Dora Siliya
Dora Siliya
MINISTER of Agriculture Dora Siliya has been acquitted of abuse of authority charges she was alleged to have committed when she was Minister of Transport and Communications during the MMD administration.

Siliya was charged with two counts of abuse of authority of office for allegedly cancelling a tender for installation of a radar system, and instead accepting a free offer from Italian firm Selex Systemi Integrati.

When the case came up for ruling before Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda, sitting as magistrate, he found Siliya with no case to answer.

Mr Banda said for the offence of abuse of authority to be satisfied, a person should have acted arbitrarily while being employed in the public service.

He said a person’s actions should come directly from an illegitimate agenda which is improper in motive with either personal gain or gain for another person.

Mr Banda said Siliya did not cancel any tender because she did not have the authority to do so as that power only lay with the central tender committee.

He said the involvement of Selex to repair the radar was commenced by another minister and permanent secretary and that Siliya only brought the free repair offer to Government’s attention.

Mr Banda said there was no sufficient evidence to support the allegations, adding that this is the reason the tribunal which was set up to probe Siliya cleared her of the same allegations.

He said there was no evidence that should warrant Siliya to defend herself.

“In accordance with section 206 of the CPC [criminal procedure code], I dismiss the charge and its allegations, consequently Ms Dora Siliya is acquitted,” he said.

Particulars were that Ms Siliya, in breach of laid down procedure, allegedly accepted a purportedly free offer from Selex Systemi Integrati for the repair of a radar at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as a result of which Government paid K1,943,932,360, an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. Justice does not matter anymore in Zambia. Abuse office as much as possible. We don’t care anymore. But we will make you pay in one way or the other. Time of reconing is coming?

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    • Now that she is PF, that alone is ground enough for her acquittal. It’s what justice in Zambia has become under PF.

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    • This was a frivolous case.

      Well done Dora. Now keep working hard. All the nation is proud of you.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • ZAMBIA HAS REALLY BECOME BANANA REPUBLIC, HOW CAN JUSTICE PREVAIL WHEN ONE CAN BE ALLOWED TO HOLD OFFICE WHILE CASES ARE STILL IN COURT.

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    • Justice system with appropriate names to go e appropriate judgement to appropriate name. Tribalism is taking new highs.

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    • How can you pay such money to repair anything on earth, even a war-ship can’t cost that much.

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    • “When the case came up for ruling before Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda, sitting as magistrate, he found Siliya with no case to answer.”
      Are they no magistrates…why is it take so long? If the Luo and Maggie cases are going to take this long it will 2021.
      If she had no authority..then who appoints the Tender commitee? This is a joke.

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    • Total white wash of a judgement. This is the Umodzi kumawa type of dubious judgement. The whole justice system in Zambia under Chimbwilima is rotten to the core and Zambian judges, especially Joshua Banda, think with ar.rses, ps.seys and pri.ks!!
      We need to start afresh – not only by firing the whole lot in the justice system but even kill most of them starting with big pu.sey Chimbwilima.

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  2. MCS abused power by threatening to withhold development if a by election didn’t go the PF way. Why wasn’t MCS charged?

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    • Particulars were that Ms Siliya, in breach of laid down procedure, allegedly accepted a purportedly free offer from Selex Systemi Integrati for the repair of a radar at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as a result of which Government paid K1,943,932,360, an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government.
      TODAY THE LADY IS FREE JUST LIKE RB. ZAMBIA IS GONE

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    • …the irony is all your corruption allegations don’t seem to yield convictions, why??? Your post newspaper open court where someone is guilty and judged before facing a court was a joke!!!Who are you to judge someone guilty before a matter is held in court?? The courts are the right institutions to hear and judge suspects, not you!!!

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  3. Fred Mmembe was the force behind wanting to punish Dora. This was about getting even with RB knowing that Dora was an inner circle girl to RB.

    Mmembe & Nchito misled Sata so much that there was a big case. If it was a big a case, Nchito could have convicted Dora but he failed. They rounded her up, locked her in Woodlands Police Station just to embarrass her and send the message to RB.

