Outgoing ZANASU Vice President Prince Ndoyi says the suspension of UPND Vice President Canisius Banda for politics is “grandiosely suspicious and sends a wrong signal” to young and upcoming politicians.
Mr Ndoyi said youths are deeply concerned about the signal that the move to suspend Dr Banda will send in the political arena.
He noted that youths have held Dr Banda as hard working, loyal and consistent politician who has earned the respect of many in the political arena.
“We have received the news about the unexpected suspension of Dr. Canisius Banda whose Vice President for Politics in the UPND. We are not very surprised as youths but we are deeply concerned about the signal that this will send in the political arena.
“Let me say the suspension is grandiosely suspicious and sends a wrong signal to the young and would be politicians in the country. Because we see Dr. Canisius Banda as a hard working, loyal and consistent politician who has earned great respect in the political arena,” he said.
He further said it is outrageous that politicians like Dr Banda are less celebrated.
“It is outrageous for such characters in our politics to be least celebrated in our politics and the complete opposite is what is most celebrated. Why do we say so, Zambians are unfortunately seemingly celebrating unethical traits in politicians, we are more celebrated when we are thugs, violent, immoral, corrupt, inconsistent, disloyal etc,” he said.
He said the country’s politics should be transformed so that hard working people can be celebrated and ensure that crooks who continue to jump from one party to another everytime the fortunes of their Party dwindle are not given undue attention and celebrated like Heros.
He also said the country’s politics should move from viewing opponents as enemies who should not be seen talking because the country needs everyone’s participation in its development agenda.
He added that there is need for tolerance of different views among political leaders and that intra-party democracy is the only way individual political parties will help grow the country’s democracy.