Zambian Fourth president Rupiah Banda

Zambia’s Fourth President Rupiah Banda has called on African Governments to fight corruption saying there cannot be any meaningful development in a country that embraces corruption.

Speaking during a media briefing organized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs In Addis Abba, Mr Banda, however, cautioned that the fight against corruption should not be targeted at political opponents.

When asked on why some African leaders fail to hand over power freely when they lose elections, Mr. Banda attributed the failure to fear of prosecution after leaving office.

Mr Banda said that there was a bad trend that was emerging in Africa where former Presidents are threatened with prosecution immediately they leave office.

And the Former President has urged African youths to strive at contributing to Africa’s development.

He said it’s unfortunate that many youths are involved in illicit activities and not contributing to the development of their countries.

On the proposed reforms by the African Union, Mr Banda said it was important that reforms that will be introduced will be accepted by all Member States.

He called for more consultation from Member States on proposed reforms that include among others free movement of people and financing the African Union.

Mr. Banda also said Africans must not lose the spirit of panAfricanism .

He said Africa must guard against outside inference in the running of its affairs.

Mr. Banda warned that lack of patriotism can lead to modern colonialisation.

Mr. Banda is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend a meeting for eminent people who sit on a committee for the Trade and Development Bank.

Meanwhile, Mr Banda has said that Zambia remains one of the few countries in Africa with a shining record of Democracy and peace. Speaking during a media briefing organized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs In Addis Abba, Mr. Banda said Zambia remains a beacon of peace and that this can be attested by the peaceful transition of governments.

He said the country has never experienced political turmoil when there is a change of government. Mr. Banda said all successive governments have embraced democracy and have allowed opposition political parties to exist freely in the country.

He said Zambians are bound by the slogan One Zambia and One Nation, a slogan he said promotes oneness among Zambians.

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  1. In simple Zambian English. The ex presdeint Who commands a lot of respect from all of you and the whole wide world retaliates what we all know is the truth but pretend we know politics more than him – you arm chair critics.

    There is no corruption in Zambia.

    What you read is what the media wants you to believe.

    You haven’t seen receipts nothing.

    Stop targeting people in Government

    You have been warned.

    Thanks

    BB2014,2016

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    • Corruption is everywhere. But BIG corruption is in Government, and that’s a fact! Police and their accepting of brides, Council officers and their selling of land, Medical personnel and their dealings in mosquito nets, drugs etc. So the best is to sort out corruption at grass root level going upwards. And trust me I don’t know how, am just talking like the rest of u. Meanwhile me and my friend Bombi are going to set up a road block somewhere between Chilanga and Shimalaba, weekend yafika!

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    • Shimabala, I beg your pardon. These “smart phone’s” cannot auto correct Shimalaba to Shimabala!

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    • @ My fellow Senior blogger Mushota the word is not “retaliate” but reiterate. Grammar! In Scotland don’t they speak English as well there??? As for Nyama Soya the man will go down in Zambia’s history as the second most corrupt leader after FTJ who brought the likes of Mutati, Dora, Liato etc onto the political stage.

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    • Why should thieves who steal $100-million be scott-free just becoz he’s a politician whilst common thieves who stole $20 are serving 10 years in jail with hard labour?

      As long as they don’t steal whilst in power, this message is very valid & welcome.

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    • @Boston: All the more reason we need to reform ZP and create appropriate institutions that will fight corruption. As RB has cautioned, “…the fight against corruption should not be targeted at political opponents.”
      The current drive against corruption is centered around known elements targeting their political opponents using media propaganda (eg Kambwili). If we had effective institutions with qualified personnel to pick up reports and successfully arrest, prosecute and convict these councillors, medical staff etc then we would be making serious strides unlike the current situation of running to mast and diggers who will publish unconfirmed reports, publishing the same on social media then everything remains speculation and doesn’t even get to court.

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    • How can such a statement come from THE GODFATHER OF CORRUPTION! This is like the MAFIA asking the rest of the world to bear with them while they deal with the people who come in there way when they are performing their vile vices or the armed robbers saying that the police services, Interpol, europol and all such services which come in their way when they are ‘at work’ should be dissolved. NOW WE KNOW WHO WAS BEHIND THE IDEA OF ZAMBIA PULLING OUT OF ICC. RB and MUSHOTA GO AWAY! RB you are not qualified to talk about Corruption, Fuseki!

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    • RB you are exposing yourself as a very big player in all the corrupt practices going on in Zambia right now by opening you mouth. You did well before not to talk about anything. Today’s PF is similar to your MMD that was removed by the Zambians and SATA in 2011. You should be in jail right now but you are back with some de facto power that will not list. Your ring of thieves will be pursued again. SHUT UP, silence might just save you.

