The country’s celebrated and award winning musician, Lucius Banda has won in the UDF primaries to contest and reclaim Balaka North Parliamentary seat during the May 20 tripartite elections.
UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga confirmed to Nyasa Times in an interview on Monday.
“Indeed Lucius Banda has triumpbed in Balaka North,” said Ndanga.
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.
Banda who was co-opted into UDF’s National Executive Council (Nec), revealed that he is more than ready to reclaim the position, which eluded his wife in 2009 elections.
The 43-year-old said is ready to continue where he stopped and urged the nation to rally behind UDF’s youthful candidate and president, Atupele Muluzi, adding “Malawians should expect a better UDF with visionary leader”.
Last year after quitting PP, Banda quashed out people’s suggestions that he had become a political prostitute by moving from one party to other, arguing “I am not like other political prostitutes who dumped their political parties to join the ruling party. I have made a rare and worth appreciating decision to join UDF which is in opposition”.
Lucius Banda 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.