Former president Rupiah Banda at Edgar Lungu's innauguration
Former president Rupiah Banda at Edgar Lungu’s innauguration

His Excellency Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda, the Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, has been appointed co-leader of an election observation mission to the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the country’s 68.8 million voters choose their leaders in the general elections set for next week.

President Banda has been invited to the February 14th Nigerian elections by the United States-based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) whose chairperson is former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

In his invitation letter, NDI senior associate and regional director for Central and West Africa Dr Christopher Fomunyoh said President Banda’s experience will greatly benefit the NDI delegation as Africa’s most populous nation faces the most competitive election since the transition from military to civilian rule in 1999.

The former head of State will co-lead the NDI delegation with former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, former Niger Prime Minister Mahamadu Danda, former Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and former governor of Colorado Bill Ritter.

President Banda has previously led election observation missions to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Sierra Leone under the Carter Center and to the Royal Kingdom of Lesotho under the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa.

He will be accompanied to Nigeria by his assistants Mikatazo Wakumelo and Kennedy Limwanya.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. ZWD have no stories now – its evident that they had someone in state house who is no longer there or dead scared to loose his job

    usually by now zwd would have told us the cabinet – basila sure

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    • RB is going to pay back what belongs to Caesar and helping them with the rigging formula.
      They don’t call him “Kamwendo Munjila” for nothing! One leg in MMD & other in PF, whilst both the legs of RB are in retirement.
      After destroying Zambia & MMD, now he’s on the verge of denaturing Nigeria.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • We used to say such stories will choke the Post Newspaper and the PF; Sata especially. With Sata gone buried, we have replaced him with the ZWD.
      For these two entities anything to bring praise on RB is deemed corrupt but they choke when it is respected international agencies that deploy RB on assignments. It begs the question, why is it only those with different political interests that “see” this corruption in RB and not everybody else?
      It is evil to smear a man with unfounded allegations if you cant advance any compelling evidence.
      Well done RB and your international recognition keeps growing and glowing.

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    • Surely, there are more deserving ex-presidents. Not this chancer! True, African politics and institutions are a frustrating mix.

      How on earth does such a divisive person with so much hanging over his shoulders and especially coming from a controversial court case as election saboteur get rewarded?

      MMD must quickly put a dismissal chip on him so the world can know that the selfish narcissist was sacked by his own party. May be we’ll be saved from this image.

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    • @ zed ,

      i think that person is CHELLAH, Sata’s Press AID. how come since left state house Zambian Watch dogs have run short of gossip?? have always known that Chellah was back stabbing sata. to be honest have never trusted chellah. L.UNGU should also be carefull with this AMOS cHANDA , if i were lungu i would do away ith people that are connected to the conniving sons of the evil CARTEL.

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    • Your Excellency Sir. We are forever proud of you. Zambia’s seasoned top Diplomat, from the USA mission to UN President of Namibia then No. 4 in the line of the Zambia Heads of State.

      Keep serving humanity.

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    • NO ONE WILL DIE WITH THIS BABOON ,HES JUST A FOOL THIS MAN .HES YOUR PRESIDENT OF PF HE TOOK OVER AS YOUR PF PRESIDENT CONTINUE CELEBRATING THAT EDGAR THIS EDGAR THAT WHEN ITS HIM RULING .BYE BYE

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    • Rigging man old man !! It will not work there ‘ it’s Nigeria master con men and women . RB you Malawian and Zimbabwe Man . Herny your son is a thief just like the father .2016 Zambia is separating , barlostland agreement is not valid anymore . We are tired with the some bandits @@@@@@@@ 2016 know more Zambia

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  2. We entirely support this working holiday your Excellency. Clean up the mess both in Government hospitals, Government Agents and institutions that will make your Government deliver serious development now and beyond 2016 to the expectations of your people. Zambia is not just Lusaka and am sure you are more than informed that a lot of people did not support your effort when it mattered most and these should not pretend to be good to you toady simply because you are now in State House.

    There are many young men and women who were with you through hard times whilst most big bwanas in higher offices had their legs in two camps and supporting your enemies.

    This is time to reflect and put your devoted and loyal team to work.

    God bless you your Excellency.

