—-Former Republican President, Rupiah Banda, has joined the rest of the nation in sending condolences at the death of nine United Party for National Development (UPND) members who died in a road traffic accident in Luangwa on Sunday night.
Mr Banda has also commended all political parties that have suspended their political campaigns for the June 20th Feira Parliamentary by-elections.
He stressed that even though death does not unify people it was encouraging to note that politicians put aside their differences in times of such calamity and should not always wait for calamity to unite them.
He further implored Zambians to learn to love one another and unite as members of one big family called Zambia.
Mr Banda also advised UPND president, Hakainde Hichilema, and his party leadership against being discouraged by the loss of their members.
He urged them to forge ahead in continuing to contribute to the country’s political spectrum which needs the participation of every citizen.
And in message to the 17 people who were injured in the accident, Mr Banda wished them a speedy recovery and advised them to seek God’s face as they recover.
This is contained in a statement made available the ZANIS today, by the Deputy Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Fourth Republican President, Rupiah Banda.