FORMER President Kenneth Kaunda has paid tribute to President Banda for the efforts he has made in ensuring that peace prevails in the country.
Dr Kaunda said this during the opening of the fifth International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) conference in Lusaka on Monday.
“We all know Rupiah Banda’s love for this country and the effort he has made to bring peace and love,” Dr Kaunda said.
The first President said he has known Mr Banda for a long time and he has no doubt about the incumbent President’s love for Zambia.
He said Zambia cannot hope to promote peace with the outside world if “here at home, we view each other as enemies based on differences in political affiliation”.
Dr Kaunda said peace can only thrive if the people trying to preserve it are at peace with themselves.
He was one of the dignitaries at the IIPT world tourism meeting.
And Chieftainess Nawaitwika of the Namwanga people in Nakonde has pledged to support President Banda during the general elections.
Chieftainess Nawaitwika said President Banda has worked hard and deserves to rule the country for a full five-year term.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS at her palace yesterday, Chieftainess Nawaitwika said President Banda has done a lot in the few years he has been in office.
She said Mr Banda’s administration has made tremendous achievements in developing the agricultural sector, with small-scale farmers increasing crop production every year.
Chieftainess Nawaitwika called for peaceful campaigns ahead of the elections.
ZANIS also reports that Chief Sinazongwe of the Tonga people has said President Banda should be supported during the general elections.
The chief said Mr Banda should be retained as President because of his sound socio-economic programmes and infrastructure development.
He said Mr Banda deserves a five-year term of office to complete his development programmes.
Chief Sinazongwe was speaking when Deputy Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Jazzman Chikwakwa paid a courtesy call on him at his Maliko Palace in Sinazongwe yesterday.
And Mr Chikwakwa said chiefs play an important role in monitoring and guaranteeing the success of Government development programmes.