By Nation Reporter
THE attempt by UPND vice president for politics Canisius Banda to drag the Patriotic Front (PF) into his problems of failing to pay rentals for his house should be understood as a veiled message to his party to take care of him, Frank Bwalya has said.
Mr Bwalya, who is PF deputy spokesperson, said Dr Banda’s failure to settle his rentals was historical and had nothing to do with his alleged persecution by the landlady or the ruling party.
Mr Bwalya said the truth was that the predicament Dr Banda found himself in ‘‘spoke volumes’’ about the failure of the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to support his vice-president.
He said in a statement yesterday that Mr Hichilema should realise that the lamentations of Dr Banda over his eviction from his rented home were a direct indictment on the UPND and Mr Hichilema as a leader.
He said should President Edgar Lungu learn about Dr Banda’s predicament, the Head of State would be willing to help him purely on humanitarian grounds because the Head of State was a man with a big heart despite having little money.
Mr Bwalya said the money Mr Hichilema spent to fete some church leaders should have been used to help Dr Banda rather than allow him to be humiliated while his party leaders were watching with glee.
Dr Banda was on Thursday evicted from his rented PHI home he had occupied for the past 10 years allegedly because he was a difficult tenant, according to the landlady Chali Tumelo.
He was forced to pack his belongings and paint the house as the landlady watched and engaged in an altercation with Dr Banda’s young sister who was angered by the political leader’s well publicised eviction.