TIZ Condemns Appointment of Dora Siliya while she is still facing criminal charges

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President Edgar Lungu swears in Petauke member of Parliament Dora Siliya as Energy and Water Development Minister. The President has also sworn in Livingstone Central member of Parliament Lawrence Evans as Deputy minister of Livestock and Fisheries at State House on Friday 16-10-2015- Pictures By Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse.
President Edgar Lungu swears in Petauke member of Parliament Dora Siliya as Energy and Water Development Minister. The President has also sworn in Livingstone Central member of Parliament Lawrence Evans as Deputy minister of Livestock and Fisheries at State House on Friday 16-10-2015- Pictures By Eddie Mwanaleza/Statehouse.

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has condemned President Edgar Lungu for appointing Dora Siliya as Energy and Water Development Minister when she is still facing criminal charges in court.

TIZ Information Officer Charles Chulu in a statement to QFM says the move by President Lungu is a u-turn on his recent promise during the official opening of Parliament that he will not protect anyone facing corruption charges.

Mr Chulu says President Lungu is well aware that Ms Siliya is facing criminal charges of abuse of office.

He states that in April 2012, law enforcement agencies arrested and charged Ms Siliya for abuse of authority of office and the matter is currently active in court.

Mr Chulu says TIZ views the decision by the Head of State as morally incorrect and that if the President Lungu does not reverse his decision, it will be a serious dent in the fight against corruption as his words and actions will be contradictory especially on this appointment which is a serious litmus test on his leadership.

He says the President must realize that this appointment is sending a message that alleged criminality and corruption pays as long as one can render political support to the ruling party.

Mr Chulu adds that President Lungu’s decision means he has abandoned the vision of late President Michael Sata which he promised to uphold, by working with people that are facing criminal charges in the court of law, contrary to President Sata’s vision, who dismissed two deputy ministers when they were being investigated over corrupt practices.

He states that if the late President Sata’s vision and the divine intervention the country sought were to go by, President Lungu should act in good faith and reverse his appointment and allow the courts of law to complete the prosecution of Ms Siliya of all criminal charges against her.

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58 COMMENTS

    • Copper falls 1.8% on the LME as China’s economy slows down the lowest in 7 years. You will need more 18th October prayer days.

      Like the Lunda chief said we are being lead by I.DIOTS whoo think God is there to help them in their foolishness

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    • These are things Lungu should be charged with when is immunity is lifted next year. Abuse of office and the constitution. He swore to respect the constitution

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    • She has been given a very complicated ministry. Energy and Water development. I wonder what she is going to do with our water now. I hope she won’t change the water formula as she tries to develop it.

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  1. I didn’t know Dora is facing charges in a court of law. May be the outcome is already known in advance. Kikikiki

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  2. Yaba, do you expect tribaol criminals to accept that? Wako ni wako, there goes the saying. Lwato today is Kaoma PF chairman. Its like PF loves and lives and behaves and act as a bunch of criminals. For PF bloggers, dont insult me BUT look at the key prison releases, Mpombo and Masumba two convicted criminal was given key platforms to campaign for PF,. A rapist as proved by the court is a PF praise and worsh leader, thanks to the powers that release them! Its all bullsh t. Sho me your friend and I will show you your character. These are the friend of that lead us!

    Cheers

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  3. Lungus GRZ is one of no accountability what so ever. It is made up of convicted fraudsters, Gunmen and failures.
    They cant account for anything. $500 million was recently spent on kariba and no one knows what was done with that money. They are all thieves.

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  4. Reconciliation, repentance and forgiveness. ..maybe by that buffoon praying like a pharisee, that BIGOCA man, Dora is sssumed to have been forgiven. In that case let us close all the prisons and forgive and release dem prisoners.

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  5. Reconciliation, repentance and forgiveness. ..maybe by that buffoon praying like a pharisee, that BIGOCA man, Dora is assumed to have been forgiven. In that case let us close all the prisons and forgive and release dem prisoners.

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  6. Edgar is a president who has never condemned corruption and abuse of authority! Surely how do you appoint someone who is facing very serious corruption charges in courts of law! What message are you sending to judges and magistrates handling her cases! This idi0t’s prime interest is just winning next year’s election and increase numbers in parliament. He has no interest of the citizens at all. all he cares about is himself! How else can one explain the pardoning of his criminal friends from prisons and spending colossal sums of money chartering a plane to take him to USA with his friends if he cared about the poor people who are scratching for a living! Let’s vote wisely next year.