    It came to the point that before Sata died he questioned Mmembe not to use him to fight his battles with RB.

    Whether Dora is 100% innocent, that can only be interpreted by the courts.

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    • It is refreshing to know that there are people out there who read between the lines and understand Zambian politics, not the bulk of donkeys on this blog who just believe all the rubbish their failed leaders tell them. Your comment is 100% true. That fake anti-corruption crusade was used by these evil characters M’membe and Nchito to get even with their perceived enemies. They controlled state house from Mwanawasa through Sata but found a problem with RB. They have lied to Zambians that they helped Sata into state house but the truth is they just joined a winning team as it was inevitable that Sata was going to win. They thought they could control Sata but at the 11th hour, he turned their evil plans on their heads when he chose ECL who in turn resisted their advances. THAT IS THE REASON…

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    • Zambian citizen

      What of the allegation from a Nigerian oil firm that RB diverted $2.3 million into his sons account ???

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    • Mutembo went to Nigeria and the Nigerian government recieved him with open arms. They availed him all the necessary documents and in the end, FOUND NOTHING!!!That was your anti-corruption circus for you!!!

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    • Spaka like lilo
      It was as you say, ‘AN ALLEGATION.’
      AN allegation must be proved with evidence in court and the Prosevution under Nchito lamentably failed to prove that. Their star witness even broke down in court and wondered why they were persecting an innocent RB. THERE ARE NO AUDITOR GENERAL’S records that show that the Zambian treasury paid for oil that was never delivered, unlike the Carlingtom maize and Chiluba’s arms scandals.
      Did you notice that The Podt stopped reporting the RB court case verbatim once the signs of collapse started appearing? RB was not found with a case to answer and the matter was thrown out of court.

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  4. Were Dora Siliya a UPND member, she would have been sent to Mukobeko Maximum Prison.

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    • If she was acting like a donkey yes she could’ve landed at mukobeko. Dora doesn’t have an insulting mouth like mushipe.

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    • Now that is irrational and wreckless. It is totally absurd. pity that so many UPND zealots ‘like’ this statement. One case is bailable, the other is not.

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  5. What do you expect in a failed state like Zambia. It’s not a country anymore that is run by laws, but a jungle where it’s all about who you know and how well connected you are. This is a failed country governed by a dictator.

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    • Zambia is not a failed state, you wish it was but your evil desires will be denied.

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  6. Of course she will be acquitted because lungu is putting his ka smelly small penis inside this fat smelly woman’s vijayjay

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  7. LT,
    Why do you still keep #8 on your blogs, don’t you read the insolent posts from s/he makes? Don’t tell me you enjoy reading them.

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    • Go and kiss a live wire of a zesco substation. You goat. Tell me one thing lungu has done for you apart from probably sleeping with your ugly mother

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    • What about PF’s foul mouthed Kudos, are you happy with his vitriolic comments he makes on HH?

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  8. We shall trace and pin NEZ. Watch your dirty mouth. This is UPND at its best indeed. Rigged best blogger like his boss hechihechi!

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    • Iwe mukongo wako I have already said that am based at the upnd secretariat. If you are man enough then come and arrest me. Actually send lungu so that I punch him Till he bleeds to death

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    • Ignore ka nonentity NEZ naimwe! Dont you know that he went insane after Kachema’s 6th LOSS! Infant, more insanity awaits him in 2021

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  9. Justice indeed. Smh. Zambia has just gone to the dogs! No justice system, no president.

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    • You have a Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda, sitting as magistrate and he found Siliya with no case to answer….really laughable..I would like to investigate more about this Banda guy, his accounts credits in the last 2 months and where the magistrate was.

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  10. This so called NEZ is ill cultured, no manners and not fit to live with other human beings. How do u insult like that honestly ? Is this the democracy u are singing about in upnd to an extent of even tarnishing the image of your country to the outside world ? Whoever it is, one day u will have to account for your sins not long from now.

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  11. PF need all the MMD they can muster , they are du.ll theives who only think of stealing 24/7 and can not do anything without RB and his eastern gang.

