Friday, 15th April 2016
Minister of Energy Dora Siliya’s tribal rantings and hate speech directed at the people of Southern Province is very disheartening and completely violates the spirit of the “One Zambia, One Nation” motto being preached and pronounced daily on ZNBC.
As a senior member of both the PF’s Central Committee and President Edgar Lungu’s Cabinet we can only assume that Dora Siliya has all the blessings of the President himself who is allowing his Ministers to preach tribal hatred, as she has been recorded yesterday in her address to Katete residents of Eastern Province.
Once again we do not expect any action to be taken against Ms. Siliya from President Edgar Lungu because the President has not acted on any of his senior party officials who have been uttering similar or worse hate speech, derogatory remarks, lies and slander against the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and other leaders and members.
Dora Siliya’s conduct is not only illegal under the Constitution, but it cleary goes against the resolutions of the recently held political parties Peace Indaba, which resolved that civil political discourse is an important way of reducing political violence in the country.
We also wonder how Dora Siliya’s tribal rantings and hate speech in Eastern Province yesterday will reduce the cost of farming inputs, bring an end to the power-cuts that have crippled business, reduce the cost of mealie meal, and address the many challenges the country is facing at the moment.
As we head towards elections, we call on Zambians to be on the lookout for more divisive sentiments and lies from the PF leadership who, while proclaiming to be Godly, the evidence shows continue to deliver evil messages meant to divide our people.
Dr. Canisius Banda