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  3. IT DOESNT MATTER WHO RULES US.AS LONG AS HE RULES US WELL. SO MY DEAR YOU WILL TALK AND TALK AND EVEN CRY. IFWE NI POBO AFTER POBO, POBOPOBO POBO POBO POBO AFTER POBO, POBOPOBO POBO POBO POBO AFTER POBO, POBOPOBO POBO POBO POBO AFTER POBO, POBOPOBO POBO POBO . PBO NAFUTI NAFUTI. WHILE YOU COUNTINUE BABBLING WITH A FOLKED TONGUE. RB THIS, RB THAT ETC.

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  4. congratulations Mr. Banda , am glad to know you are making headways in your political career, the confidence of the U.S in you to lead in observing the elections must shame your critics who think that yo survival is dependant on engaging in Zambian politics. Shame to haters and critics

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  5. Go go RB – father of the nation!! We are proud of you, representing Zambia all over Africa and the world at large

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  6. The cartel should be purging after hearing this.

    Mushota should be having a headache too.

    RB, just smile at those who hate you.

    I am sure summer Kambewa wishes he had your passport.

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  7. I would have continued supporting RB but what he did to Dr Mumba and later sided with EL has made me withdraw the tittle of father of the nation.Thank you.

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  8. NEVERS MUMBA should just swallow his pride and apologise to RB if he wants to survive in political circles it will not help him sending Bowman LUSAMBO insulting the old man, it was only the other day when NEVERS MUMBA went to meet EDGAR LUNGU at state house just to gossip about RB, now is he not ashamed today RB is being recognised by American. SHAME to the so called man of GOD who hate until death. RB is a man of moment in Zambian politics and is the only person who would have managed to kick out PF in just ended election if it was not NEVERS MUMBA’S greedy WHO was bought by the cartel to block RB.

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  9. I am not happy with the selection of Rupiah Banda.

    The old man has no principles. Instead of being a father to all Zambians, the old man is a father to a fellow Rat Eating Tribe.

    Rupiah Banda is the Chief Champion of Tribalism in Zambia and ka Edgar is now following suit.

    To Hell with Rupiah Banda and Edgar Kachasu Lungu.

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  10. US ZAMBIANS RESIDENT IN NIGERIA LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMING BWANA FORMER PRESIDENT- TAKE THE GLORY ZAMBIANS CANT YOU SEE THAT ZAMBIA HAS SET AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE DEMOCRACY- SIX FREE FAIR AND CREDIBLE ELECTIONS. GOD WE THANK YOU

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  11. There are a lot of former president in Africa and the world at large but RB has been chosen .It is a great honour not only to RB and his family but to Zambia as well. Let all rally and support him in this exercise which is very critical role which will have an impact on the Nigerian people. Congrats RB keep it up

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  12. thats just one thing i like about BWEZANI , ever smiling. Bitterness is not his theme in his life, no wonder he still looks fresh and young even in his 70’s . i just love his attitude .

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    • But he once cried when he lost the election in 2011. Where those croc. tears? Anyway laughter is the best medicine especially if most decisions you make prove to be the right ones. Andrew go back to daddy and tell him that ‘he was right’ and ‘you were wrong’. There is a lesson here; Always listen to the parents even if they are acting like a jerk!

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  13. This morning, 05 February 2015, the council at one of Zambia’s biggest markets, Chisokone in kitwe called for a meeting with the marketeers. The meeting was meant to inform traders and other people operating in the market that an organization calling it’s self NATMAZ(being run by PF cadres) would start running all council related activities including the collection of market fees(daily) and electricity bills. The organization affirmed that it was given the directives by PF officials including the President. This comes barely Four years when another organization (ZANAMA) led by MMD cadres was dislodged after the party’s dismissal from government in 2011. ZANAMA is infamously known for stealing people’s money and giving people’s shops to other MMD cadres that to this day it’s former presiden

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  14. What a shame Mr Banda is not a leader and Nigerians are all but a confused people,How can you have an election when over 5 million people are not able to vote because of a civil way Boko Haram?It beats me,Africa nevers ceases to be what the West call it A dark Continent.

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  15. This man is a very divisive individual and the worst part of it is he that doesn’t care at all!
    When KK temporarily resigned presidency at midnight in the seventies because of tribalism, this man was the main architect of this problem, along with Ruben Kamang a and Grey Zulu.
    These men ganged up against the northern province and publicly declared the infamous ‘kumawa’ philosophy when they perceived that the north had benefited more cabinet positions than them.
    It took lozis and Tongas In the Wina brothers and Mainza Chona with Mudenda to convince KK to change his mind.
    The Army almost took over and civil war was on the horizon. RB is evil and proud about it.

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  16. Former Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has also been appointed to Lead Commonwealth Delegation

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