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  2. This democracy is just clutching on African countries from development. What we need is a people who can agree to work together for the betterment of our countries. In Zambia whenever the govt want to take a positive route of development, the opposition on the other hand feels they have been beaten and hence start pulling down on the development. Zambia has made some developmental progress but never at anytime gave we heard our so called opposition appreciating it. All we hear from them is they have chased people from the streets as if it’s a bad move.

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    • Why would they be opposition if they voiced in support of the party in power? For every decision there are alternatives. It is the role of the opposition to point out the other options so that people can think for themselves not just the usual cadre mentality or a derivative of a one party state mentality. It is an attempt at having a democratic country something a number of Africans still don’t understand.

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    • …exactly his point. A victom of political persecution. Was never convicted but called corrupt by a cabal of thieves using a vile and corrupt newspaper. Nchito flew to Nigeria to expose the “corrupt” oil deal but came back with nothing!!

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    • Citizen stop lying, it is lungu who saved RB , the Nigerians are on record demanding their oil back

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    • Which record, iwe Spaka chikopo??? The Nigerians confirmed no oil left their shores unless it was bought from those rebels in the Niger Delta. It’s all fabricated lies. Nchito. M’membe and that Nigerian NGO leader who has an arrest warrant should he step foot in Zambia were behind it all because RB resisted their advances. Doesn’t it surprise you that they never pinpoint any corruption on Levy or Sata who they hijacked and controlled????

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    • Rupia has been very unfairly treated in Zambia. This is due to the relentless propaganda carried out by the Post Newspaper which started the campaign long before he was even elected President. This was simply because he refused to cover up their debts which Levy had condoned. Rupia is certainly not an Angel, but he had stayed in marriage for more than 30 years. The Post criticized him for marrying too young a woman, but failed to denounce Sata for the same thing even though Sata had absconded from a catholic marriage to cohabit with a young mistress. But Rupia’s main achievement was the economy. According to the Budget speech deliverd by Chikwanda in 2011 Rupia left a solid economy with tonnes of money which the Michael Sata government carelessly spent until we went begging to the IMF.

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    • @Mukula: Very true. Around 2009, in RB’s first year, it was highlighted that post newspaper had tax debts. They rushed to him to cancel the debt but RB rightly negotiated for ZRA to defer and break down the tax into installment payment. But Fred rushed to court and stopped paying tax. With the promise of Sata coming to power, Fred unleashed vicious propaganda against RB with the hope that Sata will be more user-friendly. But after holding up the taxman, Sata finally removed his protection on Fred. Fred recieved a crushing blow when the Supreme Court ruled in ZRA’s favour and ECL shut the door to state house.

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    • Well spoken Zambian Citizen @3.4. RB never interfered with the economy, but a cabal of thieves rallied the “corruption” chorus against him to put somebody they knew they would control in power. Others thought that by removing RB they would have an easy passage to the Presidency – up to now they are still fighting.

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    • Why do some of you peddle lies, RB had $2.5 million connected to the nigerian oil diverted into his sons account…..

      These PF rats are trying to paint the previous attempts to fight corruption as fruitless and misguided persecutions , their only intentions is to protect lungu.

      When sata was chasing RB for corruption these same rats were in full support….now it is PF and lungu who will be dancing ati persecution…..

      Mwanya…..unless lungu creates a dynasty to rule he is going to jail…

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  3. I feel RB’s advice on corruption cannot be taken seriously by any of the African Presidents hes trying to advise because he himself failed to fight it when he was in Power. Let him talk about accepting election defeat for those in Power and peacefully handing over Power not Corruption fight!

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  4. IS DEMOCRACY AN ESSENTIAL PREREQUISITE TO DEVELOPMENT OR ITS DEVELOPMENT THAT IS CARDINAL FOR DEVELOPMENT……LETS LOOK AT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT HISTORY FOR THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES…

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  5. …”Mr. Banda said Zambia remains a beacon of peace and that this can be attested by the peaceful transition of governments.

    He said the country has never experienced political turmoil when there is a change of government. Mr. Banda said all successive governments have embraced democracy and have allowed opposition political parties to exist freely in the country.

    He said Zambians are bound by the slogan One Zambia and One Nation, a slogan he said promotes oneness among Zambians….”

    MR BANDA IS ON POINT….WE NOW HAVE CHARACTERS LIKE UPND HIRED PILATO RUNNING AWAY FROM HIS OWN SHADOW AND CLAIMING THINGS WHICH ARE NOT HERE AND THERE, CREATING A MOUNTAIN OUT A MOLEHILL

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    • @E B Hibalwa
      Have you ever held and publicly expressed a strong viewpoint against current leadership? If you have, what was the reaction you got from PF? Clearly you’re just a follower type devoid of any originality. Docility.

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  6. Rupiah Banda is taking a swipe at PF who came to power with political witch hunt as their main focus disguised as ” PF allergy to corruption”

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  7. @ MAINA
    I USUALLY AVOID ENGAGING IN A DEBATE WITH CARDERS LIKE YOU WHO FALL SHORT OF LOOKING AT ISSUES BEYOND THEIR PARTY LINES
    . THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT, KAMBWILI IS ONE OF THEM..BUT CK IS NOT HIDING IN CHIBOLYA LIKE PILATO..

