Responding to UPND presidential running mate Geoffrey Mwamba’s comments that Ms. Siliya is foolish for questioning the authenticity of the academic credentials he submitted to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Ms Siliya said Zambia cannot afford to have a trump problem.
“Clearly we can’t afford a trump problem where by a possible leader of Government business can call anyone names because their skin is thin,” Ms Siliya said.
“I have just heard the latest reference to me by GBM as ‘Chiwelewele’ for posting that I can’t wait to hear the true story about his ‘qualifications’. First of all, my mulamu ba GBM, like all of us politicians, have no reason to dupe anyone on constitutional requirements. It’s either you are qualified or not.”
She said she has a very public education record starting with her name on the wall at Kabulonga Girls as the best student at grade 12 in 1988.
“In my second year at campus I was named one of the 2% most intelligent students. I am proud to have done a Masters at Cambridge through Prince Charles scholarship. My former school mates at all levels are plenty,” she said.
She added, “In the matter of ba GBM I see no need to ‘dont Kubeba’ anyone with one’s qualifications. But then not all of us have such clear cut education paths. I am still convinced we are yet to hear more about GBM qualifications. I can only wish him well.”
Ms. Siliya said she is glad President Edgar Lungu and Zambians have placed premium on education and in future no one will boast in doing any dont Kubeba.