Mopani should be punished for tax evasion - Mukanga
Yamfwa Mukanga, who is member of parliament for Kantanshi Constituency in Mufulira district, was commenting on the pilot audit on Mopani Copper Mines, which revealed glaring inconsistencies in production and revenue figures the mine submits to the Zambia Revenue Authority for tax administration, figures which the report indicated might not be trustworthy.
said no government official must protect Mopani Copper Mines
for violating the law by evading tax.
"I want to see the law taking its course.
Let the law visit Mopani and we see what is going to happen.
I believe they are not just evading tax, I believe that there are people in government benefiting from this," Mukanga
"I am disappointed that the government has been crying every day and yet it is letting Mopani go scot-free.
I want to go to Mopani and talk to management."
said the decision by the government, through ZRA, to protect Mopani and underpaying the mining firm's evasion of taxes raised suspicion.
There is someone getting money from this evasion of tax," Mukanga
said Mopani was not undertaking any corporate social responsibility.
"For Mopani to be evading tax, I am very disappointed because Mufulira, where the mine is, is in a deplorable state; the roads are so bad," he
"If they Mopani were evading tax but were ploughing into the community they operate from, maybe people could be saying it channels money into the community but look at how bad Mufulira is.
Mopani is not ploughing back into the community."
demanded that the government reintroduce windfall tax to ensure that all Zambians benefit from the minerals.
said the copper, which is currently trading at over US$10, 000 per tonne, was not benefiting the people.
said Zambians and investors must share the gains from the minerals equally.
"This government is not providing enough tax regime.
I am condemning the investors for failing to even pay what is due to Zambians," Mukanga
demanded the removal of Mwansa Mbulakulima from Copperbelt as provincial minister after he
said the region would not receive development if it continued to vote for the opposition.
"Rupiah Banda was supposed to have removed Mbulakulima from here," said Mukanga