RB receives democracy award

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RB addressing audience

Immediate past president Rupiah Banda was last evening (Saturday Dec 15, 2012) honoured with the Honorary Prize for African Democracy as Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka called on African leaders to emulate the former Zambian leader’s commitment to respecting the will of the people.

At the 2012 Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize-giving ceremony held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, footage of President Banda’s political life was run on two large screens and, as he was shown conceding defeat in the September 2011 presidential elections and urging all Zambians to support ‘our new president’, he received an appreciative applause from the audience.

The former Zambian head of State was among several personalities who were honoured for their contribution to the wellbeing of Africans. This is the second honour he has received this year after the Crans Montana Prix de la Fondation award he got in Switzerland.

“As Africans, we are proud of you President Banda. You were commander-in-chief in your country and you could have easily disputed the results of the elections. I wish many African leaders could listen to you and realise that even after losing elections, you can be great,” said Vice-President Musyoka to an adoring audience.   

More praise was heaped on President Banda by former United Nations under Secretary-General Abdoulie Janneh who described the retired Zambian politician as a political model in Africa and urged other leaders on the continent to learn to accept the will of the people.

Mr Janneh, who is also executive director at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said it was time African leaders began providing leadership that inspired their people, stressing that leadership was the continent’s major malaise.

And speaking at the same event organised by the Millennium Excellence Foundation, former  President Banda urged African leaders to do nothing that would endanger the lives of their people.

“After accepting defeat, some of my compatriots called me a coward. How could I not accept the results of the elections organised by me as head of State? I was responsible for whatever could happen to the Zambian people.

RB Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka

“I call upon my fellow Africans to know that there can only be one winner in an election and the rest run the risk of losing. Even after losing elections, you must learn to love one another and live your life as if you were the winner,” President Banda said.

Other laureates at the ceremony were MultiChoice South Africa Group Holdings executive chairman Nolo Letele, Chief Godswill Akpabio, the governor of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria and Governor Moise Katumbi-Chapwe from Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo while the late Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills was represented by his widow Dr Ernestina Naadu Mills.

Honoured in absentia were Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Ugandan head of State Yoweri Museveni, Sudanese-born British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire Mo Ibrahim, former International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Mohamed ElBaradel and Nigerian business magnate Aliko Dangote.

The awards recognise individuals who have selflessly devoted themselves to bringing about change in the lives of Africans within the last decade.

Meanwhile, former president Banda has called on Africans to embrace home-grown initiatives that are aimed at empowering fellow Africans.

He was speaking at the Sovereign Suites in Limuru, about 20 kilometres outside Nairobi at a reception on Friday evening.

He noted that nearly all major international organisations had had their genesis outside Africa, the very reason why Africans needed to support the initiative of the Millennium Excellence Foundation, the organisers of Africa’s most prestigious international awards.

Past recipients of the awards include South Africa’s Desmond Tutu and Cyril Ramaphosa, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, former World Bank president James Wolfensohn and celebrated Nigerian writer Soyinka.

The former president  is expected to return to Lusaka Sunday morning.

RB with Multi-choice executive chairman Nolo Letele

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94 Responses to RB receives democracy award

  1. Mr President, we are proud of you.

    You are putting Zambia on the world map.

    Please advise this man you left against destroying our country.

    Zaza - December 19, 2012
    02:45

  2. Pipo have respect for the head of state,mr Sata en not the quack R.B mambala still dating siliya,leaving the defiled Thandiwe. He must refuse tto accept the honour just as he did @ZAU.

    william banda - December 18, 2012
    21:43

  3. congrats my presido.indeed it is a well deserved award.you are a man among men.may God grant you long life so that you can enjoy life.am proud of your achievements.

    salifyanji - December 18, 2012
    10:27

  4. The fallacy of African Politics..Corrupt RB honoured??? Foolish news bane. Honouring corruption and removal of abuse of office clause. Stupid award by a stupid org for a stupid individual.

    Kayawe - December 18, 2012
    05:27

  5. what a joke and the absurdity of african politics. this loser failer deserves no award in life. let me just retire somewhere with his ka big mouth thandie and shut the hell up.

    bruce - December 17, 2012
    13:51

  6. The question is, did RB wholeheartedly accepted defet, given the fact tat the old man cried and was almost going to heed to his compatriots’ calls to dispute the polls??.??

