Ex-deportee William Banda back in power

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has with immediate effect appointed veteran politician, William Banda, at act as Lusaka Province Chairman for the party in the interim capacity.

Banda replaces Geoffrey Chuumbwe, who was expelled from the ruling party after he joined the opposition PF.

MMD National Secretary Katele Kalumba announced the appointment of Banda on Thursday.

“On behalf of the NEC, the National Secretary has directed that Mr. William Banda will be acting Provincial Chairman for Lusaka in an interim capacity with immediate effect.” Dr. Kalumba said.

Banda served in the first, second and third republics.

On 25 October 1994, William Banda was deported to Malawi by the Fredrick Chiluba regime a move which amnesty International said was unlawful, wrong and out of political malice.  Banda later told the Supreme Court that he was blindfolded and drugged, driven by Zambian immigration service and para-military police officers.  He entered Malawi through Mchinji border post and later dumped at Lilongwe Police station.

Banda was served with a deportation order on 10 November 1991. The reason given was that “in my opinion by his presence he (is) likely to be a danger to peace and good order in Zambia”.

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