Former President Rupiah Banda’s recognition at international level means that Zambia has a bigger role to play at both regional and international community, says Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.
He said Mr Banda was a true statesman as evidenced by the respect that the international community accord him, especially during election observer missions.
Mr Banda was among other leaders who were assigned to Uganda to observe elections.
“What our current crop of politicians needed to learn from Mr Banda is his legacy of humility and service to mankind. If Mr Banda was hungry for power Zambia could have gone into flames, but he is a leader for the people who has also promoted peace and unity in this country,” Mr Mulenga said.
He urged politicians to restrain from engaging in violent activities and desist from using hate speech and insults as a way of assuming power.
Mr Mulenga said Mr Banda had shown that he was a peaceful man who needed support because he was lifting the flag of mother Zambia.
He said the Zambian people must learn to appreciate what their statesman Mr Banda was doing in Africa by ensuring that the country promoted peace and harmony.
And Mr Mulenga called upon Mr Banda together with the founding father Dr Kenneth Kaunda to inculcate the spirit of love in Zambia.
And in his preliminary statement on behalf of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) observation mission, Mr Banda said security forces proved to intimidate and influence the electoral process against providing law and order in Uganda.
Mr Banda said Ugandans should continue striving to strengthen their democracy and seek for the best thereafter.
He said democracy could only flourish when people’s fundamental freedoms and rights were respected and all players abided by the rules of fair play.