Siliya did not cancel airport radar contract- witness

Siliya did not cancel airport radar contract- witness

Dora Siliya

Another state witness in the Dora Siliya court case has told the Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda that former Communication Minister Ms. Dora Siliya did not cancel the tender to Supply Airport Radars for the then Lusaka and Livingstone Airports.

Mr. Isaac Mukupa who was head of procurement at the ministry told the court that Siliya did not cancel the tender as accused but suggested to suspend it in order in order to bring credibility to the tender process.

Reading a letter by Ms. Siliya to the then Zambia National Tender Board boss David Kapitolo, Mr Mukupa who is now at the Ministry of Tourism said Ms Siliya had no authority to cancel the tender.

Despite the prosecution trying to pressurise to Mr. Mukupa to say Ms. Siliya cancelled the tender, the prosecution witness said Ms. Dora never at anytime cancelled the tender.

Meanwhile Magistrate Banda has refused to admit as evidence some documents produced by the prosecution saying they were Photocopies.

This is after the state through State Advocate Simachela Zaza applied that some documents produced by Mukupa be admitted as evidence.

But the defence through Lubinda Linyama objected to the application saying the rules of producing Photocopies were very clear and only applied were efforts to get originals failed.

Mr. Linyama said it was clear that the prosecution never made any effort to correct originals.

Mr. Zaza had earlier told court that the originals were with the tribunal. Magistrate Banda ruled that the court was not going to accept the photocopies since the prosecution knew where the originals were.

Trial continues tomorrow Friday November 2,2012.

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