by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 23 Aug 2017by Joseph Mwenda on 23 Aug 2017by Joseph Mwenda on 23 Aug 2017by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 23 Aug 2017
- Goal Diggers
by Joseph Mwenda on 23 Aug 2017by Diggers Reporter on 23 Aug 2017by Joseph Mwenda on 22 Aug 2017by Diggers Reporter on 21 Aug 2017
by Mirriam Chabala on 23 Aug 2017by Diggers Reporter on 23 Aug 2017by Mirriam Chabala on 23 Aug 2017by Mukosha Funga on 23 Aug 2017
by Mukosha Funga on 23 Aug 2017by Mukosha Funga on 22 Aug 2017by Diggers Reporter on 22 Aug 2017by Diggers Reporter on 22 Aug 2017
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Editor on 23 Aug 2017by Diggers Editor on 19 Aug 2017by Diggers Editor on 18 Aug 2017by Diggers Editor on 16 Aug 2017
by Joseph Mwenda on 22 Aug 2017by Thomas Mulenga on 20 Aug 2017by Joseph Mwenda on 18 Aug 2017by Mukosha Funga on 3 Aug 2017
- Guest Diggers
by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 4 Aug 2017by Dr. Vernon J Mwaanga on 25 Jul 2017by David Julian Wightman on 8 Jul 2017by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 6 Jul 2017
HH must first accept defeat before dialogue – RBBy Tenson Mkhala on 18 Jun 2017
In this audio, fourth Republican president Rupiah Banda says the tense political situation in Zambia arises from the fact that opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has refused to concede defect after the 2016 general elections.
And Banda says he wouldn’t agree with people who are saying that the country is sliding into a dictatorship.
Speaking to journalist shortly after laying a wreath at late former president Frederick Chiluba grave at Embassy Park in Lusaka today, Banda said the problems which the country was facing were not enough to brand Zambia a dictatorship.
“I would not say that the country is sliding into a dictatorship. We have had this kind of problems all along. That’s why we are talking about Mr Chiluba. When we had a one-party state, many Zambians felt chocked by being forced to belong to one party and they spoke. So this country must learn from people like this and perhaps we will avoid some of the mistakes that we make. We are human beings we make mistakes. But we have those who came before us, like in my case, those who ruled before me, they have given us very good examples,” Banda said.
“That Mr Chiluba what he did for the people of Zambia is very important, from the time he was a trade unionist as a young man he felt for the downtrodden, the poor. That’s why he gave us houses for K50. But to say that we are sliding into a dictatorship, it will be our fault as Zambians.”
He said Hichilema must accept defeat like he did in 2011 when he was removed from power by Michael Sata’s PF.
“Kaunda was defeated, I was one of the four people that went to see him at night. Myself, his son Panji, a friend of mine Mumba and I can’t remember the fourth one. We went to say ‘look, people have spoken what do we do?’ And Dr Kaunda said ‘don’t worry my young men. I have decided that I am going to concede to the decision of the people tonight’. I have said this that Dr Kaunda has always been a role model to me on that point that when he was defeated he accepted,” Banda said.
“Unfortunately, we are facing the problems we are facing today, and I am not hearing anyone talking about it; namely that when we have had an election and it has been declared, we are supposed to accept. Thereafter, we can raise the issues that we want to raise in order to make peace in the country. Dr Kaunda did, I did it and I hope that the others will also learn to do that.”
Take a listen:
He said if Hichilema does not accept defeat to President Lungu, he should also not expect the current administration to accept defeat if he wins the next election.
“The first thing they should do is to accept the results otherwise we are not going to accept. Let us assume that there is another elections in the next five years and the current government loses and he wins our Brother who is in prison, we will expect that people should accept. If he doesn’t accept now, why would he accept that people should accept if he wins? So this is the issue that is creating the problem that we are facing right now,” said Banda.
About Tenson Mkhala
Tenson Mkhala is our resident photo journalist.
Email: tenson [at] diggers [dot] news
- I told police to add me to the treason case, claims GBM - 17 Aug 2017
- I’m sad that HH is still in prison – Mwaliteta - 8 Aug 2017
- Mwaliteta did not deserve to be in prison – Lawyer - 8 Aug 2017
- Court finds Mwaliteta with no case to answer - 8 Aug 2017
- Resolve Lungu, HH differences before things blow up – Bishop Mfula - 28 Jul 2017
- Lungu would have pardoned HH if court convicted him, says Kampamba Mulenga
- Tujilijili drinking competition leaves winner dead
- Mopani announces planned retrenchment of 4,700 workers: We are left with no option
- Shaka Ssali in to discuss democracy in Zambia
- PF losing numbers since 2011, while UPND is gaining - Max
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend