Min­is­ter con­demns in­sults on Siliya

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By AN­NIE ZULU

MIN­IS­TER of Gen­der El­iz­a­beth Phiri has con­demned the be­hav­iour of Uni­ver­sity of Zam­bia (UNZA) stu­dents who in­sulted Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Dora Siliya on Mon­day. Ms Phiri de­scribed the in­ci­dent as un­for­tu­nate and an em­bar­rass­ment to women as Ms Siliya was not only a politi­cian but a mother and woman who de­served re­spect. The min­is­ter ap­pealed to the youth to apol­o­gise to Ms Siliya and the women folk say­ing there was no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to their un­ruly be­hav­iour. She said youths should find bet­ter and mean­ing­ful ways to di­a­logue with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties when they were ag­grieved and avoid en­gag­ing in vi­o­lence that dis­turbed the peace of the na­tion. Ms Phiri said as a Chris­tian na­tion, young peo­ple should avoid be­ing used as tools to per­pet­u­ate vi­o­lence by self­ish in­di­vid­u­als whose mo­tive was to desta­bilise the peace in the na­tion. The min­is­ter stated that emo­tional, phys­i­cal and ver­bal abuse was the main con­tribut­ing fac­tor to many women shy­ing away from the po­lit­i­cal af­fairs of the na­tion. She called on the women move­ments to con­tinue ad­vo­cat­ing for the rights of women and also en­sure that women are pro­tected from all sorts of ex­ploita­tion. Ms Phiri stated that Zam­bia was a party to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional treaties aimed at pro­tect­ing the free­dom of move­ment for any cit­i­zen and Ms Siliya had the right to at­tend any State or so­cial func­tion with­out hin­drance.

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