Lusaka – Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu says he draws inspiration from his surviving predecessors, Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda.
In a “get well” message to ex-President Banda, who revealed last week that he is undergoing colon cancer treatment, President Lungu said he looked up to him and Founding Republican President Kaunda.
"As surviving former presidents of our nation, Your Excellency, Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda, and His Excellency, Dr Kenneth David Kaunda, you are always sources of inspiration for me. I, therefore, wish you quick recovery as you battle cancer," President Lungu wrote.
President Lungu commended Mr Banda for being open about his health.
"That is a mark of love for the country and its people,” President Lungu said, “and we all should respond by wishing him well.”
Mr Banda (83) – who was President of Zambia from 2008 to 2011 - last week disclosed that he had been diagnosed with cancer of the colon and was undergoing treatment.
“I have been moved to make this announcement taking into consideration that although this is a personal and private matter, the Zambian people who honored me with the privilege to serve them as head of State, for which I will remain grateful and indebted, deserve to know that I have been diagnosed with cancer,” a statement from the office of the country’s fourth president said.