FORMER president Rupiah Banda would unite the country which is now heavily divided on regional and tribal lines if he comes back into active politics, Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) president Edwin Sakala has said.
Mr Sakala said the country needed a neutral person like Mr Banda who has a wide experience in running affairs of the nation to chair a government of national unity.
The opposition leader told Daily Nation yesterday in press statement that Mr Banda was better placed because he was not power-hungry.
“National interest should come first and we know that RB is not power hungry. He can come in for a period of five years and help unite our nation so that we can once again have politics of ideas and not the regional and tribal politics we are experiencing,” Mr Sakala said.
“Let it be known that we have not approached RB formally due to the fact that we knew that the cartel was working very hard to demonize him out of fear that he would subject them to justice once in power.”
He said Zambians were aware of the cartels that have been campaigning against the former president, and that the dismissal of Wynter Kabimba has helped people to understand its composition.
Mr Sakala said the cartel’s plan to destroy the image of Mr Banda in the manner they did with former President Frederick Chiluba would not work.
“Our programme was to approach all the opposition party leaders sidelined by our media houses, NGOs and church leaders to endorse our idea in writing and we are happy that this has been done. The call will now be presented to RB next week when he comes back to the country,” he said.
“We are aware that RB is not keen on this but we believe that the delegation will help him make a decision which will save Zambia from self-destruction.”
His party wanted, a government of national unity where leaders like Hakainde Hichilema, Nevers Mumba, Charles Milupi, Godfrey Miyanda, Elias Chipimo, Edith Nawakwi, Langtone Sichone and all other opposition parties worked together.
Mr Sakala said the leaders agreed with ZDDM that Zambians could not afford the luxury of politics of bickering and division on tribal and regional lines.
“We are happy to announce that leaders of some churches, political parties and NGOs have endorsed our call for former President Rupiah Bwezani Banda to come back to active politics with a sole purpose of ushering in a new political order of civilised and constructive politics,” he said.