Former Zambian High Commissioner to Botswana , Milton Phiri’s family says it is saddened with their guardian’s remarks alleging that President Rupiah Banda is not a Zambian.
The former envoy’s young brother Frackson said Mr. Phiri’s remarks against President Banda embraced the entire family because he was an elderly person of high standing in society as a former envoy.
He said it was strange for his elder brother to attack the Republican President in an immature manner saying he was not supposed to allow himself to be used to fight cheap political battles aimed at discrediting the Head of State.
Mr. Phiri stated that it was shameful that Mr Phiri who once lived with President Banda in Chikomeni village in Lundazi could make such allegations when he knew Mr Banda’s roots.
He said that his family was shocked and stated that it was a way of discrediting President Banda to re-contest the Presidential seat in the forthcoming tripartite elections.
Mr. Phiri advised his brother to apologize to the Head of State and the nation for the false allegations.
The former High Commissioner was recently quotated in one of the tabloids as having accused President Rupiah Banda of making a false declaration during nominations ahead of the 2008 Presidential election.
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