FORMER Transport minister Dora Siliya has denied criticising the late President Micheal Sata and accusing him of being Xenophobic.
At a media briefing in Lusaka last week, Ms Siliya is being quoted as having said that; “Never before, at least in my adult life, have I seen citizens liberties infringed upon as in the last three years. The Panga carrying xenophobic attackers in South Africa shock us, but I believe they also remind us of the path our country almost took, with Panga carrying cadres on the streets of Lusaka and in various by- elections.”
On Thursday last week the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the High Court that allowed the former Petauke lawmaker to recontest the seat after it was nullified for electoral malpractice.
The judgement comes almost after two years since the Petauke Central seat was nullified by the Supreme Court in June 2013.
But Ms Siliya is yet to be approached by any political party including the MMD to contest on their ticket.
PF national youth Chairperson Chishimba Kambwili has advised former Petauke Central Member of Parliament Dora Siliya to apologise to the party and late President Michael Sata’s family, for allegedly suggesting that Mr Sata’s fight against corruption can be likened to the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
But in a Facebook posting ms Siliya wrote, ”Some reports reaching me claim that at my press briefing I talked about late President Sata being xenophobic. I know there is a culture of not reading in Zambia but those who care to do so will see that under Civil Liberties I stated that the panga carrying xenophobic ATTACKERS in South Africa should also remind us of the path our country ALMOST took, in the last 3 years when we saw PANGA CARRYING CADRES on the streets of Lusaka and in by elections. I never fabricated those scenes as everyone saw them on TV. I went on to call on leaders to be more tolerant to criticism. I rest my case.”