WHEN President Hakainde Hichilema led both local and foreign distinguished dignitaries to pay their last respect to Zambia’s fourth president, Rupiah Bwezani Banda, little did he know that the spotlight of admiration wouldn’t miss him.
Former president of Botswana, Ian Khama in his eulogy to late Dr Banda described Mr Hichilema as the best man to lead Zambia during such difficult times.
Mr Khama who is a son to the founding president of the Republic of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama called on the people of Zambia to be patient because they hired the best man for the job.
“You HH, you are the best man during these challenging times to lead your nation Zambia through this. I hope the people of Zambia will be patient, whilst you steer your country and people through this difficult period which is not of your making. Because your own plans that you had for this country have been negatively affected by Covid-19, and now, by a senseless invasion of Ukraine by Russia,” said Mr Khama.
Coincidentally, Mr Khama was the fourth president of Botswana and so was late Dr Banda, fourth president of Zambia.
Mr Khama was a democratically elected president and served the people of Botswana from 1 April 2008 to 1 April 2018,
And in his address, Mr Hichilema stated that the demise of Dr Banda had left the nation heartbroken as his death came barely a year after Zambia lost the founding father and liberation hero, President Dr Kenneth David Kaunda.