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A lot of parties approached me seeking my endorsement – RB

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Former President Rupiah Banda.

Former President Rupiah Banda.

Former Republican President Rupiah Banda says he is merely exercising his democratic right by endorsing and campaigning for the ruling Patriotic Front’s presidential candidate, Edgar Lungu.

And president Banda has revealed that he had held meetings with several parties that are contesting the January 20 presidential elections over the possibility of him throwing his weight behind their their respective candidates.

Speaking when he featured on Muvi TV‘s ‘The Assignment’ program hosted by Costa Mwansa, the former diplomat also rubbished claims that he had struck a deal with Lungu to drop his corruption charges if he is elected as president on January 20.

“There is no deal. If I did not respect our courts of law, I would not be appearing before them. So, the same way the courts decided against

He also clarified that his endorsement was for Lungu as an individual and not for the PF as a party, adding that he was still a committed member of the former ruling party, the MMD.

Banda also told off those criticising his decision to throw his weight behind Lungu, telling them: “I have chosen my Presidential candidate, Choose yours.”

He stated that of all the candidates that had approached him seeking his support, Lungu was the one who understood his position the most, hence his decision to back his candidature. He added that Lungu was the only candidate who respected and guaranteed the MMD’s right to exist as a political force in the country.

On allegations that his decision to return to politics was for selfish reasons, Banda said: “I did not decide to come back into active politics on my own but I was approached, pleaded with by my colleagues in my party, they really felt that I was needed in the party but that is history now, the courts ruled and am not standing anymore,”

On the on-going war of words with son Andrew, he said:”Whatever decision Andrew has taken in his political life is his. I was in politics the time he was in his nappies. Nimwana wangu ula (he is my child) even if he calls me mad akawele ikayo munyokola njala (he will come back home when hunger strikes him).”

 

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