The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has advised the public to disregard media reports alleging that it employs ghost personnel.
In response to the Daily Nation story, ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda stated that the authority is very saddened that people can go to such lengths to discredit ZRA, which is working so hard to mobilise resources for the nation under extremely difficult conditions.
“Therefore, the story in today’s Daily Nation Newspaper and social media alleging that the institution has about 67 ghost workers makes very sad reading. We are very disappointed that people can go to such an extent to malign ZRA which is working so hard to mobilise resources for the nation under very challenging circumstances.
ZRA is a very sensitive organisation that cannot afford to have any ghost employees as alleged by the false story. All our employees are accounted for and present at their respective duty stations fully preoccupied with the responsibility of collecting revenue.
“This act of maligning the institution has the potential to erode taxpayer confidence in the country thereby affecting revenue collection. As an institution we remain focussed on our mandate of mobilising revenue on behalf of the government as witnessed by our recent beating of this year’s target four months before the end of the year,” he said.
Mr Sikalinda said “The public is therefore urged to dismiss the story with the contempt it deserves.
“We further challenge anyone, he said, who believes that ZRA could have a ghost worker to show proof and report to relevant authorities,” concluded the statement.