I am a hard worker, boasts Siliya

MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya says she has earned her positions in government through hard work.

Ms Siliya who is also Education Minister said she has been in the party for a long time and that she had added value to it.

She was responding to a question that she is untouchable in President Rupiah Banda’s government.

This was when she featured on Zambezi FM, a local radio station in Livingstone over the weekend.

Ms. Siliya noted that people had become opinion makers, a vice which the MMD fought.

She said she was a hard worker and that she once got more votes in the Eastern province when she ran for parliamentary elections.

Ms. Siliya further noted that she was first appointed as a Deputy Minister by late President Levy Mwanawasa.

”Political space is filled with issues and not what people think about me,” she said.

She also noted that her job as MMD Spokesperson was not to sell herself but the MMD brand.

And reacting to a question that some chiefs in the province had branded the party as violent following some threats by some MMD cadres to gang rape opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi, Ms Siliya described the statements as unfortunate.

”That statement is unfortunate that is why I have said space should be filled with issues. Every party has a following and when we insult leaders we forget that there are people who support them passionately,” she said.

And commenting on whether the expulsion of Livingstone MMD Constituency Chairman Capt John Mwamulima still stood since he had said that his expulsion did not stand, Ms Siliya said there must be discipline in the party since the MMD had been in existence for a very long time.

She said that there was no political problem within the MMD adding that there was also no insurmountable problem in the party but that discipline must prevail.

Ms. Siliya observed that President Rupiah Banda believed in dialogue and that what the people of Zambia wanted to see from the party was development.

She also said at the moment, government was concerned with the implementation of the government programmes.

She said the President was concerned about implementation because when the election time comes, the MMD would be able to point at the programmes that it had implemented.

”We have a plan and we know where we are going,” she said.

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