    Jeff Mwanza - December 17, 2012
    12:37

  7. RB is a saint

    IGNORANCE KILLS - December 17, 2012
    12:23

  8. bravo bravo man of honour and dignity great statesman, you will forever be a respected former president noone can take that away from you

    kaponya - December 17, 2012
    10:13

  9. Sata niWaboza let hm contnue makng fake prmises

    chales - December 16, 2012
    21:00

  10. RB….surely respected human rights in 3 yrs than CNP in a yr. God bless u our President.

    CNP 2016 - December 16, 2012
    20:43

  11. I know kabimba & sakeni wil pas bad comments. They ar not happy.

    Manjume - December 16, 2012
    20:40

  12. That bisa called sata, cn no be my president. Long live rb.

    Trumpeter - December 16, 2012
    20:38

  13. Im sure ukwa will get an award for bonking ugly women like inutu suba. that must take courage!

    Shrek! - December 16, 2012
    19:45

  14. I respect you, RB! God Bless You.

    Peace! - December 16, 2012
    19:27

  15. For sure after MMD’s failure in the 20 years, RB has redeemed himself by being exemplary in handing power. There are very few African Presidents who can hand over power WHILE CRYING! I hope the incumbent will also emulate RB.

    Mubanga - December 16, 2012
    19:25

  16. Dear Hon. Given Lubinda, Embattled MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    My intention is not to add to your woes. I really do sympathise with you as you embark on this dangerous fight with a very powerful Kabimba. However first things first. What is your immediate reaction to this latest honour that the great RB has recieved? Given, trust me. This honour is for Zambia. It is a huge honour indeed and is recognised in the whole world. If you do enviously call this one a “mickey mouse honour” also, then I can also wish you luck in your battle against summer. But a word of advice. Tell your cabinet to Swallow their pride and envy and recognise RB’S honour.

    prisonwarder - December 16, 2012
    19:00

  17. @Nshilimubemba, If you don’t honour your own, other pipo will honour him. I praise RB for how he handed over power to comrade Cobra…

    Owizo - December 16, 2012
    18:51

  18. Mulungu a kudalitseni a RB

    Anecho - December 16, 2012
    18:17

  19. Mulungu a kudalitseni

    Anecho - December 16, 2012
    18:17

  20. There are times when you don’t have to beat your own drums to be appreciated. RB has not depended on publicity from Mmembe Kambwili and Co. if anything had some people been given the privilege, he would have been shot. It is good to be yourself and you will be appreciated

    Mpongwe - December 16, 2012
    18:11

    • @ Mpongwe. It should have “RB does not have to depend on publicity from Mumembe, Kambwili and Super Ken. Remember that Super Ken has also cheapened himself by enlisting with the PF as their Chief propagandist complimenting what Mumembe is already being paid for. I wonder how much they are paying Super Ken?

      prisonwarder - December 16, 2012
      18:46

  21. ba kabwa ba pf feeling jelous because their sata is a dictator this man will refuse to leave power when he loses,but the zambian people will ensure he goes after losing.

    kandwa - December 16, 2012
    18:11

  22. Go Zambia, go! It feels good that the entire world is watching and appreciates us when we do right. Go, go RB!

    Tubulu - December 16, 2012
    18:03

  23. Ba R.B ambala a P.F ativuta!!!

    Pedro - December 16, 2012
    17:37

  24. Sata overshadowed!!!!!!

    Disappointed Zambian - December 16, 2012
    17:37

  25. Congratulation to our former president, i will remember him for promoting peace in zambia God bless you

    Kyetu Bonse - December 16, 2012
    17:18

  26. RB you are the great Man……….Sata cant make it to be a president for…………..We have rest our case.

    Zambian youth - December 16, 2012
    16:40

  27. Why is everyone on this site saying RB a president for all zambians?is St micheal not a president for all zambians?

    Mr Kiss - December 16, 2012
    16:12

    • no sata is a president for…

      sharp - December 16, 2012
      16:21

  28. A man of the people who respected the will of the people and allowed others with opposing views to voice out without violeting their freedom of speech. Let us all from all spheres of leadership emulate him. A great African indeed.

    yoyo - December 16, 2012
    14:39

  29. It is only those were stealing with him can honour him thank God he was forcefully removed by zambians now they are crying because they cant steal any more

    nshilimubemba - December 16, 2012
    14:25

    • How much did he steal and from whom? Am sure the police would be interested in the answer.

      Pakudya Salimbana - December 17, 2012
      07:17

    • even the slander you had against his wife, and you splashed it in your now useless tabloids, that case she won and thanx to you slanderers the state ahs been asked to pay her billions of Kwachas. Go RB go, man of the people.

      THINKU - December 17, 2012
      13:23

  30. RB will 4ever b the best President

    PJ - December 16, 2012
    14:25

  31. ‘Zambia Lost $8.8 billion in illicit outflows between 2001-2010 – GFI report’.

    Tikambeko - December 16, 2012
    14:09

    • mukambeko boza ayini

      Zaza - December 19, 2012
      02:47