ANYONE defending Dora Siliya's insulting gesture must be morally bankrupt, says Southern Province PF women chairperson Anny Nyirenda Tischer.
But MMD Die Hard youth coordinator Bowman Lusambo has insisted that there was nothing wrong with Siliya raising her middle finger in Parliament.
Siliya, who recently raised her middle finger in Parliament in protest against a motion to lift former president Rupiah Banda's immunity, has been widely criticised for her actions.
But Siliya defended her conduct through a PR agency that she was provoked by Bwacha PF member of parliament Sidney Mushanga.
In an interview, Nyirenda said Siliya's gesture was an insult to the cultured women of Zambia.
"The finger gesture exhibited by Dora Siliya was not only an affront to the honourable House but to all of us especially women of Zambia. The worst part is to hear that somebody saw nothing wrong in the act and supports her for the insult which was demeaning us women," she said.
Nyirenda said Siliya's action deserves the worst punishment for the House to retain its honourable status, which it deserves.
She said the gesture was extremely embarrassing to the Zambian women as this was not their way of life.
"We are brought up in such a manner that abhors insults. We teach our children never to pass insults or swear words at anybody, be it young or older. We are taught in different cultural norms being a diverse country but one thing for sure which stands out is that we are all as women taught to be respectful to all people," said Nyirenda. "We now know that she (Siliya) is not a well cultured leader from inception because for her to be withdrawn from diplomatic service in Egypt meant that she was undiplomatic and now she has shown the Speaker that she can be un-parliamentarian."
MMD vice-president for politics Michael Kaingu has also come to Siliya's defence, saying he saw nothing wrong with the Petauke member of parliament raising her middle finger because that was not part of the Zambian culture.
And Lusambo also said the gesture was not against any African tradition or norm.
He said people should not expend their energies on trivial things but those which would bring food on their table.
"The meaning of symbols differs from country to country and in this case the gesture by Hon Dora Siliya didn't insult anyone," said Lusambo.
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