Former President Rupiah Banda has charged that freezing his retirement benefits because of his political comeback will amount to robbery.
Mr Banda told Journalists in Lusaka that no one has the right to take away his retirement benefits because that is his entitlement.
“I think that it is important for the press and the Zambian people to understand what benefits means. Even you as a Reporter, if you are working for 15 years for the Times of Zambia, Muvi TV or any other media house and you retire, no one can take away your benefits, they are yours,” Mr Banda said.
Mr Banda added that he has worked for the Zambian Government in many portfolios and deserves to be awarded his benefits.
“I served this country as Minister of Foreign Affairs, I also worked as Minister of Mines and Vice President and I deserve my benefit, to take them away will be robbery”
He also dispelled the notion that at 77 years, he is too old to run for President.
“I have been on this road before, here where we are standing, there is Kalingalinga, Munali and Kaunda Square I have been there and the people knew me for 10 years.”
He said, “They are saying he is too old but I have consulted many people and they have advised me to come back and I consider it my duty to support the democratic process. Every Zambia should go out and vote.”
And Mr Banda says his son Andrew is free to belong to any political party of his choice.
Mr. Banda says he has many sons and that some of them are backing his political comeback to active politics.
He says Andrew is a Son he loves very much but that he will not stand in his way when deciding which political party to support in the January 20, 2015 presidential election.
Andrew Banda has expressed disappointment that his father has returned to active politics saying the former head of state cannot win the presidential election.