Suspended United party for National Development Vice President for Politics Dr Canisius Banda has said that he will respond to the letter of suspension issued by the party President Hakainde Hichilema when he receives it.
Speaking to ZNBC TV2, Dr Banda said that there was no evidence of him belonging to any Party and that he has not met any single PF official and neither has he been offered a job by PF
“I am vice president of UPND, no evidence of belonging to any party,no single PF have met, or offered me a job, or offered me money,there.is paranoia in the party, post election state of insanity, I understand, I will respond to the letter when I receive, I have worked diligently for UPND, I remain an asset to UPND, I deserve respect”. he said.
Yesterday, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema suspended party Vice President Politics Dr Canisius Banda for gross misconduct.
In letter dated 22 September, 2016, Mr Hichilema explained that in addition to other negative activities, Dr Banda had issued several inflammatory, derogatory and defamatory statements against other senior members of the Party.
He said the news articles in the Daily Nation edition of the 17th and19th attributed to him had brought the name of the Party into ridicule and public odium in the minds of right thinking Zambians.
“In addition to other negative activities, it has been brought to my attention that you have been issuing inflammatory, derogatory and defamatory statements against other senior members of the Party. You have to note that the Daily Nation edition of the 17th and 19th carried headline news articles attributed to you which have brought the name of the Party into ridicule and public odium in the mind of right thinking Zambians.
”Please note that I have made several attempts to discuss the same with you but to no avail. In the premises, by virtue of the powers vested in me under Article 74(d) of our Constitution, you are hereby charged with gross misconduct, you have seven days from the date here of which to exculpate yourself pertaining to the charge leveled against you,” reads the letter in part which has been copied to Party Vice President Admin, National Chairperson and the Secretary General.
Over the weekend the UPND vice President posted the following on his facebook page
ON LETTERS [The Curious Case of One Canisius BANDA and Service]:
…Christopher BANDA is one of my younger brothers. He is charismatic and possesses much wisdom.
He is in the picture below.
Today he came home and, with tears in his eyes, he said: ‘…I hear that Hakainde Hichilema has written a letter of suspension to you. But why? Citizens are shocked…’
I furrowed my brow, utterly stunned.
I said: ‘…if at all there is such a letter, my party has NOT given it to me yet.’
“It’s everywhere on social media,’ he said.
I went on: ‘…the letter I am expecting from Hakainde Hichilema is a letter of gratitude. I expect him to say Dr Canisius BANDA, thank you for your loyalty, passion, diligence and selfless service. I expect a letter of commendation, a letter stating just how exemplary I have been as a citizen, a letter acknowledging the many songs I sung in his support, and the priceless value I added to him as an individual and the UPND as a collective at great personal suffering and sacrifice…that is the letter I am expecting, my brother.’
Christopher was quiet for a while, pensive.
Then looking at me, he enigmatically said: ‘…you are a great man, do you know that?’
I didn’t know what he meant by that so I remained silent. Then instinctively, I lifted my face to the Heavens, seeking the face of God.
…what is God saying now? I quietly reflected.
With my mind’s eye I saw Joseph being sold off as a slave by his brothers.
It was then that a tear coursed down my face.
‘Thank you, my Father.’
Without thinking them, those words just escaped my lips.
…nayenso Yesu zimenezi adaziona!
Godspeed, my beloved and dear friends. Blessed are the believers…