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Zambia Revenue Authority To Audit Churches, Bishop Fights Against Move


The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has declared its intention to audit churches in Zambia.

It is unclear why the Authority is seeking to undertake such an exercise.

But a Lusaka-based man of God, Bishop Simon Chihana has complained about the move.

According to Bishop Chihana, who is the president of the International Fellowship for Christian Churches (IFCC), ZRA’s declaration had come at a time when poverty was high in Zambia and with a very high level of unemployment.

He says “The current position taken by the Zambia Revenue Authority, ZRA, cannot go without comment and taking serious analysis because it borders on a body that all of us as Zambians have great attachment to and this is the Church. The Zambia Revenue Authority has declared that they shall be auditing the churches in Zambia for whatever reasons, and it has come at such a time that poverty is high in the nation and with a very high level of unemployment among our people.”

According to him, wisdom is paramount in running national issues and consideration for the plight of the poor is a mark of great leadership.

He noted that the Church in Zambia had been a great partner in the fight against poverty.

He says “The Church has from time immemorial helped governments in bringing quality education to every one of us, quality medical care through mission hospitals and clinics. The Church is not a social club, but an organism through which God works to minister to the needs of humanity both spiritually, physically, and socially.”

“The Church is the salt to us all, through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God society is sustained in many ways, we are encouraged to love each other, forgive one another, help one another in time of need. The Church is always there to play as the mediator in times of conflict, to broker peace and unity.”

“But the Church is working day and night doing the job of reconciling families, helping the rejected, run away husbands and wives to resolve, run away children and parents to come together,” according to him.

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