THE Judiciary was abused to prosecute me after the Supreme Court nullified my 2011 election, former Petauke Central member of Parliament Dora Siliya has charged.
And Ms Siliya has accused the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) of targeting politicians and other perceived enemies of the party in government to harass and prosecute them on contrived charges.
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ruling of the High Court determining her right to participate in the Petauke by-elections, she said, should serve as a lesson to politicians not to use courts for political expediency.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Ms Siliya said the fight against corruption was a total ruse used as a tool to persecute perceived political opponents.
Ms Siliya was convinced that “genuine” corrupt people were walking the streets freely while relevant institutions such as ACC and DEC targeted politicians and other perceived enemies of the party in government.
“How is it that those who felt clean a few years ago while pointing fingers at their friends are today themselves at the centre of alleged corruption scandals,” she said.
Ms Siliya observed that corruption cases were not adequately investigated and were being rushed through the courts to embarrass opponents without considering the costs to taxpayers at the expense of development.
“I believe this call for a tribunal to determine how much Government spends on allowances forflawed investigations so that those who truly abuse their authority, in the guise of fighting corruption, can be brought to book,” she said.
Ms Siliya said Petauke Central residents had been denied representation for the past two years because of politicians who were using the courts to advance their political expediency.
She charged that she would contest the Petauke Central seat after consulting Petauke Central residents on which ticket she should stand.
And Ms Siliya has charged that after much reflection, she has decided to stand again in Petauke.
“I know the period remaining is short but I owe it to the people of Petauke who have always made me feel loved. I beat all the men last time, I expect to do so again,” she said.
Ms Siliya said there was no greater honour than serving people who had placed confidence on her by electing her to serve them.