THERE is nothing wrong for former president Rupiah Banda to come back and recontest the presidency as the Constitution of Zambia allows him to do so, says People’s Party (PP) president Mike Mulongoti.
Mr Mulongoti said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the former president can return to active politics and it would be up to the people of Zambia to decide whether to vote for him or not.
“He (Mr Banda) can come back because the Constitution allows him to do so,” he said.
He, however, said Mr Banda should not consider rejoining politics but allow young people to participate and take over the leadership of the country.
Mr Mulongoti said the people would wait and see what the former president has to offer that he did not when he ruled Zambia for three years.
He said if Mr Banda came back into active politics he would send a wrong message to the young generation.
Southern African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes Executive Director Boniface Cheembe said since Mr Banda did not serve two five-year terms of office, he by law qualifies to come back into active politics.
Mr Cheembe said in an interview that Zambia is a country of laws and that it would be within the confines of the law for Mr Banda to consider his comeback.
“If the decision of the people would be that Mr Banda should come back, then it will be within the confines of the law for him to come back,” Mr Cheembe said.
He said if the former president rejoined politics, he should consider addressing concerns of the people, learning from his mistakes which led to him losing the 2011 general election.
Mr Cheembe said the former president had spent more time travelling outside the country than attending to issues.
He said Mr Banda would be expected to strengthen public institutions so that people have access to them. On Monday, the former president said calls for him to come back would depend on the decision of the people.
Last week veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga handed torches of leadership to young prospective leaders and urged them to be proactive if they were to lead the country.