Former President Rupiah Banda yesterday left for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the Golden jubilee of the Union between the Republic of Tanganyika and the People’s Republic of Zanzibar scheduled to take place today.
President Banda is in Tanzania to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Union between the Republic of Tanganyika and the People’s Republic of Zanzibar at the invitation of the Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
President Banda was accompanied by his administrative assistant Mikatazo Wakumelo and has expressed gratitude to President Michael Sata for allowing him to travel to Tanzania.
This is the second time that President Sata has allowed President Banda travel outside the country with the first being a trip to South Africa for his routine medical check-up.
Meanwhile, President Banda has eulogized first republican president Kenneth Kaunda for the contribution and sacrifices he made during the liberation struggle that led Zambia break the colonial yoke from Britain.
President Banda made his tribute to Dr Kaunda at his 90th birth day anniversary that falls on Monday. The fourth Zambian President said the as the country was celebrating its independence Golden jubilee, it was import that Zambians reflected on the contributions and sacrifices the first Zambian president made for the liberation of the country.
“I am very proud to be among those that are privileged to have benefited from your mentorship during the independence struggle to the present day. My ascendancy to the presidency of this great land would have been possible without your wise counsel,” President Banda said in his letter to President Sata. President Banda said he was honoured to join the 13 million Zambians in sending best wishes on the occasion of Dr Kaunda’s 90th birthday anniversary. Dr Kaunda turns 90 years on Monday and there had been a number activities lined up in commemoration of his day.