—-Former MMD president, Rupiah Banda, has launched his campaign trail for the January, 20, 2015 presidential by-elections.
And All Peoples Congress (APC) president, Nason Msoni, Republican Progressive Party (APP) president, James Lukuku and Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) national coordinator, Edwin Sakala, have endorsed Rupiah Banda.
Addressing a sizeable audience in Lusaka’s Mtendere compound to mark his first campaign program, Mr Banda asked for votes from the electorates, stating that he is mature and capable of bringing unity in the country.
“When you vote for me, I will do what you want; join me in the liberation from disunity and poverty,” he said.
He said the people of Zambia should vote for an individual who can address the many challenges that they are facing such as unemployment and poverty.
Mr Banda said once voted in power he will effectively conclude all the developmental projects that he initiated countrywide, further stating that the PF made a mark by simply working on the developmental schemes that he introduced.
He added that when he comes into power he would reduce mealie-meal prices as well transport costs across the country to ease people’s mobility.
He said he will bring development into focus for the benefit of the general citizenry as he is a president for all people, adding that the PF lied to the Zambian people by promising them money in their pockets in 90 days.
Mr Banda said he is not bothered because his son Andrew Banda has endorsed UPND ahead of the January, 20 presidential elections because in a democracy anyone is free to belong to any political affiliation.
And APC president, Nason Msoni, described Mr Banda has a super substitute who understands the problems that the Zambian people are going through.
He said Mr Banda is the right calibre to stand on MMD ticket because another person who wants to stand on the same tickets is a criminal.
Mr Msoni said it is time to vote for MMD because the boat has sunk because PF has failed to deliver the constitution.
And ZDDM national coordinator, Edwin Sakala, said Mr Banda is a president for all Zambians who treats all Zambians equally.
And APP president, James Lukuku, said Mr Banda has what it takes to become republican president.