Lucius Banda excited with return to Parliament
The country’s celebrated and award winning musician, Lucius Banda has said he is “excited” that he has reclaimed Balaka North Parliamentary seat under the banner of United Democratic Front (UDF) during the May 20 elections.
Banda popularly known as ‘Soldier’ has been voted as the parliamentarian for the Balaka North Constituency where has won with a resounding figure of 16,572 votes as DPP’s Getrude Maseko and People’s Party Tony Ngalade gets 7,381 and 6,212 votes respectively.
Banda lost the seat in August 2006 following a 21 months jail term met out by Zomba High Court – he later appealed but the conviction was sustained – on forgery of Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) certificate, which was said he used as a qualification to contest in the 2004 Parliamentary elections.
Following his release from prison in November 2006, Banda went silent on his political career until 2012 when he joined the ruling People’s Party (PP) only to quit it months later to re-join UDF the party that ushered him into Parliament.
The 43-year-old said has been critic of ruling political parties and their policies through his music that made him the first artist to have worn a brave face to criticize the tyrannical rule of first president, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.