UPND’s candidate Dr Faustin Banda now faces arrest

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UPND Chairman for Elections Garry Nkombo at Lusaka Central Police
UPND Chairman for Elections Garry Nkombo at Lusaka Central Police

The UPND has officially reported UNZA lecturer Dr Faustin Banda to the police for obtaining money and election materials by false pretence.

UPND Chairman for Elections Garry Nkombo told journalists after lodging a complaint at Lusaka Central Police that the UPND suspect Dr. Banda connived with some people to remove the party from the ballot box.

According to Mr Nkombo who is also Mazabuka Central MP, Dr. Banda who was due to be the party’s candidate in the Kasenengwa parliamentary election before mysteriously disappearing should account for his behaviour which defranchised the party.

“As the UPND, we have officially reported Dr Faustin Sitima Banda to the police for obraining goods by false pretence. We want him to account for his pretentious action.We are satisfied that his actions do amount to an act of criminality and should be answerable,” he said.

“For reasons unknown, Dr. Banda did not travel to Kasenengwa where he was scheduled to file his nomination. If Dr. Banda had no intention of deceiving the party, he could have returned the materials to the party and explain the challenges in time,” Mr Nkombo added.

He said as a result of Dr Banda’s action, the party lost not only the time to reorganize but also the opportunity to take party in the Kasenengwa bye election.

The Mazabuka lawmaker added that it now remains with the police to carry out his duty and bring the culprit to book,an action which will deter would be offenders.

The matter was reported to Detective Chief Inspector Mooka.

And The ruling PF has described as unfounded hallucinations assertions it bought off opposition candidates who failed to file nominations for the September by-elections.

Media Director Sunday Chanda said that such assertions are coming from desperate political parties that have no sense of direction.

Mr. Chanda noted that it was not true, for example, that the ruling PF was behind the disappearance of the opposition UPND candidate for the Kasenengwa Parliamentary by-elections Faustin Banda.

In an interview, Mr. Chanda stated that the claim by opposition NDC that the ruling PF adopted its preferred candidate for the Kasenengwa by-election, also makes sad reading.

Mr. Chanda said that the ruling party does not expect to have crowns in the political space in the manner the opposition NDC is portraying itself by making such claim, adding that the truth of the matter was that the ruling PF had 17 candidates that applied for adoption among whom the Central Committee settled for Sensio Banda.

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62 COMMENTS

  1. They are just being vindictive. Garry should instead focus on arresting (HH) for destroying the UPND
    Poor Under 5 leadership caused your candidate to flee!

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    • Mr. Chanda said that the ruling party does not expect to have crowns …..

      Do they mean clowns?

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • Sunday Chanda! Is a clown, and that Dr how does he run away with other People’s money?
      By the way news am getting is that Turkey is having a currency crush, Turkey is in financial problems of its own, I wonder where lungu will turn with his begging bowl

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    • Indeed Turkey is going under.

      It is a rogue state. Just like Uganda, Congo, Swaziland…..countries that Lungu feels at home.

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    • Where these clowns going to demand for a refund if theur candidate lost elections. What does the party constitution say about such conducts. Money or material used or not used for the purpose of elections is non refundable. Its the same as saying one must win elections if the he uses the sponsors money or refund the party in the event that he loses. What banda did is not different from participating in an election and losing. Have you ever demanded for a refund from hh from his 6 loses.

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    • Everything is happening under the corrupt watch of EL, Never in the history of Zambia has candidents of opposition dispered on nomination day, Speaks a lot about the party in power, instead of fullfilling their manifestor promises they spend all their enegy buying off oponetes, it happened at mulugushi rock of authority where someone who does not like to be challegend was voted by raising of hands.

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    • A person who received a Ph.D. has become a thief, crook, etc. What an embarrassment! This is sad indeed.

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    • WHY HAVEN’T MEDIA HOUSES POUNCED ON THE “AWOL” BANDA, SO WE CAN HEAR IT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH? SQUEEZE THAT TRUTH OUT’A HIM. WHY DID DR BANDA DECIDE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE WOLVES CLUB? IS HE A MEMBER?
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      I am loss for words to understand these chaps masquerading as politicians in this grouping of gullible witchhunters. The question is, how did you settle for this doc if he wasn’t a member of your party? Was the UPNDEAD just fishing for a candidate outside the camp to float as candidate. Come on upndeads stop wasting the Police’s valuable time and recruit genuine members. Where exactly do you get people to stand as candidates within or without? You sound like an I’d!ot Garry. You can do better.

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  2. Our leaders in UPND should just take responsibility for bad decisions they have been making. We were told they had many candidates who had applied for Kasenengwa, when Banda withdrew how come they couldn’t pick another candidate among them and quickly issue adoption certificate. Katuka is becoming a liability and we need him out than just accuse PF. Even Satan sometimes gets worried when he hears man say the devil made me do it.

