Suspended UPND Vice President for Politics Dr Canisius Banda has castigated Party leader Hakainde Hichilema for circulating his suspension letter before he received it.
And Dr Banda says Mr Hichilema was an ungrateful man who has chosen to punish a man who has been cheering him on.
Dr Banda who has been charged with gross misconduct by President Hichilema, said it was unethical for Mr Hichilema to circulate the letter before giving it to him.
“It’s unethical, how can they do that without giving me first, you know that’s unethical! You first give to the recipient before you circulate it widely,” he said.
And Dr Banda said instead of punishing him the UPND leader should have written a note of gratitude and commendation.
“I was expecting a letter yes but a letter of gratitude and commendation, that Dr Banda with you in our political Party the fortunes of the UPND have improved, that you have been such an exemplary player, you have campaigned passionately for Hichilema and the Party and we are giving you a note of gratitude and we commend your attitude and we would like other citizens to emulate you,” he said.
He added “Yes am disappointed, I mean how can a letter like that be riches to me. I mean I am Vice President for politics in the UPND, if you go to the PF you won’t find records that I am a member there, you go to FDD I am not a member there, if you go to UNIP am not a member there, I am a member of the UPND, am Vice President there and I have executed my duties very well so that letter is not only going to shock you but will shock all the citizens in the country and the origins and the spirit behind it will remain elusive and mysterious.”
Asked on his his relationship with his President Dr Banda said he has performed his duties diligently and that, that is how they relate.
He said he has advised Mr Hichilema on a number of issues including on “wolves like Miles Sampa” but that he has chosen to slap him as opposed to saying thank you for improving the Party’s fortunes.
“I relate with him as President, he has specific duties and functions and I have mine and that is how we relate, when he delegates tasks to me I perform them and I have been with him this way, that way, I have attended meetings with him,I have attended meetings with international organizations with him and I have advised him one on one personally even…I want you to quote me on this even wolves like Miles Sampa I warned Hichilema about Miles one on one because I love the man that’s why I attached myself to him and the UPND because I want to promote him and help him become President and now today you see what he has done, he has slapped the very man who has been cheering him on. That is amazing and I don’t understand it you see am laughing here,” he said.
He also said as a leader Mr Hichilema should have taken time to chat with him before writing a letter of suspension.
“Mr Hichilema could have come home to have a chat with me, I mean he is a leader, we could have discussed this matter,” he said.
He also said the letter by Mr Hichilema vindicates people who have been telling him to leave the party.
“It puts me in very good standing with the citizens because the citizens will be asking but this person is he not the person who sang praises for Hichilema now have you seen what has happened, we told this person that you are stupid! Have you seen the people you are with now. You see, instead of saying thank you they are writing letters like this to you. So people will be shocked as to the origins and contents of the letter,” he said.