RB to lead Carter observer mission to Congo as Sata refuses to pay for his security

RB to lead Carter observer mission to Congo as Sata refuses to pay for his security

Immediate past president Rupiah Banda has been appointed to lead an election observer mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sources close to the  former president Rupiah Banda have disclosed that  he has accepted to co-lead the mission with former USA president Jimmy Carter.

The appointment is by the Carter Centre.

But President Michael  Sata says the government will not foot the bill of former President Rupiah Banda’s aides and others like security personal.

Through his spokesperson George Chellah Sata said:

“Since the invitation is to Mr Banda as an individual, government has difficulties in spending taxpayers’ money on other people he would want to accompany him on this purely exclusive invitation”.

The Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter.

The Carter Centre has been observing elections in Zambia from 1991 and sends observers to various other countries across the world.

The Congolese will go the polls to vote a new president on November 28, 2011.

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