10 Questions for former president Rupiah Banda

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By Patrick Sikana

Are you as fed up as I am with what passes for a “presidential candidate” in Zambia? With the utter falsehoods and lazy generalizations? With the fact-free premises and contorted conclusions? When

File: President Banda answering to questions

File: President Banda answering to questions

I think of Rupiah Banda coming out of retirement, my stomach turns. It’s like watching what started as a dry joke morph into a terrible curse. If I had a chance to meet RB, here is my list of ten simple questions I would ask him:

1. How old are you?
2. How long have you been in politics?
3. What are most of your contemporaries doing?
4. Have you ever heard the saying that “imiti ikula empanga”?
5. I understand your wife is not well (quick recovery to her). In the face of such a family exigency you are launching a political come-back. What happened to the principle of “family first”?
6. Do you care a tiny bit about something called reputation?
7. Is your bid at the presidency really worth the cost to you, your party and the nation?
8. Do you genuinely believe you have a chance at the presidency in this election?
9. From your 3-year stint as President what unfinished business do you want to come back and finish?
10. Given the way you hounded Nevers Mumba from the helm of MMD, is there anything you won’t do just to become president again?

Zambians, “Remember, it’s not only the questions you ask, but the questions you fail to ask, that shape your destiny.” – Tony Robbins

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8 Responses to 10 Questions for former president Rupiah Banda

  1. RB, the man who specialises in taking over from the dead

    John
    November 20, 2014 at 7:48 am
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  2. My only suspicion is that he has been paid (again by the evil cartel) to stop MMD from supporting UPND to victory. RB knows very well that he cant win the by-election again (he is not dull). Inheriting the presidency from two dead presidents is just like winning multi million dollar lottery twice- extremely rare.

    Nox
    November 20, 2014 at 9:22 am
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  3. The current position right now as per NAREP President Chipimo Jnr is that we need a stabilizing figure Head who will propel this country to the gig one in 2016.RB has nothing to lose even if he loses the bye-election.The loser will be the one who will win in the 2015 Presidential bye-election and stay in power for only 20 moths and fail to win the big one in 2016.He/She will not be eligible for Past President retirement benefits as the period this person will have been in office is less than three years.So what is the sweat for??

    Jaob
    November 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm
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  4. The current position right now as per NAREP President Chipimo Jnr is that we need a stabilizing figure Head who will propel this country to the big one in 2016.RB has nothing to lose even if he loses the bye-election.The loser will be the one who will win in the 2015 Presidential bye-election and stay in power for only 20 months and fail to win the big one in 2016.He/She will not be eligible for Past President retirement benefits as the period this person will have been in office is less than three years.So what is the sweat for??

    Jaob
    November 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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  5. Answers:
    1. 78
    2. Cant remember since I was 18 I think
    3. They are dead
    4. No I dont know Bemba
    5. Well family has to get rich first then you look after your wife
    6. No I dont know what that is
    7. Why not?
    8. With the PF and MMD in dissarray I have a chance
    9. I need to finish off the Nigerian oil deal and other deals
    10. No. what do you mean?

    Ba Ntamba Lukuta
    November 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm
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  6. RB remember bembas’ proverb which says: AKABWELELO KALALYA. Ask your mbuyas to tell you the meaning.

    chikobe
    November 21, 2014 at 8:59 am
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  7. RB wants to be presidento again because he wants to be burried at EMBASSY PARK…

    Bandas
    November 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm
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  8. I WAS FOOLED WHEN SOMEBODY TOLD ME WISDOM COMES WITH AGE.

    IF THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS TRUE,THEN WISDOM HAS NOT ARRIVED FOR RB.

    afcon phiri
    November 24, 2014 at 10:55 am
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