Kaela Mulenga writing over at Lusaka Gossip expressed outrage and surprise at the re-appointment of Dora Siliya :
It appears that High Court Musonda is arrogantly over exercising the fact that – in matters of law, the Tribunal is technically subordinate to the criminal or High Court code – if I understand these things correctly. If so, it is that ammunition he perhaps relied on when passing that judgment in favor of Dora Siliya and RB’s government. Conversely, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if RB delay in sacking Siliya was based on the pre-knowledge that they would take advantage of this loophole.When you consider these points – plus many other relevant ones not outlined here, you end up concluding that – the Zambian people have no body else to redress their grievances. What an awful position to be in? No wonder many young Zambians are mad. How can they not be outraged? It is no wonder many of them desire to leave the country. When shall we get another Jesus-like savior?
Ntheye Lungu has a different angle on the whole affair. He affirms the President's right to hire and fire, as well as his belief in a corrupt free Judiciary. However, he argues that the issue really is really about timing and the blame for that lies at the President's inept advisers :
It would seem hypocritical to laud a judicial process only when the outcomes are punitive to the defendant. Surely Judge Musonda's ruling was not beyond the comprehension of Dora Siliya's protagonists. If Dora Siliya was not in breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, surely she now qualifies for consideration and reappointment to Ministerial office? I suspect it would be a dangerous double standard to refuse to recognise her innocence in the matter simply because she once stood accused.Why then would this seemingly logical sequence of events raise the ire of many. One word - timing! The combination of a mis-timed appointment - shortly following the ruling - and the unforgiving court of public opinion where Dora Siliya, it appears, remains guilty, and possibly perceived to be incompetent, means this has been a political faux pas by President Banda!
Dying Hope turns our attention to the Presidential Press Conference and concludes the presentation was misguided. Instead, he offers an alternative vision of what the President should have focused on :
Here is what I expected from you and your group. If you meant improving service delivery in the medical sector:-
- Spend all the money meant for luxury clinics in South Africa in our institutions. No one developed South Africa apart from South Africans. I would call my dad a fool to go and bath in our neighbour's bathroom because he can't fix ours.
- Make sure you setup a policy to make it only as a matter of impossibility to be handled in our country for any minister to go to other countries for treatment. That way, you would ensure all things good and resources are spent on our workers. Kaunda was treated in UTH and if that fails, Maina Soko. Thats a leader - no monkey would fail to respect that.
- Lead the people in looking and believing 'Made in Zambia' is the best. How I wish I could be given a chance to let people know that they shouldn't look elsewhere but home. You have the chance, but you want to be bigger than the Post!