Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda, on Thursday officially announced that he had stepped down as president of the former ruling party, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), following the invitation by the Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Centre in the United States of America to provide various lectures.
Banda said the MMD national executive committee on Wednesday met and unanimously accepted his decision to step aside.
The former president, who addressed journalists in Lusaka Thursday, said the Boston programme begins at the end of this month and that it will require him to be out of Zambia for three months.
He said: “I have been consistent ever since we lost our elections in September last year that I would love to leave this great party, the MMD, to the younger generation to take over from me. I have not departed from that promise.”
Banda, who came to power in 2008 after he won the presidential by-elections, lost power in 2011 after losing to opposition Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata.
“It is my prayer that the next leader of the MMD will build on the structures I have left. I have no doubt in my mind that the MMD will rise again and bounce back to power,” Banda said.
–Via Afrique en ligne