A new investigation released by Action Aid International Zambia has revealed that Zambia Sugar PLC, producer of White Spoon Sugar and other household brands, is evading tax remittance in Zambia.
The report which was released in Lusaka today indicates that Zambia Sugar PLC has been avoiding remitting full tax since2007.
Action Aid Zambia Country Director Pamela Chisanga said the continuous trend by Zambia Sugar and other corporate entities of avoiding paying taxes deprives the poor Zambians from having access to basic necessities.
She added that due to these corporate institutions avoidance to remit revenue to government, the vulnerable Zambians have continued to live in adverse poverty.
“If Zambia is ever going to end its dependence on foreign aid, it must first be able to raise the money needed to provide for its own citizens. Taxes are a sure source of sustainable income. Taxes pay for critical public services like healthcare, good infrastructure, clean water and many other social amenities,” she said.
Ms Chisanga has since called on all Zambians to join hands and take urgent action in ending tax evading among corporate entities in the country.
Efforts to get a comment from Zambia Sugar Corporate Affairs Director, Lovemore Sievu failed as his mobile phone was not reachable by press time.
Action Aid is a global movement of people working together to achieve greater human rights for all and defeat poverty established in Zambia 1996.