Siliya challenges Bishop Paul Duffy
|MMD spokesperson & Minister of Education Dora
MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya has
challenged out-spoken Mongu Diocese Catholic Bishop Paul Duffy, to tell the
nation which party the people of Western Province would prefer if they do not
want the current MMD-led Government.
And Ms Siliya handed over two
computers to Petauke police and prisons departments.
Speaking at a media
briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Ms Siliya described the remarks by Bishop
Duffy that the people of that area did not want the MMD as extremely
She questioned the basis of Bishop Duffy’s remarks and said MMD
was the only formidable party, and that opposition parties like the PF were a
one-man party, while their pact counterparts in the UPND were a regional
Ms Siliya, who is Education Minister and Petauke MP, said the MMD
was on the right track to national development, which she said had steered
economic development, in all sectors of the economy.
She was reacting to
media reports that quoted Bishop Duffy as having said the people of Western
Province thought it was time to change the Government, alleging that President
Banda’s Government was full of contradictions.
And commenting on Chilanga
MP Ng’andu Magande’s remarks that he (Magande) was the late president Levy
Mwanawasa’s choice for a successor after Dr Mwanawasa, Ms Siliya said the MMD
was not a one-man party, and that the process for selection of any candidate to
stand on its ticket had to pass through all the organs of the party.
challenged Mr Magande to prove his popularity by resigning from the party and
recontesting his seat.
She said this in reaction to remarks made by Mr
Magande on ZNBC’s “Frank Talk” TV programme on Wednesday that his expulsion from
the party would cost the MMD a by-election, because the MMD would easily lose
the Chilanga seat to the opposition.
And speaking when she handed over
the computers, Ms Siliya said she was prompted to donate the equipment in order
to enhance the performance of the two departments in her district.
Siliya, who is also Petauke MP, said the computers would enable the two
departments move in line with the new ear of information communication
And receiving the donations, Petauke police superintendent
Emmanuel Bwalya and his prisons counterpart Changala Silwamba, commended the MP
for working at uplifting the working environments of the two