Zambia ex-president set for Malawi peace talks as EU envoy calls for dialogue

Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda is expected in the country this month to mediate on the warring parties over the highly disputed May 21 tripartite elections which the opposition claims were rigged, Nyasa Times understands.

Former president of Zambia, FRupiah Bwenzani Banda

Civil rights activist, Rafiq Hajat who is executive director for Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) and coordinating the visit and the subsequent talks,  said Banda is coming at the invitation of a South African non-governmental organization.

Hajat said Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development has offered to mediate in the political impasse in the country following the election and invited Banda as one of the key mediators.

“Other mediators will come from African Union and Sadc,” said Hajat.

He said an official from the institute was in the country for ground assessment before the mediation talks set for September 20.

Banda stepped down gracefully after losing an election in his country and has since been involved in mediation missions in Africa.

State House press secretary Mgeme Kalilani said President Peter Mutharika is not aware of the intended peace talks.

Mutharika told the BBC on Monday he would accept meeting the opposition for talks only if there is a clear agenda.

Banda’s visit comes at a time European Union (EU) Ambassador Sandra Paesen through an interview aired in  private broadcaster Zodiak Broadcasting Station has called for dialogue to resolve the current political impasse and reforms as solutions to long-term electoral and development challenges facing the country.

Paesen said the EU, along with other members of the international community, were working with various political and civil society players to ensure the country finds a lasting solution to the political impasse which has followed disputed May 21 presidential election results.

According to Paesen, the EU believes the country needs national dialogue to discuss challenges in accountability of public funds, legal reforms required following the electoral dispute and reconciliation issues. She cited Parliament as one forum where the issues can be tackled.

Since the elections, in which Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) President Peter Mutharika winner, the country has experienced regular protests led by civil society groups under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and backed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party.

MCP presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM Party counterpart Saulos Chilima are jointly challenging the presidential election results in the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe, and seeking  nullification of the presidential polls.

HRDC, on the other hand, is demanding that MEC chairperson Jane Ansah, who is also a judge of the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, should resign for allegedly mismanaging the elections.

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Achiswe'.'
1 year ago

This is the first time I have seen a photo of Rupiah Banda. If a person’s face tells us something, then this man’s face tells me not to trust him. He looks arrogant and untrustworthy.

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

hey stop fooling us by threatening us bringing in ex what ex what.
we had fugitive zimbabwe cihuri akuphizitsa ma cadet ku ntakataka from our taxes. so lupiya azatani?u mean we cant sort out our issues.????? nkhani ili ku khoti nde uyu azatani? mwatha ma plan.???? idiots.

In Darkness Democracy Dies
In Darkness Democracy Dies
1 year ago

Rupiah Banda is the father of elections rigging in Malawi. For when President he sent Mwanga. A former director of intelligence in Zambia to come and train (name withheld) A favourite diplomat of Bingu how to rig. This man would be a good be an excellent mediator anywhere else but in Malawi. For he is a friend of the Mutharika family. He wants to come to Malawi to save Mutharika.

DRAKE
DRAKE
1 year ago

Lupiya Banda is a friend of Malawi is from the Eastern Part of Zambia which is more like Malawi.
He will be able to follow and understand what is happening

Justice Usiwa
Justice Usiwa
1 year ago

He is afraid of being arrested Anaba kwambiri .His removal would reveal too much mismanagement in road constraction payments and other procurements

namatetule
1 year ago

NO NEED BABA. GO BACK TITHANA NAZO TOKHA

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago

Jane is aint going nowhere you have been told.

HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
1 year ago

Eh! Zandale anthu akungo phyetsana mitima ndizapamwamba chabe

Zambia
Zambia
1 year ago

Please set the agenda – listen to the BBC interview before you come. Otherwise you will be talking to your self.

Mr Truth Pains
1 year ago
Reply to  Zambia

Agenda was already set, opposition needs re-run .
What else do u want?? U need an agenda of declaring tippex government to be legible, it’s what u want?

Forget about it.

Cairo
Cairo
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

At times its important to look at issues with a sober mind, otherwise inu mukuti “Mr. Truth Pains” u have a big problem. Let me tell u this, one thing for sure is that PAC will not find any good reason to recommend to the President to fire her. The HRDC agwa nayo and it wont work, Am just being honest with u and thats exactly what is going to happen. Instead, pple are going to turn against Mtambo and Trapenzi and u will c what is going to happen. Mark my word!!

wakikiki
wakikiki
1 year ago

THEY MUST WAIT FOR THE COURT RULING

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