Former presidents should participate in politics-Anamela

The United National Independence Party (UNIP) says it is wrong for Zambians to stop Former Presidents from participating in politics.
Speaking in Lusaka at a meeting organized by the press freedom committee of the Post Newspaper, UNIP Vice President Njekwa Anamela said people should note that former heads of state are politicians and have experience in handling political issues.
Anamela said former heads of state belong to political parties and it would be irresponsible if they denounced the parties that brought them into power.
Meanwhile, Former Defense Minister George Mpombo said the role of former presidents should be to unify the nation.
He noted that politics are shifty so it is vital that citizens ensure that former leaders play a constructive role in national development.
Speaking at the same meeting, United Party for National Development (UPND) Siavonga MP Douglas Siakalima said it is wrong for former leaders to participate in active politics.
He further advised former heads of state to emulate former South African President Nelson Mandela, whose main focus has been to unite the nation.

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