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    • Mutinta we are sorry you feel that way. However i can assure you that as a party we take screening of our candidates seriously. However, in the imperfect world it does happen sometimes that people you select end up disappointing. There is a lot more to this and we as a party have initiated investigations and also have the police working on this. Again i can only apologise on behalf of our party. We welcome any feedback and suggestions from you

      New educated zed
      Chief strategist of UPND

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  3. This is how we deal with corrupt elements. As a party we believe that one is innocent until proven guilty. We leave it in the hands of the law enforcers to investigate. Unlike the pf we take allegations of theft seriously. Even theft of mere bottle of fanta is still theft. We suspect that pf might have had a hand in this. We hope the police will remain unbiased and fair in their approach. I hope you all have a good weekend. My wife and i are spending it in italy for our anniversary. I love this woman

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  4. You keep doing the same things with Under 5 leadership and expect things to change? That’s insanity

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  5. It’s an inside job. People are not happy with the UPND leadership and are showing it in the manner Banda did. PF has no hand in this. The party is headed for a straight victory with or without UPND. Learn your lesson UPND and reorganize, starting with leadership. The likes of HH and GBM are not leadership material. They have failed dismally.

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    • It is wise sometimes to not give biased comments on an issue that is being investigated by our internal party system as well as the police. Should this go to the courts i would recommend you zip your mouth lest you are found for contempt of court.

      Chief strategist of upnd

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    • Imagine! How could a party be taken advantage of in this manner. The embarrassment is huge the club. Showing serious signs of disorganization. Good luck.

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  6. NDC is proving more matured than upendi.

    Why harass a candidate for leaving your party. And its not true that upendi gave him pocket money which nkombo is crying for

    Upendi is just trying to instil fear in those contemplating to defect.

    And since when did upendi trust Zp. Or our courts. Or ECZ or ACC

    Thats what we call directionless manoeuvre.

    There is no law that stops anyone to quitt; Even after winning you can defect to any political party on the same day of results announcements.

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    • It seems you have got the wrong end of the stick. No one is harrasing this man. He was handed party resources for the sole purpose of the election. He chose to run away with party property. How is reporting an alleged theft harrasing someone? Is this what you are taught in pf or ndc?

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    • How do you give a candidate campaign material. Where is the campaign team chairman to handle material on behalf of the candidate. I thought the campaign team should be in charge of selling the candidate. The job of the candidate is simply to be present at their meetings or rallies. Why should he be the one to organise and dish out campaign material. Is this how upnd approaches elections. Thats why you lose.

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    • He is not harassed. He is a thief, a crook, an unreliable person. We should not encourage that behavior.

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    • The you stole our candidate claim doesn’t mature either. Just under5s’ symptoms.

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    • There not harassing him he has to pay back the money to the party and the campaign materials.This BANDA is a fool how can you get money and flee no no he must be brought to book ,he is a criminal

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  7. How do launch a political party by saying am a villager from Bwengwa

    Already thats a regional connotation and Thats why the party is rejected in urban areas

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  8. It’s his word against theirs. He will simply give some plausible explanation. As for money he is alleged to have been given, he’ll simply say he used it for travel and other incidentals. Next time lock in your candidate and on nomination day take him to the center if it means by force do it.

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    • I think that is a very naive way to deal with things. Why should we in a civilised society lock up an adult against the possibility of theft? You cannot predict every event or human action. It does happen sometimes that the very people you trust end up disappointing you.for example you voted lungu and now the chap and his party are stealing left right centre forcing you to defend their actions by you claiming you are some successful farmer. Let us learn to be honest and objective. Up to now yohr party has failed to deal with elements like kaizer zulu…

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    • I appreciate your answer but please don’t bring Lungu in your nonsense. For your information I’ll vote for him again no matter how bitter you become. Lungu is not th the source of your internal problems. Just put your house in order otherwise by February 2019 Upnd will be history. I say this because in my ward all Upnd members have joined the PF except for one hardcore ethinist.

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    • Reasons that sound plausible, but untrue. What do you call this in psychology and philosophy. This doctor is unethical.

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  9. I don’t normally support UPND but on this I truly back them. The action of Dr. Banda is a mockery to democracy. I truly doubt he was given any money by PF to do this but he may have been encouraged. Either way this should be condemned in the strongest sense. The charge of obtaining good by false pretencefits , let him have his day in Court

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    • When you declare your interest to represent people, it is not a joke. Dr. Banda should never be given any public position ever again for being such a joker unless he can prove that he was kidnapped.

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    • This same Dr from the sebebana wekute institute will go and stand in front our children, lecturing them in what – don’t kubeba, lies and deceit. His career is at steak, the little respect he had has gone under the drain. He should make sure he get enough for his pension from PF, otherwise I pity him.

