Dora Siliya

The Zambian government has sought to strike a reconciliation tone after US Ambassador Daniel Foote threatened that Washington may review its cooperation with Zambia as the gay rights row deepened.

Earlier on Monday, Mr. Foote in a rare press conference explosively revealed that Zambia and US relations are decaying and are now strained.

But the Zambian government says it still considers the US government as a friend.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya says the long-standing cordial relations between Zambia and the US has always been considered a partnership between friends.

“Any difference of opinion on any matter has always been expected to be admirably resolver including agreeing to disagree,” Ms Siliya said.

Earlier, Ms Siliya has maintained that homosexuality is Illegal in Zambia and that Government stands by the Zambian people who have said no to homosexuality even though the latest Constitution review process.

Ms Siliya said that as President Edgar Lungu told SKY FM in an interview standing firm against the Order of Nature does not make Zambians uncivilised.

According to a tweet, Ms Siliya who is also Information and Broadcasting Minister, said Zambians Love their God and until Zambians change homosexuality is illegal.

Yesterday, President Edgar Lungu said Zambia will not be forced to legalise homosexuality for fear of losing Aid.

President Lungu said that it will be wrong to tie aid to the introduction of homosexuality in Zambia because the country has traditions and values which should be respected, adding that American Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote went too far by insulting the collective wisdom of the Zambian people in the manner he commented on the issue.

Below is the latest Government statement on the issue







  1. But this out burst by PF is wrongly directed, Foote’s statement compared the court’s sentencing of gays to 15 years imprisonment yet day-light criminal who have killed in cold blood walk the streets freely because they are PF cadres. PF is not Zambia. The views spelt by Dora Siliya are PF views not Zambians’ views because Zambian have been intimidated to the core to speak out their views.

  2. Groupthink is the name given to a theory or model that was extensively developed by Irving Janis (1972) to describe faulty decision making that can occur in groups as a result of forces that bring a group together (group cohesion), (collective responsibility or irresponsibility).
    A number of problems are attributed to groupthink, making it a good topic for our series on decision-making errors. Some of the group decision-making problems include:
    Inadequately considering all alternatives in order to maintain unanimity
    Poor examination of decision objectives
    Failure to properly evaluate the risks of the chosen solution alternative
    Information searches that are insufficient or biased
    The desire for group conformity and unanimity essentially overrides the need to decide effectively.
    Due to groupthink, John F Kennedy and his overzealous cabinet approved the invasion of Cuba in 1961in what was called the bay of pigs invasion with dire consequences, thinking back John F Kennedy asked as to how his group could have been so foolish.


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