Minister can’t overrule PS, witness testifies in Dora’s case

A WITNESS in a case where former transport minister Dora Siliya is charged with two counts of abuse of authority of office has testified that a minister cannot overrule a permanent secretary on implementation of policy.

In this case, Siliya, the Petauke Central member of parliament is in count one alleged to have directed the cancellation of a duly awarded tender for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of the Zambia air traffic management surveillance radar system to Thales Air System SA.

In count two, Siliya is alleged to have accepted a free offer from Selex Sistemi Integrati S.P.A for the repair of a radar head at the then Lusaka International Airport without following procedure.