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  10. Ati he ran away with chitenge materials. Honestly how do hand over materials to an individual.

    Whats the role of campaign team

    Upendi has no strategy. No plan.

    So you gave him cash to buy votes and he did a donchi kubeba right?

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    • You are lost. Learn to read. He is being accused of obtaining goods by false pretence. As a candidate he had benefits and even a wage which was given on the basis of him standing elections. His actions therefore are in breach of contract. Also note that his actions hace led to the disenfranchisement of the upnd members and also other Zambian voters. This is another allegation. The reading and thinking culture under pf is disappointing to say the least

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  11. How many are you going to lock up. In pf strong holds all those claiming to be upend are just spyin. They have been strategically planted

    Who do you handle that. Ask me I will give you a political strategy.

    Am a political consultant. Non partisan. And and will ing to help upendi at fee.

    Pf is a very weak political party now. Just that opposition has no strategy

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    • Are you not another planted spy yourself? How can poor UPND Strategist be sure this time he will be hiring the right person that after a few years will NOT end up doing the same?
      If you are serious, give them the advice and your reward will only come after the elections, how about that?
      Because you claim PF is weak, so you will be 100% sure that UPND will win with your strategy, so nothing to fear.
      Just cut that deal man.

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  12. Timing is everything. But what was this guy Faustin Banda thinking? Anyway this is what happens in a country where poverty levels are alarming. Every one joins politics of the belly including educated people and they stop thinking as educated people once they get in politics. Surely a doctor stealing Icitenge cha Campaign, money and he disappears. Very disappointing.

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  13. We all know hh is broke. We saw no campaign matterials in lusaka mayor campaigns. Norhing. So today they want to lie that they gave the Dr vitenges & petrol money. Maybe the Dr just looked at the petrol change & he could tell that palibe zabwino apa. Now hh wants tu petrol change

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    • True it’s going to get worse with time. HH should ask Mr Ben Yoram Mwila how politics can empty your pockets. Even Trump rich as he’s didn’t use money from his personal pocket. It’s not a joke especially with the loss of court cases with their costs. Even GBM is not in Upnd for the sake of it but to harm one Edgar Lungu who spurned his offers.

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    • Where alleged theft is involved this can be added on to the allegations once the case goes to court. Remember the starting point is the police and if they believe there is a case to answer then Faustin will be summoned. You are taking this to literally. I am sure you have the brain capacity to understand my point. Or am i being overly optimistic?

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    • A similar case failed in Ndola where a campaign manager switched camps. Another one is of a ward councilor candidate who go one vote (his) after paying huge amounts to his campaign team. The court simply ruled that voting is by secret ballot so we cannot tell who cast that single vote.

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  14. you wanted educated people and that you can get of the educated ones. The man has been paid for months at unza,even grade seven farmer is better than him. My sister in law is lecturer at unza sometimes she is not paid for months

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  15. Dr. Banda should have been magnanimous enough to tell UPND the situation that he found himself in his family etc. UPND should have had plan B. Thirdly UPND should have had strong party stalwart to stand in Kasenengwa instead of by the way individuals like this Dr. If not they should have let it go. Take it or leave it.

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  16. UPND is in total mess!!!!….WANYEKA MUNZI……Look Garry Nkombo, not even that tonga policeman MOOKA would help you to achieve anything on this matter.You are just risking the poor tonga man’s job!!!Dr Banda planned to do what he did way back.UPND and other opposition parties should expect this trend to continue in 2021 especially in PF strongholds as voting pattern do not change overnight!!!It is a fact that PF shall retain the kasenengwa seat,so why should Dr.Babda waste his vital time and money?Nkombo should know that his UPND is too regional!!Since 1998 when UPND was formed,it has never won in Eastern and in the Northern Zambia,so why just participate for formality?Dr.Banda did a splendid job!!!ZP WONT DO ANYTHING HERE!!UPND IS DEAD AND BURIED LIKE MMD AND UNIP!!

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    • What criteria are you using to write off UPND. IF it’s these fraudulent elections then you are very wrong. Imagine the desperation of the youths where more than 60,000 applied against 1000 required staff just to be constable police officers.

      In the recruitment process, they recruitment officers were more interested in physical activities (running) than the IQ as if the job is based on chasing criminals on foot. There is need to carry out a job analysis.

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  17. I advised the upnd after the lose of chilanga by-elections and Lusaka mayoral position that the only remedy is to change the leadership of this party, without that you tell me this party will be finished by the current leadership unless in southern is where it will win

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  18. What banda did is simply an internal issue thats how i understand it. Just serve him with a disciplinary letter and deal with him at party level. And why didn’t you pick a local tooonga to stand on upnd. Since when did a non tooonga win a seat outside southern province.