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  12. Really laughable saying she has no authority BUT who can challenge her? The Tender Commitee …why did they not cross examin them in court? Its a joke in Zambia…only lowly ranked officers get arrested.

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  13. It is unreasonable to begin to blame NEZ over his commentary on various national issues. Remember NEZ was BB2016 and his contribution to the cause of national issues was/is robust and truthful in all aspects. NEZ has just evolved to suit the emerging climate Zambian political and media climate. What most of you should be wondering is whether Zambian politics has made a better country now or simply wallowing in the mire next to a lawless state or dictatorial governance. NEZ is simply telling it in response to contemporary state of affairs.

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    • Exactly. Finally some one understands my point. Pf cannot be engaged at a mature level so I am sinking to their level

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    • MunaDekhane you are NEZ why even bother because you are fooling no one lol
      because everyone knows NEZ was not even second Muhsota won Best Blogger 2016. In which world did NEZ win Best blogger 2016. Mushota won. a quick google will show this.why dont Lusaka times ban this f00l. you allow defamation of a sitting president sure?

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    • not NEZ lost to mushota.
      He tries to hard but is fool. I don’t like mushota but she is miles better than NEZ and she won BB2016 you can check in Lusaka website and google to prove that.
      Lusakatimes please ban this NEZ you don’t defame the president like that. Also the person who wrote this is NEZ pretending we are fools to not realise. He is just a fool. Even kudos is better. But mushota is more entertaining
      Lusaka times please ban this NEZ

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    • Ati NEZ won. NEZ lost and tried rigging. Mushota won and I voted for this until I realised my vote was wasted and glad he lost.

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  14. The accountability lies with the Minister of Works in this case – Dora Siliya. To find her with no case to answer is “amazing.” This Joshua Banda most likely took a bribe to defeat the ends of justice. The Anti – Corruption Commission should get involved in this. JB is a disgrace to the Law Profession.

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  15. MunaDekhane you are NEZ why even bother because you are fooling no one lol
    because everyone knows NEZ was not even second Muhsota won Best Blogger 2016. In which world did NEZ win Best blogger 2016. Mushota won. a quick google will show this.why dont Lusaka times ban this chap. you allow defamation of a sitting president sure?

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  16. Whether Zambia has become lawless as you put does not mean one can reduce oneself to insults! You don’t change manners like a chameleon! Its is just a dirty background, uncultured despite the education…I think it boils down to the family background where insults were part of one’s language. Can’t we just reason? Post our comments and opinions? Even as you read this you want to insult me! You are a disgrace. You have no right to insult anyone! Look at the type of insults ….do you have a mother or father? Shame! If this is where we are going in Zambia just because of politics then…I don’t know. Get a life! Or maybe channel your insults into farming than waste your time online!

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  17. THE LEGAL SYSTEM STILL ALLOWS NEW EVIDENCE. IF YOU HAVE EVIDENCE AGAINST DORA PLEASE AVAIL IT. INSTEAD OF OPENING YOUR SMELLY MOUTH. AND DONT WASTE TIME WITH PRELIMINARIES WE WANT TANGIBLE EVIDENCE. DONT TAKE MORE THAN 14 DAYS.

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    • And she is back in govt with the same people who kicked her out and were calling her a thief, she is stealing with them now…the only losers are the docile Zambians who are praying that one day in the future things will be rosy.

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  18. Dear Mr Lungu since you can acquit fellow mbeba eater Dorah please acquit kachema HH too. Stop pretending to us that you don’t have power over the judiciary when you be acquitted even 41 chinamen

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  19. Jerry Rawlings showed how us how its done.
    Get all of them whether aquited by corrupt courts or not,get out the firing squad and sort them out.
    Clean up the mess and start clean.

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  20. IT IS MOCKERY TO JUSTICE IN ZAMBIA.
    DORA SILITI TO BE ACQUITTED?HOW WITH ALL THAT EVIDENCE.THEN HENRY BANDA SHOULD COME BACK TO ZAMBIA.HE HAS NO CASE TO ANSWER AS WELL.
    THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN ZAMBIA AND MINISTERS WILL NEVER STOP TO STEAL.

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