United Party for National Development (UPND) National Youth Secretary, Trevor Mwiinde has called on investigative wings to move in and investigate Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Dora Siliya so that she tells the nation what she means by saying that her Government is full of thieves.
Mr Mwiinde argues that sentiments attributed to Ms Siliya in today’s News Diggers dated 15th May 2020 where she is alleged to have admitted that past governments including her own was full of thieves are serious and she should help the investigative wings to arrest the thieves as she appears to know them.
He said that it was disturbing that the minister, who is famed for waging a relentless war against a free press, could reduce herself to championing theft.
He stated that the fact that she, herself has been involved in a number of scandals such as the Maize gate scandal in which she authorized the export of 50, 000 metric tonnes of Maize to Malawi as well as the illegal cancelling of a tender to supply a radar to the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport didn’t give her a license to be praising thieves.
“As UPND youths, we are disturbed by Dora Siliya’s statement that every country has thieves because we believe that all the thieves should be obliterated from this country. How do you expect other country’s to perceive us if the minister of information can be so careless to give a statement of this nature?” he wondered.
He stated that, it was not surprising that the Chief Government Spokesperson, who is also the Petauke central MP, could shamelessly utter such words owing to her past reputation.
“We are not surprised that Ms Siliya could utter such words because, she herself has been involved in a number of scandalous activities. One of those activities are the fight between Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Hon Nkandu Luo and Home Affairs Minister, Stephen Kampyongo who fought for a tender to install CCTV cameras at the Copper belt University in 2018,” he said.
Mr Mwiinde has since called for the launch of investigations into Ms Siliya’s sentiments, saying leaving such unabated had a negative connotation to the country.
“Therefore, we wish to call on the relevant authorities to swiftly move in and investigate Ms Siliya in order to establish what she meant when she stated that ‘every country has thieves’,” he said.
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