President Banda asks envoys to find money for his campaign

Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda Thursday asked his ambassadors abroad to help finance his re-election campaign, according to African Review.

President Banda told a group of  Zambian ambassadors and high commissioners meeting in Chisamba town, about 50 km north of the capital Lusaka, that he and the MMD would need “a lot of money” for campaign.

“We still need your support as we go forward because of the elections which are there this year and we are going to need money for fuel, to feed our cadres (MMD supporters, for materials for the campaign; we are going to need a lot of help,” said 74-year-old Banda, who will face tight competition from veteran opposition leader Michael Sata in this year’s polls.

“We will really appreciate” whatever support from our diplomats, said President, the first time he publicly asked the envoys to aid his campaign.

President Banda, an ex-diplomat, told the envoys to end squabbles among their staff at various missions and urged them to market Zambia’s potential as an investment and tourist destination.

At the opening of the week-long meeting earlier this week, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs minister Kabinga Pande warned the diplomats to end the reported misuse of public funds.

According to the latest Auditor General’s report, about half of Zambia’s missions abroad were found to have been mismanaging public funds and resources.

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