The former Zambian President, Rupiah Banda has endorsed the incumbent President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu as his first choice candidate.
Campaigns in Zambia have heated up and parties are geering to win the next weeks general elections with a landslide.
President Banda said there is nothing wrong in endorsing a candidate during polls because it is a practice world over so that best candidates can be elected to lead the nation.
Addressing the audience in Lundazi on Friday, the former head of state who ruled Zambia from 2008 to 2011 said President Lungu is the best candidate among the 9 who are contesting in this year’s presidential elections.
“I have endorsed Edgar Lungu as the best presidential candidate of the forthcoming general elections. He is a man of integrity and has skills of good governance”, said Rupiah.
He further told the multitudes of people who gathered at the rally that the country cannot develop if its people keep on rotating governments within short period of time.
“The country cannot develop if we keep on changing governments within a short period of time. We need to give our leaders ample time to fulfil their duties. Therefore I urge all of you to cast your ballot papers for President Lungu to have a full term in office so that he can finish implementing the projects the Patrotic Front has initiated”, said Banda.
He further told the Zambians that the incumbent President has united the country by embracing all Zambians including those who do not agree with him.
Zambians are heading into polls on August 11, 2016 to elect the President and the National Assembly. During the elections, a Constitutional Referendum will be held alongside the elections with proposals to amend the Bill of rights and Rupiah Banda told Zambians that they should vote “yes” to referendum.
Edgar Lungu who took the reigns in 2014 after the death of Michael Sata, is facing a tough rivarly from his opponent, Hakainde Hichilema, the president of the United Party for National Development whom he defeated in 2014 to complete the remaining two year term left by the late Mr Sata.