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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

I will respect President Banda’s decision on Ms Siliya’s matter, Harrington

Headlines I will respect President Banda's decision on Ms Siliya's matter, Harrington

Former Communications and Transport Minister William Harrington says he will now wait for President Rupiah Banda’s decision on Communication and Transport Minister Dora Siliya.

Mr Harrington said he will respect President Banda’s decision after he studies the final Tribunal report was handed to him by Tribunal Chairperson Ethe head of state.

Speaking to the media at the funeral house of late Patriotic Front National Chairman Chitalu Sampa during the late’s leader’s requim mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka , today, Mr Harrington said he will respect President Banda’s decision on the matter as he is the the head of state.

Mr. Harrington however said it would be premature for him to issue any statement because the issue at hand involves different stakeholders on the matter.

And one of the lawyers Winter Kabimba said the tribunal has done it’s part but now the nation await upon President decision after studying the findings and recommendations of the Tribunal.

Mr. Kabimba said the general public needs to know the final verdict on Ms Silya.

Tribunal Chairperson Juged Enerst Chirwa yesterday submitted the final report to President Banda on the Communications minister Siliya who is alleged to have breached Article 54 sub Article 3 of the republican constitution when she selected RP Capital Partners limited to evaluate Zamtel assets minus the Attorney General’s advice.

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54 COMMENTS

  1. It was expected but now she will be in trouble. This time around she doesnt know what RB will do to her,she cant even sleep. I thinnk she got a lot of money from RP what ever.

  2. Harrington, you sound like all of us here at LT. We are also waiting and so I do not know why your waiting should be more important.

  3. Ba Dora sibanazibe ma proper procedure yo konka, that is the reason Zambians should read through documents three times over from on and beyond. I was going to comment on the pictures on the photos of the week, but ba mulamu bakumansa baniyofya; Naopa namwana. May God open the eyes of our Zambian fellows so as we know alcohol is destroying our people.

  4. Dora was enticed by the kick back from RP, she did not care to cover-up. The post/Nchito knew this, they only rvealed when they had a bone to chew with her.

  5. The new-worth aspect of this story centres around the word ‘respect’. It appears Mr Harrington will be content with whatever Banda decides, thats the gist of this story.

  6. Gratitude is not found among gross people but kings and queens …..Harrington did a good move , bold step ….. what is the way forward …… what lies ahead ……

  7. Why should Harrington talk about such issues at the funeral. Aba!!!!!!!!!! Waiting happen in Zambia 0??? Chineke help us O!

  8. This is where we will see how credible our president is. If he really is for the fight against corruption, he will with no doubt act accordiningly, i.e dropping her.

  9. Could it be a probability that our ministers need full and proper orientation before taking up office?

    They perhaps also need to be reminded and to realise that the old politics are now long gone, when they wielded power without any challenge from the public.

    I wonder whether an honest apology and forgiveness meet anywhere in this matter at this late hour, after all the chinwagging?

  10. Its funny how the people in MMD were not recommending Siliya to resign when the tribunal was going on but were busy calling for the removal of Nchito as task force prosecutor. I cant wait to see what Bwezani will do now that his beloved minister has been found with a case. Actually i cant wait for the comment from the ‘wise lawyer’ and vice president George Kunda. Well whatever happens next, atleast we know that corruption still lingers in RB’s governement, whether he denies it or not. If i were him, i would save my face by immediately firing George Kunda and Siliya, atleast that way he will gain the support of about 20 more Zambians if not less. The man should make the same move Levy made on Nyirongo. But looking at the track record of our president it will be a surprise of this is…

  11. 3 words “Corruption corruption corruption” These people including the so called RBB will never change. stop wasting our time.

  12. Harrington, whats your point? If you think that Dora is guilty, then she should remain guilty to you despite the findings of the tribunal…therefore, just don’t change statements.

  13. LT, Siliya is NOT just ALLEGED to have breached Article 54 sub Article 3 of the republican constitution as your report suggests. SHE ACTUALLY DID BREACH the said article of the Republican Constitution and that is the tribunal’s findings. Your report is a bit misleading!

