Friday, 1 May 2009


By Gershom Ndhlovu

Recently I have received anonymous documents in my e-mail box but the latest one entitled the Dora Siliya Affair: The Parallel Government beats them all. What can be deduced from these documents is that whoever writes them is either well connected to government or was once in government and still has access to information.

One of the earlier documents tore apart Chief Justice Ernest Sakala particularly his attempt to have some magistrates hearing plunder cases, promoted to High Court judges and how the Law Association of Zambia blocked him because most of them did not meet the criteria for appointment and also how someone keeps a “little” secret about his private life.

Says the latest anonymous circular: “Dora Siliya has fallen. One strong pillar that stood against an empire is felled, succumbing to the chain saw of the evil empire. Another strong pillar in George Kunda is being chipped away.

“Justice Dennis Chirwa sealed Dora’s fate when his Tribunal made recommendations that clearly appear to be outside the provisions of the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct. Dora faced specific charges and the tribunal findings were expected to restrict itself [sic] to the charges. She was cleared of all charges relating to the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct.

“Yet, she was found liable of breaching Article 54 (3) of the Republican Constitution! Although this opinion rendered appeared mundane and was not a subject or scope of the tribunal, it proved to be the most damaging.

“Further, their inclusion of the Republican President, Rupiah Banda, who was not part of the proceedings, roping him with threatening words, was strange.

“The report included a mischievous fact stating that: ‘’If a sitting President breaches the Constitution, he is liable to impeachment under Article 37’’!

“Was the President the matter of this tribunal?”

The document goes on to say Dora must be remembering a threatening call she received just before elections last October from a named journalist in which she was allegedly threatened that her life would be turned upside down and warned her that her life including her ‘social life’ would be a focus of public glare!

The document states: “Dora dared the heart of an Evil Empire. And now she has paid a high price. And with Dora caving in, the Empire is encouraged that their worst nightmare in George Kunda could also be pressured to resign so that Rupiah Banda remains bare, and bare enough to manipulate or hound out!”

The document concludes: “The empire that has risen against Rupiah Banda is tenacious and relentless one. It will continue to derail his development agenda to the detriment of the country.

“Banda should deal with their crimes decisively since this is the only reason they have mounted a war against him and his government. This clique is so desperate that it is only preoccupied with activities such as an impeachment motion against him. Their activities that [sic] are designed to portray him as a failure, as corrupt and as a political liability to Zambia when not.

“They are so afraid of exposure and they fear that the law is slowly catching up with them and against their activities that they have employed an old age methods from Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

“Sun Tzu is traditionally believed to have penned in 480 BC, the Chinese classic book used by officers in the Military called The Art of War. The book defines various military strategies that are now used constantly by modern politicians and activists.

“Politicians, business managers and other activists now use the Art of War to manage political conflicts and deploy warfare tactics and strategies in order to subdue an ‘enemy’’ in business, public administration.”

The document rumbles on and on. My argument however is that if the authorities know or knew or about the scheming that went on involving the so-called Evil Empire, they could have moved in much, much earlier. But the problem is that not a lot of people in government itself have clean hands and let matters get to the current state of affairs.

Today in Zambia people go into government, or have dealings with it, not for the service of the majority of the citizens, but rather for what they can get out of it for themselves and their families.

What people such as the authors of these documents and their principals should be doing is to examine forests in their own eyes before they point at logs in other people’s eyes. Look at how many people have lost their livelihoods since 1991 at the advent of privatisation, all because of the selfishness of the leaders Zambians have entrusted with their affairs in the last couple of decades.

Zambians must wake up from their slumber and realise that they have the power to put in clean governments rather than being used as pawns in dangerous political and economic chess games that only benefit a few.


As President Banda himself noted on swearing in new Zambia Police Service commissioner Graphael Musamba, the man has always been a sensible policeman.

I remember him as Emmasdale Police station officer-in-charge in the 1990s when I would go there as a reporter on the Sunday Mail in the company of then police service spokesman Peter Chingaipe and he would give us stories that most often turned out to be lead stories.

Musamba, with his colleagues such as Phineas Hindamu, was always cool headed I am not surprised he has risen to the higher echelons of the police service. Hopefully he will probably breathe some fresh air in the police which has slowly been drifting back to a force in the last few years.

If Musamba could treat President Banda humanely when he was detained as a political prisoner then (he had no idea that the man he was dealing with would be president one day), it is just logical that the police service treats all politicians and political functions equally and reasonably rather than with cadre tendencies that some senior policemen exhibit.

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