Music icon turned politician has released a single in which he is praising and glorifying the leadership of vice president Saulos Chilima and his United Transformation Movement (UTM) and announced that he would no longer vie for the United Democrtaic Front (UDF) presidency but was reluctant to disclose his political future with UTM.
The release of the single has heightened speculation that the UDF member of parliament was set to join the trending movement whose leader is Chilima.
Banda, however, disclosed that he would not challenge the UDF president Atupele Muluzi for the party presidency at the forthcoming party convention in August.
“I wanted to contest because Honourable Muluzi was failing his duties as leader of UDF but now things have changed, he is now addressing rallies and has called for the convention.
“Previously, he concentrated much on his job as a Cabinet minister. This is no longer the case. He is now concentrating on his job as a party president and this is what we wanted,” said Banda.
He said in view of this, he would not be challenging Muluzi but rather support him at the convention.
Banda and Muluzi fell out after Muluzi decided to take his minority UDF party into a parliamentary coalition with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Asked about the song, if he really composed it, he said, “I like it, it is a very good song, it has a very strong message.”
He however refused to divulge more information on his relationship with the movement, saying this was a story for another day.