ZRA staff donate to cyclone Idai victims

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SIMON MUNTEMBA writes

SIMON MUNTEMBA writes
@SunZambian

THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) staff have donated over K168, 000 to victims of tropical cyclone Idai that ravaged Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Meanwhile, Minister in the office of the vice President Sylvia Chalikosa has requested ZRA to put a waiver on customs duty on all donated items for the disaster, both food and non-food items, that government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will haul across the frontiers.
The K168, 580 donation, in form of a cheque, was handed over yesterday to DMMU by ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda.
Speaking during the handover of the cheque, Mr Chanda explained that the donation was personal pledges of ZRA board and members of staff and not government resources.
“Just like we responded to the city market fire tragedy, ZRA members of staff once again thought of making a donation so that through your office, we can help our brothers and sisters, said Mr Chanda.
“As of today, ZRA staff from their personal pledges and not government resources have decided to donate a total of K168, 580,” he said.
He said distance will not make Zambians to ignore the fact that they remained one people with the people affected by the cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Mr Chanda also disclosed that another undisclosed amount was expected to be handed over to DMMU from the ZRA members of the governing bodies, chaired by Ms Chileshe Kapwepwe.
And receiving the cheque on behalf of government, Ms Chalikosa commended all the well-wishers that have come on board to render humanitarian support.
The Minister said there was need for Zambians and other well-wishers to put their resources together to assist their brothers and sisters during this trying time.
Ms Chalikosa urged others to emulate what ZRA has demonstrated by donating to the cyclone Idai victims.
She however requested ZRA to put a waiver on customs duty on all donated items towards disaster.
“You may wish to know that my office has requested ZRA to put a waiver on customs duty on all donated items towards disaster both food and non-food that government through DMMU will haul across the frontiers with Malawi at Muchinji and Zimbabwe at Chirundu border posts respectively,” she said
In this way, Ms Chalikosa added, there will be no unnecessary delays in delivering the much needed humanitarian relief package to the afflicted countries and also reduce costs on the part of government.
And DMMU national coordinator, Chanda Kabwe, praised ZRA for the gesture and said that God’s blessings was upon Zambia because of its generosity.
Mr Kabwe said God will bless and reward Zambians for showing solidarity and offering humanitarian assistance to the affected countries

THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) staff have donated over K168, 000 to victims of tropical cyclone Idai that ravaged Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Meanwhile, Minister in the office of the vice President Sylvia Chalikosa has requested ZRA to put a waiver on customs duty on all donated items for the disaster, both food and non-food items, that government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will haul across the frontiers.
The K168, 580 donation, in form of a cheque, was handed over yesterday to DMMU by ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda.
Speaking during the handover of the cheque, Mr Chanda explained that the donation was personal pledges of ZRA board and members of staff and not government resources.
“Just like we responded to the city market fire tragedy, ZRA members of staff once again thought of making a donation so that through your office, we can help our brothers and sisters, said Mr Chanda.
“As of today, ZRA staff from their personal pledges and not government resources have decided to donate a total of K168, 580,” he said.
He said distance will not make Zambians to ignore the fact that they remained one people with the people affected by the cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Mr Chanda also disclosed that another undisclosed amount was expected to be handed over to DMMU from the ZRA members of the governing bodies, chaired by Ms Chileshe Kapwepwe.
And receiving the cheque on behalf of government, Ms Chalikosa commended all the well-wishers that have come on board to render humanitarian support.
The Minister said there was need for Zambians and other well-wishers to put their resources together to assist their brothers and sisters during this trying time.
Ms Chalikosa urged others to emulate what ZRA has demonstrated by donating to the cyclone Idai victims.
She however requested ZRA to put a waiver on customs duty on all donated items towards disaster.
“You may wish to know that my office has requested ZRA to put a waiver on customs duty on all donated items towards disaster both food and non-food that government through DMMU will haul across the frontiers with Malawi at Muchinji and Zimbabwe at Chirundu border posts respectively,” she said
In this way, Ms Chalikosa added, there will be no unnecessary delays in delivering the much needed humanitarian relief package to the afflicted countries and also reduce costs on the part of government.
And DMMU national coordinator, Chanda Kabwe, praised ZRA for the gesture and said that God’s blessings was upon Zambia because of its generosity.
Mr Kabwe said God will bless and reward Zambians for showing solidarity and offering humanitarian assistance to the affected countries

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