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  7. That’s why I started away from the fake prayers! Lungu is corrupt and a failure thats why he is hiding under the prayers , this is deception and Zambians are so gullible and forget easily, they will still vote for Lungu. God has already given us what we need to prosper , water , minerals , land, all the natural resources we need forward thinking leaders, selfless , sincere, genuine. People say Lungu is humble, humbleness alone does not cut it, the guy is dumb, because how else can he appoint, Dora? He even hag RB acquitted. Zambians will
    Still vote for him ati he is humble! This is spiritual manipulation, wake up Zambians!!!!

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  8. Nothing Lungu is doing is for the interest of the country, currently his main preoccupation is how to stay on as head of state post 2016 general elections. The very act of appointing someone before the courts of law is sending the message to the judiciary that the case against Dora is a non issue and he absolves her of any wrong doing thus the courts must follow suit. ECL needs to exploit Dora’s boldness and stinging bare-it-all tongue against his opponents as campaigns heat up and like it or not Eastern Province and Petauke in particular adore Dora more than any other politician from the area. This is the RB assisted election build up where no one has really condemned the “wako ni wako” mantra that Lungu rides high on.

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  9. This appointment has been so disappointing ad I hope and pray that it comes back to bite him on the backside. The President needs a lesson in what it means to lead a democratic country, the people have the power not him.

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  10. I have been saying for years that we are hurtling towards a crescendo of mediocrity. I can see the rock at the bottom but we ain’t scraping it yet. You are yet to see cartoons and comedy at its height. It started not too long ago. You even have politicians admitting failure and instead of resigning they assign new duties to God (or is it god). If you don’t mind the laughter and bafflement will soothe the pain that is creeping up…

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  11. Sin, ask for forgiveness on 18th Oct. Sin again by appointing criminals and expect all sins committed in between to be wiped out on 18th Oct next year. Zambia is undoubtedly in the hands of criminals hiding behind scriptures

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  12. Can TIZ please be clear, is Dora facing a charge of corruption or of abuse of authority of office? Our organisations have a propensity to deliberately misuse words in order to achieve their objectives. Most of them like TIZ are students, nay loyal disciples of the Past news tabloid, falling over themselves to emulate the most high disciple of deception and wickedness.

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  13. TIZ must not hide the fact that President Sata’s reign was characterised by selective application of justice, complete with a set of charge sheets prepared by Mmembe and judgements of innocent people in the Past media and not in courts of law.
    Has TIZ forgotten that directive by Michael that none of his ministers or officers shall be investigated without his permission? I am not aware that TIZ reacted to that misdemeanor, obviously because Mmembe endorsed Michael’s statement or rather the directive was probably drafted by Mmembe.
    Today TIZ and Mmembe can teach us about the “vision” of President Sata, they mean the vision of President Mmembe, the former president of Zambia?

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    • Short term memory of Zambians is baffling especially in regards to Dora. At one time she was praised by certain sectors who even accused the PF govt of Sata of being afraid of facing her in Petauke. Now tables have turned, the female politician they use to insult and call a pr.ostitute and insulted her ‘*****’ son (Masebo) is now their sweet hear and Dora and RB whose court cases before were indicative of Sata’s dictatorial tendencies are now enemies number one! Even GBM who falsely accused Tongas of planning treason and was accused of committing grand corruption whilst defence minister has now been forgiven! And the Zambian online sheep just follow the wind without question.

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    • Short term memory of Zambians is baffling especially in regards to Dora. At one time she was praised by certain sectors who even accused the PF govt of Sata of being afraid of facing her in Petauke. Now tables have turned, the female politician they use to insult and call a pr.ostitute and insulted her ‘*****’ son (Masebo) is now their sweet hear and Dora and RB whose court cases before were indicative of Sata’s dictatorial tendencies are now enemies number one! Even GBM who falsely accused Tongas of planning treason and was accused of committing grand corruption whilst defence minister has now been forgiven! And the Zambian online sheep just follow the wind without question

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  14. PRESIDENT LUNGU, YOU DO ALL THINGS IN REVERSE, CRIMINALS HOLD HIGH POSTS IN YOUR GOVERNMENT. MASUMBA CONVICTED BUT MADE INTO A MINISTER, NOW DORA I CAN FILL THIS PAGE WITH ALL THE CRIMINALS IN YOUR GOVERNMENT. ARE YOU BEING BLACKMAILED?

