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Awkward: Namibian leader complains to Lungu over Dora’s conductBy Joseph Mwenda on 9 Jan 2017
NAMIBIAN President Hage Geingob has complained to President Edgar Lungu about the story involving agriculture minister Dora Siliya and his daughter’s Ex-husband Mark Ode Mubalama.
According to ministry of Foreign affairs sources, President Geingob called his Zambian counterpart over the weekend and expressed concern that the story was steering his family into disrepute. The source said President Geingob hoped that his Zambian counterpart would understand the negative effect which the social-media-viral story had on both countries. “We understand that President Lungu assured President Geingob that he would have a chat with Siliya and expressed ignorance about her private life. The problem is that the Honourable [minister Harry Kalaba] is worried about this whole matter. He doesn’t know how it will end and if it may affect the diplomatic relations of the two countries. But the two Presidents talked about it pa weekend,” said the source.
Siliya is in the US with the Congolese businessman who recently married into the Namibian First Family, and the two have confirmed that they are enjoying a festive holiday. Mubalama claimed that he was no longer married to the Namibian President’s daughter, adding that they had irreconcilable differences a year after their colourful wedding. He said his heart was now with Siliya and he wanted to marry her.
When contacted, Siliya said Mubalama’s explanation was true and that she shared the same feelings with him. She said she could not say much about it but confirmed that the two were together. “You can also quote what Mark has told you, that is the truth. We are together and that’s all I can say,” Siliya said.
When asked why she was not in the country to face the army worms which may affect the 2017 harvest season, Siliya said she was on annual leave.
About Joseph Mwenda
Joseph Mwenda is a Zambian journalist experienced in political news writing, photography and video editing.
Email: joseph [at] diggers [dot] news
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