By Bright Chikele:
“DIPLOMATS should have limits in the manner they comment on issues regarding obligations and requirements of the law in the countries in which they are accredited”, says Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.
Mr Mulenga said if The Post stood for truth as it had been claiming to be a champion of transparency and exposing other people’s wrongdoing, then it must be ready to be scrutinised.
He said there was no need to blame anyone for the failure of the newspaper to pay tax, saying those diplomats who were condemning the Zambia Revenue Authority’s move to close The Post were unfair.
Mr Mulenga said diplomats should understand that Zambian laws did not exempt anyone from tax obligations.
“And, therefore, it will be naive for anyone to start defending its wrongs when the entire nation needs development, and no argument about it that the paper must pay,” he said.
He said diplomats were in Zambia to represent their countries and not to participate in internal disputes.
“Where in the world will such be allowed? This cannot even be allowed in their own home countries but they want to bring problems in Zambia. “We strongly feel that diplomats areprofessionals who understand that excessive participation in some issues can cause discord,” he said.