Photo (left to right) Mr. George Bepete, doctoral student at the University of the Witwatersrand, His Excellency Rupiah Banda, former President of the Republic of Zambia, Ms. Manoko Maubane, doctoral student at the University of the Witwatersrand, Ambassador Charles R. Stith, director of Boston University’s African Presidential Center

Former President Rupiah Banda has concludes residency at Boston University. During his residency, President Banda delivered a series of lectures in the United States, and also in Ghana, Tanzania, and South Africa, sharing his perspective and experiences as the Fourth President of Zambia with students, faculty, and public- and private-sector leaders.

In the final lecture of his residency in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, President Banda offered wise advice to democratic governments on the continent, saying:

“What people want are solutions, services, and accountability. They have no use for ideology, no attraction to the anger and attacks, and no patience for incompetence. The message I am hearing from so many young people, not only in Africa, but around the world and particularly in places I have been to under the African Presidential Center lecture series, this year, is that they are ready to work together, united, to pursue pragmatic solutions to social problems, and the problems they face—namely unemployment. And this is precisely the difference between governance and government: the embracing of democracy as a tool to facilitate cooperation rather than only perpetuate competition.”

President Banda also participated in the 2012 African Presidential Roundtable, an annual forum hosted by the African Presidential Center, which brings together former heads of state and government, public and private sector leaders, and students and faculty from APC’s American-African Universities Collaborative. In 2012, President Banda was joined by his colleagues, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, President Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania, President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, President Amani Abeid Karume of Zanzibar, President Nicéphore Soglo of Benin, and President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.

President Banda served as the Eighth President-in-Residence at Boston University’s African Presidential Center, and his residency ran from March-November, 2012. As part of his residency, President Banda also visited schools and universities that are part of the African Presidential Center’s American-African Universities Collaborative, including Morehouse College, Elizabeth City State University, the University of Dar es Salaam, and the University of Ghana, Legon.

As President-in-Residence, President Banda follows such notables as former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, President Q. Ketumile Masire, former president of Botswana, President Antonio Monteiro, former president of Cape Verde, and Mo Ibrahim prize-winner President Festus Gontebanye Mogae, former president of Botswana.

The African President-in-Residence program is an initiative of the African Presidential Center at Boston University and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The African Presidential Center has taken an unprecedented approach to studying democratization and free-market reform in Africa.

Through this residency program for former democratically elected African leaders, the African Presidential Center provides a forum for sharing the insights and expertise of past and present heads of state and government.

The African Presidential Center’s other initiatives include its internationally renowned African Leaders State of Africa Report, as well as its annual policy forum, the African Presidential Roundtable.

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29 COMMENTS

  1. geez im actually proud of this man..kudoz!its good to share ur positive experiences rather than participating in the crazy nonsense back home

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  2. Thats my type of president- a level headed,well regarded fellow with university matter between his ears unlike some volatile and ill educated village elder we know.

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    • That lady is lucky RB is in his twilight years…with that sweet bust, she would have been “Mrs” RB by now!

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  3. That’s presidential material who can lecture at universities, teaching doctorate students not these ….with no presidential qualities just holiganism and deporting people in the mind.

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  4. Wonder where Sata will go after we kick him out of state house come 2016 with his forged degree of political science!

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  5. “Well spoken Sir, but why is that you never put in practice what you are propounding so that people retain you in, power?”

    “Second question your Excellency, why do you think the people of Zambia rejected you?”

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    • People just bought the lies and deception PF told them.The 90days mantra helped HE get to State House.What has happened since then is in the public domain….and still counting….

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  6. “One former Minister in your government was concvicted of being in possesion of money believed to be proceeds of crime. While your children and Ministers businesses allegedly flourished, civil servants, could even be paid settlng and other allowances, no uniforms for police/prison officers, inmates, pathetic situation at hosipitals, how to you reconcile this your excellency?”

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  7. @ 9 Taliban you say that beacuse you were not in Zed the time “alabi” was in power. Just ask yourself why was he emphatically rejected by the masses despite embarking on one of the most expensive campaigns in Zambia? Its simple he failed us. While his Ministers and children were seen amassing wealth, civil servants funding dwindled, no allowances, no uniforms for uniformed personel. Remember he ordered the arresting of a female reporter who highlighted the pathetic conditions at UTH. I dont really know what you miss about him, but well that is your opinion. GOD BLESS ZAMBA and our leaders.

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    • RB was rejected because zambains were duped by the past news paper and PF LIES.

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  8. @14. RB was not EMPHATICALLY rejected by the MAJORITY. Sata is a MINORITY president. There are more people (58%) who didn’t vote for Sata than those that voted for him (42%). A MAJORITY president is one who gets 50% + 1 votes of the electorate.

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  9. What was RB cheating Boston University Sure? Who ever is charge of the program RB is very lazy and did not do his research. There many worthy African leaders who could have made us proud. RB, Dora and Banda sons needs to bring back just half what they stole then Zambians will forgive them.

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  10. Majelasi yabantu ba pa Zambia. They are failing to fight a lot of wrongs that is happening but are busy accusing RB without proof. Right now the Constitution mandates you, the accusers, to go and report the crimes committed by RB and you shall be called as witnesses when the subordinate court prosecutor nchito is establishing a case against RB. We shall be very thankful to you for providing the proof. We are tired your baseless accusations. If you cant prove it KEEP QUIET. I miss RB very much.

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    • Well said.You can say that again to these hateful bashers.RB remains innocent until proved otherwise.

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