  14. The Dora tribunal has been an opportunity to ascertain the level of legal and civil unawareness among bloggers. In Reverend Nyirongo’s case vs. the state, there was aprioristic evidence of material valuable in form of land that transferred ownership. In the Dora tribunal, no evidence of valuable material gain or transfer has been found in the tribunal adjudication.

    Legally this takes away any basis of criminal charges. Ignoring legal advice by constitutional office holders does not warranty to criminal but breaching misconduct. The Presido can handle this report using many options within his implied powers where prerogatives derive from. He can subject his Minister to some severe reprimand, dismissal, demotion, or indeed redeploy her for reorientation her in public office leadership…

  15. There is no ground for criminal charge to permanently disqualify her from public office or Preisido’s Prerogative appointing privileges.But in all discretionary verdict, it is RB’s constitutional Prerogative powers that we should beprepare to stomach.

  16. Imwe mweba Blogers mulansekesha, ubukopo, Dora did not do anything unconstitutional.Malila’s advice was based on the sale of ZAMTEL but no one (even cabinet) sanctioned the ZAMTEL sale. Dora wanted a due diligence done on ZAMTEL first before taking the matter to cabinet after which a recommendation on wetha to proceed with the sale or not was to be made. Malila rushed into offering advice and ended up offering right advice for wrong purposes because there was actually no sale going on.Malila (M’membe’s friend) knew that if RP capital conduced a due diligence, they were going to be front runners to seek investors in the purchase of ZAMTEL’s assets and leaked the MEMO to his friend M’membe at the Post who wanted to use Post Link to buy ZAMTEL but Dora had refused.

  17. The Post, Given Lubinda, Harrington and the 10 NGO’s shoud be now ashamed of wasting pipo’s time over a straight forward issue. Let me advice Zambians not to waste time on M’membe rumblings this time around, those are kicks of a dying horse.He has mismanaged the Post to its knees, what makes him think he can run ZAMTEL, my ass! With Dora, he has dug his grave, RB is not dismissing Dora, how have you forgotten that Henry Banda introduced Dora and the guys at the Ministry of Transport to RP Capital through Renainnasence Capital? She is staying and she will finish off M’membe. Interesting times we are living in.

  18. Why are you guys engaging in needless debate on whether Dora is guilty or not. The tribunal has stated that she breached the constitution. Period. So let’s just wait and see what RB will decide on this matter. Then we can debate.

  19. RB could not finish reading the book of law from the tribunal, so we wait maybe next week or 2011 😕

  20. Whichever way Dora breached the constitution and the tribunal stated indirectly that if the president does not fire her, he will be liable to impeachment. Read the times report which states “They said it was a fact that before ministers assumed their responsibilities they took oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution of Zambia and the laws of the land.

    They said breach of the Constitution was a serious matter and that if the president breached the Constitution, he was liable to impeachment under Article 37 of the Constitution”

  21. Can some highlight me why Harrington is so much interested in this case
    Please help my ignorance before i jump into any conclusion…………….Ba Harrington na Ba Dora vili Bwanji?

  22. LT, “Tribunal Chairperson Juged Enerst Chirwa” should have been “Tribunal Chairperson Judge Dennis Chirwa”

  23. And you even misspelt Ernest. Please Lt pull up your socks. # 29. The question should be, why dont you treat matters of this nature with the importance they deserve? I f more people put the govt to task over some decisions they made, Banda and Co would not make decisions as lightly as they make them

  24. The comments of most people on this blog leave much to be desired. If you have a bone to chew with the post, chew it elsewhere. There was a breach of the constitution which is a very serious offense as the Tribunal stated. If it was the head of state who had done this, it would have been enough grounds for his impeachment. Now surely, if the president could have been impeached, why should he spare Dora. In fact, the tribunal indirectly suggested that Rupiah releave Dora of her duties. There is no way an offense can be so serious as to impeach the president and yet a minister does it and she still remains in office. It suggests the minister has higher authority than the president. This will encourage indiscipline which the president says he is fighting. We acnt ahve ministers breaching the