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  15. While people were arguing about the day of prayers, Lungu took advantage and dubiously appointed Dora. No one was ready to comment or debate this questionable appointment because people were busy arguing about day of prayer. That is how it works: Create more ministries, declare day of prayer for economy – to cause debate, then appoint some new ministers who won’t face so much opposition, then when day of prayer is fast approaching and people are all arguing that is the time to controversially appoint Dora. After prayers then people will start complaining about Dora, just tell them we are a christian nation reconciled with God. And it worked.

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  16. I CAN’T HELP BUT TAKE NOTE THAT WHILE THE FIRST LADY WAS IN SAUDI ARABIA DORA WAS BEING PROMOTED TO CABINET MINISTER. I GUESS THIS ALSO MEANS SHE NOW CAN FIND A REASON TO GO TO STATEHOUSE ANY TIME LUNGU WANTS TO SEE HER. I AM JUST SAYING HOW COME LUNGU WAITED FOR UNTIL A TIME WHEN THE FIRST LADY WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY. LIKE FTJ WOULD SAY “WHAT IS GOING ON? “

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  17. Do you honestly think this lazy bum cares about things like that…criminal charges are a badge of honor to Lazy Lungu merely look at the company he keeps!!

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  18. Background checks are routinely carried out for such appointments. If there was gross omission let this be corrected forthwith.
    There’s no other way.
    It is human to err.

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  19. This is also the woman who said Sata was gay and would bring homosexuality to the nation. Evil thieves running under cover of prayer meetings now control the nation

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  20. wait for oil gate. it is coming. dora, henrry, james, ruphia, lungu and Angola. You something coming. At ” uyu wine chakolwa, tulefya” viva Jameson viva RB

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  21. I have nothing against Dora, but honestly what is to be gained by appointing someone as polarizing as her to such a key ministry? Of all the many people at his disposal he has to go and pick a lady who is 1. On record insulting the former party and national presidenr. 2. Who is facing criminal charges 3. Who has questionable morals based on her own utterances concerning personal relationship issues. It baffles the mind what could inform such a decision. We are left to assume that there is something unseen to the public between Lungu and Dora or one of Lungu’s cohorts like Rupia with regards to illicit relationships or unethical business transactions.

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  22. Comment: i cn’t understand ths either. Ths z a bunch of criminal we chased, criminal who sold Zamtel at a give away price. Late president Sata used to be insulted by the same criminals. 2day they are serving as Minister! What shame Pf ! Lungu u z a let down. Better i jst stop voting. Rb z a chief advisor to lungu n was recently aquited all his cases, wth ths blind moves lets look 4 William banda 2. Stupid , nosense. I wil nvr vote, bullshit pf.

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  23. Could it be that the president was not aware that her case is not yet over? I am sure even opposition leaders such as Nawakwi and HH were not aware otherwise they were going to be the first to raise this issue. Hope he will reverse this one appointment.

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  24. we are in trouble ,pf leadership have no direction.now there are hiding in prayers to look like there are not responsible for these economic problems. there are liars God will punish them one day.don’t wast time to vote them in 2016,vote for upnd.

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    • Just use religion and you will get away with anything!!! Remember the story of the anointed under wears by some fake men of God. Religion is the opium of the mind……. If we can be faked like this in the 21st centaury then we have no future as a country. We are now a laughing stoke to the international community be cause of hiding in prayers to solve basic economic challenges.

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  25. President Lungu should have taken a leaf from China who rejected Muhabi Lungu as an ambassador to China simply because he was still facing climinal charges with the police. How else do you appoint someone who is not cleared by the courts of law in your Govt?What a scandal this is!!

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  26. My only problem is the quedtionable credibility of these organisations. When they were formed we had total confidence in their integrity. Not any more, they will comment selectively and theybread from the Past News book of selected “guilty” citizens. When the previous President barred ACC and othervwings from investigating his ministers without his consent, TIZ remained mute probably because Mmembe remained mutevtoo. Hence the Kabimbas of this world were left out of the guilty list by Mmembe despite their involvement in Trafigura.

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  27. It stil doesn’t make it right, focus on the wrong commited 2day n not past misdeeds. Wats wrong with we zambians? It is wats happening today and in future that we should concern ourselves with, the past is gone there is nothing we can do about it. HE ECL made a mistake on this one but being a listening presido , I know he wil listen and revoke this appointment

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  28. President Lungu is a disgrace.Most of us gave him support when he was being harassed during succession disputes in the ruling party prior to the presidential bye elections in January and we thought he had integrity surely the opposite is what we are seeing.even if this woman ? supported him during the elections he can’t appoint her she is a very wicked politician surely president Lungu next year you are exiting way for HH

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  29. Kuloleshafye, eish, that’s is why Of has to give more reasons why I should vote for them.We rejected RB and his cohorts, slowly they are creeping back, e iyi yena ili bad.

