By Moombe Hamobola

President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA has called for tax reforms to ensure Zambians are paying fair and appropriate taxes.

Mr. HICHILEMA says a number of taxes are too high making it hard for Zambians to pay.

He was speaking at the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants -ZICA- Pre Annual General Meeting workshop in Livingstone.

The President said when taxes are appropriate and fair, more people are willing to pay hence increasing the revenue base.

Meanwhile Mr. HICHILEMA challenged ZICA to come up with control guidelines that will reduce corruption in the country.

He said control measures are more important than audit because the latter comes after the damage has already been done.

And speaking at the same function Finance Minister SITUMBEKO MUSOKOTWANE said the government has sent auditors in schools to check on how grants are being utilized.

Dr. MUSOKOTWANE said reports have reached his office that some headmasters are abusing school grants by giving themselves allowances and are not sharing information with other teachers and communities on how funds are being utilized.

And speaking earlier Southern Province Minister CORNELIUS MWEETWA said the government has widened the freedom space by repealing some laws thereby allowing citizens to freely comment on matters of development.

Meanwhile, ZICA President CECILIA ZIMBA has commended the government for being transparent and accountable in the way it is utilizing public funds.

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