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  19. BE CAREFUL THERE ARE NOW ARRESTING IN UPND IF YOU FAIL TO WIN OR FOR ANY REASON FAIL TO COMPANY THEY HAVE STARTED CALLING ASPIRANTS CANDIDATES WHO FAIL TO WIN OR MAKE THE GRADE FRAUDSTERS AND COMPANY MANAGERS WHO FAIL TO WIN RISK BEING SENT BAILIFFS TO RECOVER CAMPAIGN MONEY MAAA

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  20. The behaviour of Dr F Banda beggars belief, inexcusable to say the least. Very damaging to our fledging democracy

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  21. Waste of time involving PF police and PF courts! You don’t learn UPND! Don’t you have thugs to use to deal with this Judas Ischariot of a bu$tard! This is no time to treat your adversaries with kid gloves! Be serious!

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  22. Are you not another planted spy yourself? How can poor UPND Strategist be sure this time he will be hiring the right person that after a few years will NOT end up doing the same?
    If you are serious, give them the advice and your reward will only come after the elections, how about that?
    Because you claim PF is weak, so you will be 100% sure that UPND will win with your strategy, so nothing to fear.
    Just cut that deal man.

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  23. Dr Banda IS A GENIUS FELLOW who graduated at UNZA with DISTINCTION IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, WENT FOR MASTER AND PHD AT GLASGOW UNIV. UK AND WORKED IN UK 20YRS , HE MET LARRY MWEETWA WHO COAXED HIM INTO POLITICS OF UPND , BANDA CONVINCED WENT TO UNZA 2016 AND ADOPTED IN UPND, LOST TO LATE VICTORIA PROBABLY HE HAD NOT BEEN TO THE VILLAGE FOR 20YRS, THE MAN IS A FORMER CHASSA BOYS SCHOOL LEAVER, A SCHOOL OF DISCIPLINE, SINCE THE LOSS IN 2016 BANDA INTENSIFIED VISITS TO THE VILLAGE WITH A FEW COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO SENSITIZE FOR 2021, FOLLOWING THE DEMISE OF HON.KALIMA UPND HAD NO DOUBT Doc WAS BEST CANDIDATE,MOREOVER , ANY ADOPTION CANDIDATES APPLY BY THEMSELVES AND Doc.did apply faced interviews and got adopted. Till then all was fine, however, he mentioned of lack of party materials and…

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    • Even better for the Doc, he will initiate a prison break like Michael scofield. KiKIki …..

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  24. From preferred candidate to suspect. UPND was supposed to trace where abouts of Faustin first before rushing to police. Find out if he is safe, why he is not anwering his phone etc. Unless he was picked from the streets with no background checks, surely there are several ways of finding out his where abouts. After exhausting all possible checks, avenues ncluding liaising with Faustin’s family and employers that is when UPND with Faustin’s family should have contacted police. Unless there is more to the story, the conclusion was too quick.

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  25. I wonder which relationship there was between the UPND and their candidate. How was the adoption process? It seems he was handpicked, and as usual the UPND seems not to have any Party Structures in the area. They could’ve easily settled for another member. Political differences can only be resolved politically, it’s childish to report their member to the Police over K2,000 for fuel and 200 pieces of Chitenge which he says are still in his possession. The case won’t go anywhere. This is the reason people have been calling for a convention, they want to see who will be the delegates. The UPND moves people from some areas to show that they are strong, it’s self-deceit. And this is what you get

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  26. Everytime UPND makes these stunts to hoodwink some relevance, it back fires at the ballot. Look at how Pf gained seats after the Mutaware thing. They were doing well in Eastern, but with this stunt, egg on face will smell terrible come 2021 in Eastern.

    Why can’t UPND outline an uplifting vision rather than this crap? Pf is delivering on the promise. And people would rather have the bird in hand rather the the one in bush under-five is hunting.

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  27. Mbena UPND has outlined its vision but our poor illiterate voters are bought by PF with food. Don’t forget PF just like their mother party ZANU pf has victimized and even killed citizens. Don’t even talk about our ECZ, they’re highly compromised and never act even when cadres are killing each other. Those results from ECZ which claim Pf is winning everything might not be real no wonder PF chaps are dying like flies dispite wining it might be a sign from God that he is not happy with your crookery like this one

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  28. This clown of a lecturer should not be allowed to stand in front of students. He is a fraud and probably even his degree was obtained fraudulently. He basically has stolen money from UPND, documents that no one stands on their ticket and votes from thousands that would have loved to be represented by another party. He belongs in jail. The rights of thousands kasenengwans have been taken away by him and his conspirators. UNZA if it is a university worthy the salt must kick him out.

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