Govt to increase taxes on petroleum fuel, motor vehicles
By Staff Reporter
RULING Patriotic Front members of parliament yesterday voted to increase taxes on petroleum fuel, motor vehicles.
Although the opposition voted against the new tax measures, the ruling party had the numbers to push through the bill that seeks to increase the tax burden on the citizens.
In a text message yesterday, opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Chief Whip Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane expressed concern over the new bill.
“Today UPND MPs voted against the bill by the government to increase taxes on petroleum fuel, motor vehicles,” he stated. “We opposed these taxes because Zambians are already overtaxed. Also, some taxes increments such as that on fuel will increase cost of transport for passengers, merchandise and others”.
Dr Musokotwane said it was sad that the PF which won elections in 2011 partly because of the promise to lower taxes and increase money in peoples’ pockets was doing the opposite.
“Sadly, because the PF members are more than UPND members in Parliament, they won the votes and therefore the taxes will come into force,” lamented Dr Musokotwane.