By Nation Reporter
THOSE spreading false information that I am trying to shield the Post Newspaper from paying the K53 million it owes the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) are just tarnishing my image because the Ministry of Finance does not interfere with tax collection, Finance deputy minister Christopher Mvunga has said.
Commenting on information linking him to a ploy to help the Post Newspaper come out of its financial quagmire with ZRA, Mr. Mvunga said the statement was false and peddled by those who wanted to tarnish his image because the scope of work for his ministry was based on policy and had nothing to do with revenue collection.
Mr Mvunga has been accused of trying to influence President Edgar Lungu on the matter because he was compromised with threats of exposure.
He said he had received a lot of questions from the media concerning the statement that has allegedly been engineered by individuals who wanted to bring him down and dispelled rumours that the Government was planning to close the Post.
“The role of the Ministry of Finance is based on policy; we have nothing to do with revenue collection and we do not preside over or get involved in the operations of ZRA and so the information is fake and I do not want to dwell on that nonsense because I have received a lot of questions from the media over the same.
‘‘All businesses must pay tax. I have never spent any time with Fred M’membe to discuss anything with him. They have written bad things about me before so what is there to discuss with them?” Mr. Mvunga asked.