Former President Rupiah Banda says he has left the debate on whether he should come back into active politics to the people.
Mr Banda told Journalists at his office last evening that it is up to the people of Zambia to decide for him whether to come back to politics or not.
Mr Banda said this shortly after meeting a delegation from the Inter Parliamentary Union that paid a courtesy call on him.
He said he is also following the calls from some sections of society that he returns to active politics with keen interest.
“I’m also hearing the calls but it is you the people that make people bounce back. It is not me to decide. If you were in my position you just sit and listen,” Mr Banda explained.
Mr Banda who refused to discuss the matter further said he is now careful about what he says regarding the issue of returning to politics.
“This is why you have found me with my lawyer (Sakwiba Sikota) so that he can guide me through this mine field. I don’t mean to be uncooperative but I also need to be careful with what I say,” Mr Banda said.
Calls for Mr Banda who ruled Zambia between 2008 and 2011 have heightened with some quarters urging him to bounce back to steer the country in a transitional period in an event of a by election.