkness shivers.

Now, you bigot, what can your foul mouth tell me?

Chibuku awaits.

Take heed.

And Godspeed!

PILGRIM
Kindly share.

31 Comments

  1. Mpombo

    Pilgrim what you have written makes sense but its unfortunate that those who used to share your posts when you where on the other side can’t do so now instead they will shower you with insults invectives and other unprintables because you have touched a raw nerve bringing back the privatization ghosts

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    • Chichi

      What a useless doctor. I don’t even know how he obtained his PhD. Did he even practice as a doctor? Only God knows the fate of his patients. Ukununka mukunwa.
      Signs off cute Chichi girl.

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  2. Nick

    Well put Dr.

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  3. Mpelo saulo

    As much as i appreciate the information that you have laboured to put across, i think your attacks on your former leader are unjustified.my simple advice sir, is that the faster you heal and move on the better for you. Please move on forget the issue of you not being appointed as vice the person you are seriouly trying to discrédit today. When one door closes god opens several doors.

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  4. Ma

    We should learn to heed Dr Banda than condemning. The man is right,Zambia is sinking deeper, investors are getting rich and richer. Stop supporting thieves.

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  5. Nsenga Nickson

    Well done Dr Banda

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  6. nshilimbemba

    Well he may sound vindictive however what he has written is truth about tax evasion is a crime , and one who avoid tax needs to be punished.
    Zambia like other nations depends on taxes from zambians , taking that tax away is agreat offence here and abroad.
    Well as we all know HH he is not a good zambian he likes stealing from the general public to him nothing has happened.
    Can we really consider him to be a man of integrity abig question!

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  7. James

    y shud he pay taxi when he know very well that it will be misappropriated.

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    • Mungo Park

      Ba James. Ati why should he pay taxi? He must do so if at all he hired it. lol

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  8. Kamata

    The man is right, let him speak his mind the way you let kambwili

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    • Akapondo

      Why pay tax when it will be stolen by those in power, if I had my way I was not going to be paying PAYE. It dies nit make sence to oay tax in zambia, we dont see the fruits if paying tax

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  9. chansa chiluba

    Don’t attack HH if you have nothing to do.find something to do my cousin.HH is a good leader

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  10. brother

    I am 100% in agreement with Dr. Banda and wish the Drug enforcement could pick up this case because of its seriousness in depriving the general populous of the much needed socials services. HH should not bury his head in the sand and pretend noting is wrong here. Even when making declaration of how wealthy he is when filing for President these things are never mention but today there is nothing wrong about it-give me a break!

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    • Mukwasu Wasu

      MOST OF THESE CHAPS ATTACKING HH, SEEM TO HAVE EXPECTED HANDOUTS LIKE SCHOOL BOYS. YOUR FRIEND HAS CREATED JOBS FOR THOUSANDS OF ZAMBIANS AND CONTRIBUTED HIS FAR SHARE TO THE TREASURY IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW. STOP BEING PETTY. THE PEOPLE WHO SENT YOU ARE MONEY LAUNDERING TAX PAYERS RESOURCES THROUGH TENDERS. ASK THEM HOW MUCH THEY PAY TO ZRA, ZERO.

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  11. Joseph

    ” BANDA ” his an IDIOIT

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  12. Mk

    HH is showing us his true character of selfishness and greedy. These are his deals ever since he got connected to the world during privatisation where zambia’s wealth was plundered.Jst wait one day he will be caught in his web and will never enjoy his reaches.

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  13. Coswell Banda

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    Do I smell envy here?Anyway how do you deposit your money in an off-shore account if you are failing to pay your monthly rentals?

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  14. ganA

    Commentkkkkkk treAsure him

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  15. Marker

    If he can evade tax whose going to accept to pay tax when he becomes a President (if).Don’t trust economist they will encourage you to pay tax and yet they don’t like the idea.rich people don’t like paying tax Donald Trump is an example.

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  16. Marker

    Most of you attracting Dr Banda you’re I’ll equipped with what’s going globally check how many prominent figures are mentioned in offshore investment and to whose benefit?HH is travelling on the same roads of which he didn’t want to be paying tax normally to the so called rich fools ,if you don’t want to pay property tax the call it trust, if they want to hide cash the go for offshore.why didn’t they mention dangote,look at the age tell me how intelligent is he to penetrate offshore transactions if it’s not through FTJ,s help of privatization.

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  17. Kephas

    Well, how Mr Banda bring issues of right or wrong is a miracle. These two words stem on relativity and will have different meaning in different place. However, in business any sane person thinks in terms of legal or illegal. And if a person’s doing is legal in business, I see no reason to ask for more. If tax avoidance is legal and help the business to cut costs why not go for it? Coswell Banda smells envy here and I smell it too. Why do we always think that the rich are doing something wrong? How much contribution is HH making to the nation compared to Mr Banda?

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  18. Kephas

    Well, how Mr Banda bring issues of right or wrong is a miracle. These two words stem on relativity and will have different meaning in different places. However, in business any sane person thinks in terms of legal or illegal. And if a person’s doing is legal in business, I see no reason to ask for more. If tax avoidance is legal and help the business to cut costs why not go for it? Coswell Banda smells envy here and I smell it too. Why do we always think that the rich are doing something wrong? How much contribution is HH making to the nation compared to Mr Banda?

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  19. njamba dominic r

    I have read the paradise papers on wikipedia and zambia is not listed among the countries in afrika that have countries with individuals who have evaded taxes by forming offshore companies in afrika its nigeria liberia and uganda now who is telling the truth between dr canisius banda and the article in wikipedia.

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    • Amagenge

      Read the original version. Even HH is happy that his company and name was mentioned.

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  20. memory

    What nonsese are u talkin about mr banda o its becos u are no longer de vice i see only blind pipo can’t see the goodness of hh open yor eyes to see the reality.

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  21. Joseph

    Sory zambian people workup Guyz

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  22. DJ

    be and become a band wagon opose

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  23. Ack

    He is not the only Zambian with an offshore account, investigate even the people you support, you will be surprised as they are bidding where they take their investments.

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