PF free to petition UN, says State House

PF free to petition UN, says State House

President Rupiah Banda says the Patriotic Front is free to petition the UN over his parentage.

Speaking though his spokesperson Dickson Jere, president Banda said it is the right of any citizen to petition any relevant Tribunal if they feel aggrieved on any matter.

The President cannot stop any citizen from petitioning the United Nations or any other body to seek redress, said a press statement signed by Dickson Jere.

He said the President is surprised that the issue of the nationality of his parents has become very important now when the PF has been claiming that they will beat the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) during the forthcoming elections.

Jere asked why the PF is scared to face President Banda in the elections scheduled for 20th September 2011.

He said in 2008, president Banda filed his valid nomination and beat PF leader Michael Sata in the elections.

Why did the PF keep quiet in 2008? Why do they want to block him from standing?

 He explained that President Banda is on record stating clearly that both his father and mother were Zambians.

He said if president Bandas parents were not Zambians, why did the PF fail to raise this issue when President Banda was appointed Vice-President of Zambia by the late President Levy Mwanawasa, SC?

He said The Constitution of Zambia requires that the Vice-President should have the same qualifications as those of the President.

He also said that President Banda servedZambiain a number of portfolios, including that of Ambassador to the UN,WashingtonandEgypt; Minister of Foreign Affairs; Senior Governor ofLusaka; Minister of Mines; General Manager of Namboard (National Agriculture Marketing Board); General Manager of the Rural Development Agency; Member of Parliament for Munali and Vice-President.

He wondered why in all these years, no one has ever raised the issue of his parentage.

He wondered where the sudden interest is coming from.

On Tuesday morning, PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba disclosed that his party is in the process of petitioning the UN, SADC, NATO and other organisations over the parentage of president Banda which the PF believes is foreign.

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