The Forum for Leadership Search Zambia has joined other civil society groups that are calling on President Rupiah Banda not to succumb to mounting pressure from members of the public of firing Communication and Transport Dora Siliya.
Forum Executive Director Edwin Lifwekelo has suggested that President Banda should instead fire the solicitor general Dominic Sichinga for incompetence and misleading the Minister.
Mr. Lifwekelo explained that people in the country should not set a precedent were the media dictate policy decisions of government.
He said it will be wrong for the President to follow public opinion of few individuals whose purpose is to see Ms. Siliya fired from her position for trying to save Zambia Telecommunication (ZAMTEL) jobs.
He said President Banda should be allowed to use his own wisdom after studying the report which he says it has not in any way directed the president to fire the Minister.
Mr. Lifwekelo pointed out that his forum is convinced that Dora Siliya used her discretion to protect Zamtel from gross manipulation by invincible forces wanting shares in Zamtel.
He said the attorney general’s advice can either be taken or discarded adding that it does not constitute a directive.
He added that it will not be the first time that the republic constitution is breached in order to save the interest.
He noted that this is why the republican constitution is also been reviewed to address such short comings.
He said his people should now understand why the former president opted to maintain both the attorney general and justice Minster as one office.
He further advised people in the country to stop politicking the issue and understand why the late president even fired his solicitor general because he did not agree with his opinions.
Mr. Lifwekelo is reacting to concerns by members of the public that are calling on president Banda to fire Communications and Transport minister Dora Siliya that now the tribunal has concluded its settings and submitted the report to him.