Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

10 July 2014

Zambia: Group Formed to Bring Back Rupiah Banda

A team of eminent people has been formed to champion the return of Rupiah Banda as Republican President in the event there was a Presidential by-election due to ill health of the current President a source has disclosed in an exclusive interview.

The ten-man team that does not want to be identified for now until such a time say Zambia needs a Unifier because under the Patriotic Front government, Zambia has been polarised on regional and tribal aspects.

Former President Banda himself has not been made aware of this group, the source says, though they intend to present themselves to him at a later date.

The source said the country needs a "Father Figure" who can concentrate on uniting and rebuilding the nation than worrying about running for a new term in 2016.

"The truth of the matter is that with the coming of PF in power, politics has become quite regional and it is not good for the country. PF is mainly a Bemba party and that is why Wynter Kabimba has problems with being accepted within the party. UPND is mainly Tonga and only MMD is represents all tribes and regions but we think Dr. Nevers Mumba can not handle a mammoth task of uniting the country. We will speak to him," the source said.

The source said some people have already known about this plan and that is why Bowman Lusambo the MMD Die Hard Youth Coordinator is issuing statements every week against the idea.

"We have already started the programme.Some people like Bowman Lusambo and Nevers Mumba's Private Secretary Raphael Nakachinda are aware,that is why Lusambo is issuing those statements saying Sata should be the last old President. That boy does not understand the politics of Zambia. He is campaigning for two people Nevers and Mulenga Sata. People should understand the political history of this country," the source said.

The source said it was only Rupiah Banda who can create an enabling environment in 2016 for all those wanting to be Republican Presidents to participate freely and fair.

"The political environment is very hostile and we need someone who can create a good environment for the Nawakwi's, Hakainde Hichilema, Nevers Mumba himself including Elias Chipimo to participate freely and fairly in 2016," the source said.

Efforts to get a comment from the Office of the Former President proved futile as the phones went unanswered.

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