    OVER AND ABOVE THAT, ALL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE GUILTY OF ISSUING THREATS TO PEOPLE EXPRESSING DIVERGENT VIEWS. TAYALI WAS BEATEN BY YOU UPND CARDERS IN CHOMA.. AND MANY THREATS HAS BEEN ISSUED TO HIM. TAYALI IS STILL HERE.. EVEN AFTER YOUR PRESIDENT WITH NO SHAME SUED HIM IN LIVINGSTONE COURTS.. HE HAS AVAILED HIMSELF THERE.. PILATO IS JUST A JUDAS WHO IS SELLING THE INTEGRITY OF THIS COUNTRY FOR A FEW NGWEES FROM YOUR BOSS..

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    • Zambian !mkbecile family tree:
      1. Great grand-father and grand-mother = !MBEC!LES
      2. Grand-father and Grand-mother = sufferers of genetically transmitted !mbecility
      3. Father and Mother = sufferers of genetically transmitted !mbecility + brain damage due to syphilis
      4. Wanking Zambian citizen cannot have offspring due to genetic mutation leading to smelly corrupt PF arse l!cking

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    • @Truth: sticks and stones may break my bones, but names and pitiful insults DON’T BOTHER ME; It still won’t change the fact that your compromised and limited intellect is evident in your inability to counter debate with points hence resorting to insults….pathetic excuse of a human being…..

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    • Of course they are not bothering you. As they say, truth hurts! Born as !mbecile, live as chidless syphilis carrying !mbecile, will die as son of many fathers who survived by arse l!cking and worshiping “anointed” prophets of corruption.

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  8. In simple English , if as a president your wealth when you leave office is unexplainable then you must answer ……FJT could not account not his properties

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    • @ Zambian !mbecile

      FTJ was found GUILTY of embezzlement of US$ 47 million by the High Court of England and his advocate who tried to corrupt judge was bared for life. It is CORRUPT, RB, Sata and Endemically Corrupt Leader of Plunderers Federation that have refused to register judgement in the High Court of Zambia.
      !mbecile, get you facts right instead of wank!ng in pubblic

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    • @Just an 1.d.i.o.t: Why would a court in England preside over matters 100% Zambian??? There were no properties belonging to FTJ found in Europe, where was the England’s court’s jurisdiction??? Daft, primitive African 1.d.i.o.t, why should you use a muzungu’s court when we have our own here with learned Judges????

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  9. Arguably among the best presidents of Zambia. Painted black by Mme.mbe all because RB would not have the nonsense of Zambi.an Airways living on state coffers and not paying its taxes. If it was not for Mme.mbe Zambia would be approaching its 2030 vision comfortably.

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  10. This is the guru of corruption who tutored the current president! His words are empty as a clanging cymbal!

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    • RB did not tutor ECL. He is not ECL’s friend. He Just saved him and PF from defeat in 2015 and 2016, something that PF have never been grateful for. And this was after the PF high priests Mmembe and Kabimba had disgraced him for nothing by removing his immunity only to have the immunity restored.

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  11. Look who is talking, he need to be caged together with Changwa as these two fooooooools stole and still stealing. He need to question himself before he open his stink mouth. I have not respect for these two monkeys including ka Chiluba too. Zambia need a major change before this country falls to its knees

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  12. Politicians are targeted in the corruption fight because they are the ones who make final decisions on most of the projects

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  13. UNPD has already formed cabinet and PILATO is their Minister of Justice and recreation.

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  14. never trust RB… not even Lungu. Just trust GOD……………..
    Never support weak men’s ambitions. they have their selfish ambition.Even their daughter are immuned from persecution when they commit crimes

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  15. African politics will always be mired in corruption allegations basically because most of the presidents elected into office have had no record of having been wealthy or rich. Look at the western world, it is very rare if not at all, that the electorates choose to elect a poor fellow to run for presidency, very rare. Western leaders are never perfect but are generally financially stable when they assume office, which we cannot say generally about our African leaders. That is why when our African presidents are in office, power becomes so sweet that any thought of relinquishing power will not hold. they will go as far as amending their respective constitutions to elongate their reign on power. Examples abound- Kabila, Mugabe, Kagame, Museveni, and that is not to mention family dynasties…

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  16. Indeed I agree with some of you that corruption is not only in Government but all over. When in the village death seems not so regular but when at the UTH mortuary you shall realize that death is actually regular. The Government is the largest employer and the target of the corruption fight.

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    • We’re all government….a pharmacist who steals drugs from government hospital is as bad a minister who’s corrupt. It’s these little things that add up to something destructive.

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  17. RB a great states man. I really miss you. People who do not know him hate for no reason. Well done Mr. President

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