ZAMBIANS accusing the Government of treating the Post Newspaper unfairly should think twice, Zambia Republic Party (ZRP) president Wright Musoma has said.
Mr. Musoma said it was ridiculous that some individuals have continued to attack President Edgar Lungu and Government for mistreating the Post Newspaper and its proprietor Fred M’membe over the demand by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) for the newspaper to pay its outstanding tax arrears.
“Those coming out in the Post Newspaper seeking publicity and accusing the President and Government of mistreating the Post should not be taken seriously; I think they are being unreasonable,” Mr. Musoma said.
He charged that ZRA was just doing its job as a State institution mandated to collect tax on behalf of the Zambian people.
Mr. Musoma said the best the Post’s sympathisers could do was to advise Mr. M’membe to pay the outstanding tax that his newspaper owed the State.
“The fact is that the Post Newspaper has been evading tax and it’s even overdue, so they should be told to pay because that is the only right thing to do.
“In other countries, or if this government was very cruel, they should have been languishing in jail by now. So those people who are sympathizing with Mr M’membe should advise him to pay,” he said.
Mr. Musoma noted that the money that the Post Newspaper owed the State was a lot to contribute to the infrastructure development projects that were currently going on in the country.
“Government is busy constructing roads and infrastructure at a very huge cost; when you look at that money, some of the debts that they are blaming Government for, could be avoided,” he said.
Mr. Musoma appealed to President Lungu and Government to also review the newspaper’s tax that late President Michael Sata waived, saying that the Post Newspaper should pay as the money belonged to the Zambian people.
“In fact President Lungu should review those billions that late President Michael Sata forgave, that is State money and the Post should be told to pay,” he said.