  25. The comments of most people on this blog leave much to be desired. If you have a bone to chew with the post, chew it elsewhere. There was a breach of the constitution which is a very serious offense as the Tribunal stated. If it was the head of state who had done this, it would have been enough grounds for his impeachment. Now surely, if the president could have been impeached, why should he spare Dora. In fact, the tribunal indirectly suggested that Rupiah releave Dora of her duties. There is no way an offense can be so serious as to impeach the president and yet a minister does it and she still remains in office. It suggests the minister has higher authority than the president. This will encourage indiscipline which the president says he is fighting. We cant have ministers breaching the

  26. Contd
    breaching the constitution and getting away with it. We might as well abandon the NCC sittings right now. Why have a constitution review if we wont even have the decency to follow the one already in place? Think about the seriousness of this case instead of yapping carelessly. Its sickening

  27. #35 Splaka you are right. I don’t think I ll comment right now myself although I intend to follow these (you guys’) able postings for now, quietly like the eagle, a member of the avian species, which a symbol of our national price.

  28. Morning LT Bloggers. # 10 Nsimbi: You are right the LT story is emphasizing on the word “respect” but LT are lying. Harrington did not say that. I don’t know where they got their story. # 22 Roger: You seem to have points but why didn’t all that come out during the Tribunal sittings? And coming to the Tribunal itself, why didn’t it recommend to the President actions to take against the erring Dora? Why leaving action on her to the discretion of the President?

  29. Harrington, you did a good job. I salute you. You had the courage to call for what most of us did not know about or turned a blind on if we did know. The Tribunal presented their findings. Your disposition is yet pregnant with another daring stance… SPEAK THE TRUTH MR PRESIDENT. Thanks Harrington

  30. Akulu mpuno will not do anything. you people what do you expect. just wait for 2011 and hope they do not “nyunya” us again. Infact he will laud her for being a good perfoming minister blah blah despite the fact that “raped” our constitution. You guys bafuna kumipoka ici cintu chanu!

  31. Akulu mpuno will not do a thing. Just wait for 2011 for the masses to do something, praying that we ‘re not “nyunya-ed” again. Infact expect Akulumpuno to laud Siliya for being a good pragmatic minister, despite the fact tha she r_a_p_e_d our constitution. You people “bafuna kumipoka ici cintu chanu”. Wako niwako, nosense.

  32. #41 No Way you are right again I’m black and proud of that, actually. As for your insults I don’t mind cos such, will just sweep over me, they don’t sink. For your own info. all human beings are homo-sapiens a sub species, and none has a bigger brain than another. As to primitive I mean’t uncivilised thats all. From the abandunce of heart, a man speaks, hence your insults. Take it easy!

  33. Thank you #45 No Way I actually felt the same way but take care man and remember mother Zambia always. We have to do something for our country someday.

  34. Dora is not as innocent as her supporters think. To make a decision like she did, something is wrong. The tribunal didn’t investigate anything but based their judgement on, almost, verbal evidence.

  35. On “Speaking to the media at the funeral house of late Patriotic Front National Chairman Chitalu Sampa during the late’s leader’s requim mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka , today, Mr Harrington said he will respect President Banda’s decision on the matter as he is the the head of state”, this is good for Mr Harrington. As for me, I am considering taking the outcome to court if it will not be in line of defending the Zambian Consitution even if the President RB BANDA has some prerogative powers to let Minister DORA stay.

    Following this, I am advising Minister DORA SILIYA not to wait President RB Banda’s verdict on her future but to RESIGN from her ministerial position in the interest of the Nation without delay.

    2011 campaign messages are going to be nice…

  36. Mr Harrington did what most Zambians are too afraid of doing! He made an extra effort to keep Dora and allies from robbing our nation yet again. Thank you. RBB has no shame to even have Dora as his minister as I type. He should have taken action long ago. Does he need a month to study a mere 100-paged documents! This is just so annoying!

  37. This case will go on and on like etc etc etc etc until something new and hot breaks, like the results of ZA probe for example.

  38. If there are people who think, like mmembe, that this is a way to get what was not achieved in 2008, they better think again. Their friends are not sleeping ka and they have access to the best legal brains in the land. See the way cobra’s petition collapsed?

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