Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to sack Finance Deputy Minister over his reported love affair with Radio Phoenix Journalist Priscilla Chipulu.
Tabloids in Zambia have been reporting on how Mr Mvunga ordered the arrest of Priscilla after their love affair turned sour and accused the Journalist of getting classified information from his Mulungushi Village complex home.
But Mr Tayali says it is clear that the manner in which Mr Mvunga has treated Priscilla amounts to abuse of office authority and sexual harassment.
He said Mr Mvunga is a danger to State Security because he has clearly shown that he is careless with State secrets.
Mr Tayali said the confirmation of that Mr Mvunga wants the Journalist arrested by the police and involved the office of the President (OP) to raid her home proves that he is desperate.
He said Mr Mvunga knows that he has been conducting himself in a manner that does not befit his office as regard to State secrets whenever he was with this girl.
“When Christopher Mvunga was appointed D. Minister of Finance, one of my friends who knew him told me that President Edgar Lungu had made a mistake to appoint him because the guy was just a useless drunk with no morals. Being the Lungu supporter that I am, I thought my friend was just being jealousy. Reading the stories of yesterday and today in The Post proves my friend right. This man is a saturnalian who does not deserve to be a minister,” Mr Tayali said.
He said President Lungu should not tolerate the behaviour of Mr Mvunga and he must fire him immediately.
“President Lungu can’t give excuses of evidence because clearly this Mvunga is found wanting,” he said.
He said, “This D. Minister has clearly abused his position and taken advantage of a Journalist, because, in his own words, he has revealed that he met this Priscilla in the line of his duty when they travelled to North Western Province for a ministerial tour and Priscilla was covering the Mvunga a senior public servant.”
He said President Lungu and the general public must have confidence in their ministers but that Mr Mvunga has clearly shown that he is untrustworthy and therefore he should go.
“Above that, this man is abusive to State facility. He has attempted to use State institutions (OP and Police) to try and sort out his personal messy with his girlfriend. This is an abuse in no uncertain terms and he should be charged for it,” Mr Tayali said.
“Clearly there is sexual harassment even if Priscilla agreed to date this man because Mvunga is in a higher position to influence the decision of a poor young journalist to do wrong things. I know President Lungu is also a man like many of us, but when you assume such a huge responsibility, things have to change otherwise don’t accept the positions if you can’t behave yourself.”
He said President Lungu has been put on the spot to show direction on how his ministers should behave in public and in their work.
‘If the President does not act accordingly he will simply be exposing himself because others have questioned his past in this regard including about his children,’ he said.