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).”



17 Responses to A lot of parties approached me seeking my endorsement – RB

  1. Ubufi.

    Fsek, waba ifi milimo!

    chu chu bee
    January 12, 2015 at 2:45 am

  2. Ba Banda, the least, you should do is, just retire, ku farm, leave the politics kubana batonto,
    You will be insulted like this every onw and than., mwakula, kuliyekulizya ngoma. A Thandiwe, is recovering, stay home.

    John kabengele
    January 12, 2015 at 3:18 am

  3. @kabengele. Leave a Banda alone. He is excercising his rights ! Tamumfwa? Get a life and mind your business. Shaaaa !

    Cool temple
    January 12, 2015 at 4:15 am

  4. What!! God forbid. RB with all his corruption together with his sons James and Henry in particular to play a political hero this time around??? No wonder am no longer in Zambia.

    January 12, 2015 at 5:59 am

  5. I enjoyed this interview, RB is a good states man, may God add more
    years to his life.

    January 12, 2015 at 7:15 am

  6. RB’s endorsement of Edgar Lungu is not much about having his cases in court dropped and pure tribalism per se but rather because of, as his son has alluded to, lack of love for the nation (at least not anymore if previously he did). I say so because the PF has failed to convict him over 3 years they have been in power and therefore I’m sure he is not afraid of being convicted and desperate. I think the real reason RB has endorsed EL is to punish Zambians after rejecting his presidential bid. This embarrassed and angered RB so much that he had to endorse the least capable of all presidential candidates to try and make him president so that he can ruin the nation further and bring more suffering to the people. This is the punishment that RB has planned for the people of Zambia. Can EL be compared to Geoffrey Miyanda? Edith Nawakwi? Hakainde Hichilema? Nevers Mumba? Ludwig Sondashi, Elias Chipimo? Never! The only candidate Edgar Lungu beats is Mulyokela.

    January 12, 2015 at 7:22 am


    January 12, 2015 at 7:38 am

    • @maguys, exactly my fear. UPND is definitely winning whether some PF chaps get epileptic of mad but there will be need for a strong opposition. I can foresee PF disintegrating and not being able to give sufficient checks and balances. That’s my fear.

      January 12, 2015 at 4:16 pm

  8. PF + Boko Haram + ZANU-PF = Violence

    January 12, 2015 at 8:11 am

  9. You shuold not trust rb and el,remember wht happened to western province,the two knows the 14th january mongu killing.this mighty happen again especially to western to doesn’t like people of western.please assist your brothers in the province to vote them out.our tears and pains can’t dry like that,we still have them.RB instead of nacing ze wife but he is busy camp what love can he show the wife whn she has come back,sickness is death is this the man you can trust and EL he can do the same.A man is Chipimo

    January 12, 2015 at 8:42 am


    January 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

  11. Shame!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2015 at 10:33 am

  12. RB is the most cruel political leader Zambia has ever had. He is merciless, selfish and doesn’t appreciate any help. He only uses others to get what he wants. How can he say that he is only supporting edgar and not pf? What does he mean? A shameless old man who is messing with Dola Siliya. There is no doubt that this man stole tax payers money. Sata and Lungu were right to arrest and prosecute him. The sad part of it is that Edgar has equally sold his moral status to the devil by cutting deals with a man he called “corrupt, a thief etc.The consequence of this deal is that many sound minded people have given up to vote for lungu and I too join them in voting for HH

    January 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

  13. Why is RB so desperate?!! what a shame. You should be at your and not quarrelling with your son over who should be President.

    January 12, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  14. Banda decided to support Lungu for the following reasons:
    1- To have his cases in court dropped. This will happen if Lungu becomes President.
    2- He is under pressure from the people who sponsored his campaign in 2011, hence his trip to Nigeria to introduce Lungu and get more money in return for mineral resources. Zambia has been sold.
    3- He is under pressure from the Lapgreen people. They want Zamtel back. Only the election of Lungu can guarantee the return of Zamtel to Lapgreen. Lapgreen paid a lot of money to RB and Dora to get Zamtel, and it would be unthinkable that they would let go of Zamtel just like that without compensation. MY HEART BLEEDS FOR ZAMBIA. We allow criminals to lead us.

    Given the docility of Zambians all these will happen and Lungu will be considered a hero. I FEEL SAD TO BE A ZAMBIAN.

    January 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

  15. I we banda uliye soni. Imwe chokani koni muti taila ntau. Which pipo can follow u? Show me which pipo ?

    Kwati like so
    January 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm

  16. May God give u more years to repent

    Kwati like so
    January 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

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