RB urges urges political players in Africa to accept elections results

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Former President Rupiah Banda confers with Namibian Vice President Hage Geingob while Dr.Kenneth Kaunda looks on during the Inauguration Ceremony at National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare
Former President Rupiah Banda confers with Namibian Vice President Hage Geingob while Dr.Kenneth Kaunda looks on during the Inauguration Ceremony at National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare

Zambia’s Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda has urged political players in Africa to accept and recognize democratically elected leaders.

Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is attending a meeting for the Trade and Development Bank- TDB-, Mr. Banda says elections are the only sure way of resolving any differences and ideologies that different political players may have.

He says when he lost the Presidential election to late President Michael Sata in 2011; he accepted the results in the interest of national peace and security.

Responding to a question on Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga’s swearing-in and self declaration as the people’s president, Mr. Banda says he was magnanimous enough to accept defeat in 2011 despite being the sitting President at the time.

Mr. Banda, who was part of the Commonwealth Election Observer Mission to Kenya says he is hopeful that the two parties in Kenya will find a lasting solution to the political problem.

This is contained in a statement issued to QFM news by First Secretary-Press and Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia Inutu Mwanza.

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  1. He conceded defeat after he lost the elections by a wide margin.at first rupiah resisted to accept defeated until he was compelled to give up. that he knows very well. In 2016 elections rupiah assisted lungu to rig elections.lungu is ruling against the pipo’ s will.this rupiah and lungu know very well.

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  2. I wish Rupiah Banda could call for AU sanctions and punishment for Odinga for flouting rule of law and encouraging civil strife.Too much bloodshed in Africa due to power struggles we haven’t learned from the dark past.

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  3. Results of a fair election should be accepted. Results of a flawed electrol process should be contested! Democracy only makes sense when the process is transparent, free and fair!

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    • Results accepted you say? At depends on how everyone defines “free and fair” so universal acceptance is an impossibility.

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  4. You see how it feels to cry publicly as old as you are when you’re misled by wrong people whose interest is simply to aquire personal gains.
    The same is highly expected on your young brother who is also being misled by his close fake informers.

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  5. This is the guy behind the scene controlling ECL, at his age his actions and words should marry unfortunately they don’t. NIDALAMA ZANYOKO……This man is a job.

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  6. This is the guy behind the scene controlling ECL, at his age his actions and words should marry unfortunately they don’t. NIDALAMA ZANYOKO……This man is a joke

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