By Mbita Bwali and Danny Mofya
MORE pictures of agriculture minister Dora Siliya’s holiday in the United States with her alleged Congolese lover Mark Ode Mubalama, the husband to Namibia President Hage Geingob’s daughter Nangula, have emerged on social media.
Siliya, who left the country on Christmas day via Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, has been away on holiday.
Several attempts to get Siliya’s comment have to date not yielded any result.
She has not responded to text, WhatsApp and Facebook messenger messages despite getting an indication that they had been read.
Earlier, pictures of Siliya posing for photographs with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson emerged on social media while another picture showed Mubalama, a boxing promoter, whom Siliya was with on departure in Lusaka, also with Tyson at the same venue.
And now, more pictures of Siliya and Mubalama, together, are taking turns on social media.
In one, Siliya is photographed with Tyson and Mubalama, seemingly enjoying the moment, while in another, the agriculture minister poses for a selfie with her alleged lover at a different location.
The couple took another picture, which is clearly showing the intimacy of their relationship.
Siliya has come under pressure following her holiday in the United States at a time when her ministry is facing critical challenges such as late delivery of farming inputs and the invasion of crops by armyworms and stalk borers.
The majority of netizens have called her a joke for failing to take charge of her ministry at a critical time, leaving President Edgar Lungu to take over and direct action in the distribution of inputs and eradication of armyworms.
A Namibian online publication, Windhoek Observer, last week reported that Siliya had been dating Mubalama, whom she accommodates whenever he was in Lusaka for “deals”.
The article also alleged that Mubalama, who recently married Nangula, also took his former fiancé Anita Tjombe, Namibia’s only female boxing promoter, along with Siliya for Christmas holidays in the United States.
But the Windhoek Observer later distanced itself from the article.
“…For the record, we would like to state that the Windhoek Observer or any of its reporters was in no way involved in the production or distribution of this tasteless article whose sole aim is to bring the office of the Namibian president into disrepute. We urge members of the public to treat this shameless ‘article’ with the contempt that it deserves,” stated the publication.