SOURCE- $Zambia_Daily_MailFormer Republican President Rupiah Banda has refuted allegations that he is working with Solwezi Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa to replace Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) President Nevers Mumba as party President.
In a statement to ZANIS, from the Office of the Fourth Republican President Deputy Administrative Assistant Kennedy Limwaya said the former head of state has been in retirement since he voluntarily relinquished the MMD Presidency last year and should not be dragged into political matters.
Mr Limwaya said the story that appeared in today’s Zambia Daily Mail newspaper under the headline, “RB Plots Against Mumba” has no fairness in it.
He said although the story alleges that there is an elaborate plan to oust Dr Mumba, it does not demonstrate how that plan will be carried out and how much Mr Banda is involved.
Mr Limwaya also refuted claims by the daily newspaper saying at no time was Mr Banda or his aides called by the Daily Mail although the story’s anonymous author stated that efforts were made to contact the Former President but the calls went unanswered and those of his aides were switched off.
He advised journalists at the Newspaper who may want to justify their appointments that there are better ways of doing that than by thriving on concoctions that do not add any value to the journalism profession.
Mr Limwaya said Mr Banda is a strong believer in constitutionalism, which is why he agrees with MMD Deputy National Secretary Chembe Nyangu’s statement that a party convention is the best platform for replacing political party leaders.