LUSAKA, Sept. 9 — The following are news highlights in Zambia’s major media outlets on Sunday.
— Over 730,000 people with bank accounts in Zambia have so far obtained tax identification numbers since the introduction of the exercise last year.
Topys Sikalinda, corporate affairs manager at the Zambia Revenue Authority, the country’s tax agency, said 731,789 bank account holders have obtained the Tax Payers Identification Numbers from January 2017 to August 2018. (Zambia Daily Mail)
— Smoking of tobacco by youths and women in Zambia is on the upswing and is raising serious health concerns, health authorities have said.
John Mayeya, National Tobacco Control Focal Point in the Ministry of Health, said the situation has been compounded by the absence of registration to regulate tobacco consumption. (Daily Nation)
— A consortium of civil society organizations in Zambia have accused the government of trying to bleed citizens through taxes in order to fill the gap left by huge debt repayments due to over borrowing.
In a joint statement, the organizations said the government needed to stop and consider the consequences of its reckless borrowing on citizens. (The Mast)