Let us continue living together in peace, urges RB

Let us continue living together in peace, urges RB

Former president Rupiah Bwezani Banda, Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, has called for peaceful co-existence among members of various political parties in Zambia if the country is to continue enjoying its unique tranquillity.

The former president was speaking at Lusaka’s New Leopards Hill cemetery Tuesday during the burial of Rabson Tembo who died in a road traffic accident last Thursday when the Nissan Hardbody he was driving overturned in Chipembi area of Nyimba district.

Meanwhile, the Watchdog understands that there were no potholes on the stretch of road on which RB’s driver met his death.

Tembo was in President Banda’s advance party to Mfuwe when the accident occurred, killing him on the spot and injuring two passengers.

The former Head of State eulogised Tembo as a forthright symbol of enduring loyalty and described his demise as a loss not only to his family but also to all who fraternised with him.

At the burial also attended by National Democratic Focus (NDF) President Ben Mwila and former Cabinet ministers Situmbeko Musokotwane and Maxwell Mwale, former President Banda said the presence of various political party representatives at the lateTembo’s funeral was testimony of the unity that has continued to bind Zambia people together.

He said it was such unity that made him proud during the three years that he was Zambian President from 2008 to 2011.

The former president paid tribute to former Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Lusaka Province chairman William Banda for hosting the late Tembo’s funeral which was held in Bauleni township.

Meanwhile, the Watchdog understands that there were no potholes on the stretch of road on which RB’s driver met his death.

The police are not conducting any investigation to establish what caused the accident but just relying on the assumption that the vehicle hit into a pothole since there are a lot of potholes on that road.

People close to the deceased are also amazed how the PF newspapers and broadcast stations immediately said it was RB’s driver in the accident.

The vehicle involved was a private one and was not labelled in any way but according to PF media, the people at the accident scene were shouting ‘RB, RB’ while other PF officials  were phoning the  former president.

The vehicle was not even in a convoy to suggest that there was an important person passing and RB’s deceased driver was not a public figure who could easily be identified.

It has also been established that at the time of the accident, RB had already passed but had instead gone to his farm in Chipata. He was supposed to cross over to Mfuwe from his farm.

According to sources, the former president was supposed to ride in the same vehicle with former defence minister Ben Mwila but Mwila, who was supposed to fly back to Lusaka from South Africa delayed due to his daughter who is hospitalised there.

The Watchdog understands that RB and Mwila have been put on surveillance.

 

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