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  30. Zambians will never learn even after dying from hunger, they will still vote for corruption.. If you watched the prayers called by ECL…you will agree that the government is being run by Papa corruption RB. Even the peaceful DOVES know that RB has a lot of issues with the Zambians. The Dove refused to fly away for three times(Remember the story of Judas in the Bible) until four hands were brought together. Morally Dora is off side. But who care? Surely if RB was a poor leaders then Eddie is worse. If I was ECL, I will put Miles Sampa as the Minister of National Planning to add value and togetherness in our PF party. This will not only show a high level of reconciliation and forgiveness for once’s perceived enemy.

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  31. Zambians, please smell the coffee.

    Here are the reasons why President E. C. Lungu is appointing UPND and MMD/PF members of parliament.

    1) Siamunene (UPND) was appointed as conduit to siphoning and/or stilling the money Lungu obtained as a loan from China under the pretext of procuring equipment for the defence forces and also for rural solar mills. Siamunene can not betray Lungu as he has given him an opportunity he would not have dreamt of in a life time. He also can not be questioned by the PF as he is not accountable to them.

    2) Monde (UPND), was appointed to steal funds to the tune of $42 million meant for the development of fish farming in rural areas. Like Siamunene, he is not accountable to PF nor to UPND.

    3) Dora Siliya (MMD/PF). She has cases pending courts of law…

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    • Dora Siliya (MMD/PF). She has cases pending courts of law…She is there to steal money using the Angola Oil gate with Henry Banda. She also is tasked to use money from the Kariba dam rehabilitation programme and from ZESCO.

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  32. That is why I do not trust politicians. They are all the same, they are all liars. Next year they will all come with all sorts of promises and lies just to get my vote.

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  33. Mwanawasa had to revoke the appointment of Liato when it was discovered that he had pending criminal or corruption cases so we hope the president who has only uttered the word corruption once in 10 months of he’s reign.

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  34. WHY ARE PF CADRES COMPLAINING? YOUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED. IFINTU NI LUNGU! ELO MWA BIKAPO NA DORA NA KAINGU NA RB. THIS IS GOOD! THESE ARE THE TIMES I LOVE LUNGU. WHEN HE TURNS AROUND AND THROWS HIS DEFIANCE IN KAMBWILI AND THE THE REST OF THE PF PHARISEES FACE. GOOD!!!!!!!!!

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  35. In Zambia we make a show of prosecuting offenders especially the well to do but we never see cases through. Most offenders continue doing what they wish. Are they intimidated by the courts of law? No. Even the cases against Dora Siliya will never come to fruition. Whatever happened to Regina Chiluba cases? She was out on bail years ago and never went back to court. Or did I miss something? Only in rare cases do we send people to prison like Bulaya and Mpombo.

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  36. This pact ECL signed with RB is very dangerous……..everyone knows the LOVE that RB has for Dora. Dora is not yet cleared by the courts for the ZAMTEL/Lap Green issues. Why is ECL doing such things?…….Was Pilato not right with his song? There are so many quality PF MP that could have been elevated to these ministerial positions he has given the MMD- RB group and the two UPND rebels.PF as a party has definitely been swallowed by MMD- RB team. We voted RB out in 20111 because of his love for money like you can see now that he wants his cash for the house just now even if the economy is profusely bleeding. Doe RB care about other people?? No, No, NO, nanga nindalama za………… This is Bwezani for you. Now if this is the type of God father that our president has then we have no…

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  37. A very bitter peal for many in PF to swallow, meanwhile RB and Dora are laughing last. I wonder the feeling of Kambwili being in the same cabinet meeting with Dora who perpetually insulted the founder of PF. No wonder we do not need morals in politics in Zambia. Otherwise we would not be seeing such happenings. Re branding is going on PF and those who were rejected are coming back to loot even more.

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  38. This is a thoughtful and appropriate appointment. Honourable Dora Siliya as Energy and Water Development Minister will excel in identifying problem and pushing resolutions.

    Certainly when the chips are down, one must pick the most able in gov’t to shoulder great responsibilities. Honourable Siliya is a Spitfire Brand by word and action, and will be able to support gov’t well and we the citizens will benefit from her industrious nature.

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    • The delay in her Hearings are not down to her and she may very well be innocent of the charges.

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  39. It simply means that political parties in Zambia do not have ideological stands, no manifestos, no guiding principles, no standards, no ethos, no ethics. Nothing like liberalism, no conservatism. Just meaningless state of being.

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