GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ASSURES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya has assured the international community that Zambia remains politically and economically stable.
Ms Siliya says speculations that Zambia was losing its sovereignty to other countries and international financing institutions due to its debt position were misconceived.
Speaking to South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reporter, Sophie Mokwena in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ms. Siliya emphasized that Zambia’s debt was sustainable.
She dispelled speculations that some State owned Enterprise (SoE) have been mortgaged to some countries as collateral for final assistance.
Ms. Siliya said Zambia was a friend to many countries across the world and multilateral institutions, as such, would continue engages its partners to help with development agenda.
She noted that Zambia was looking for partnerships that were beneficial both to its partners and the country at large.
And Ms. Siliya said the Zambian judiciary was a role model of an independent and professional judiciary on the African continent and the SADC region.
Ms. Siliya said the Zambian judiciary has demonstrated its independence by prosecuting cases that involve senior government officials and ministers accused of wrong doing
She noted that Zambia’s judiciary impressive track record was unparalleled among its peers and other countries world over.
Ms. Siliya said this was due to the fact that many people including Presidents have been dragged to court after being suspected of offending the laws.
Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya said government was in the process of enacting laws that are aimed at protecting citizens from cybercrimes as well as enhance national security.
Ms. Siliya said government has already taken three bills to Parliament that include data protection, security and electronic transactions laws to be able adequately protect the people.

She said once enacted, the laws will enable citizens to freely engage in the cyber space.
Ms. Siliya added that lack of adequate cyber laws in many African countries has affected innocent citizens negatively as they have become victims of wrong accusations and cyber bulling.

Ms. Siliya is on a bench marking visit to Multi-Choice south Africa to learn on best television practices especially in the wake of digital broadcasting.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX: +27 (0)12326-2140

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