Zambia: Tearful Banda concedes defeat

2011-09-23 11:32

Lusaka - Wiping away a tear, Zambian president Rupiah Banda conceded electoral defeat on Friday to opposition leader Michael Sata and urged his supporters in Africa's biggest copper producer to accept the result peacefully.

"The people of Zambia have spoken and we must all listen," Banda told a news conference, with his wife Thandiwe standing at his side. "Now is not the time for violence and retribution. Now is the time to unite and build tomorrow's Zambia together.

"My generation, the generation of the independence struggle, must now give way to new ideas, ideas for the 21st century."

  • adrian.bruwer - 2011-09-23 11:38

    Good leadership to admit defeat and to move on.

      muso - 2011-09-23 11:44

      Zimbabwe must vote in a similar way and take out mugabe.

      Rural-boy - 2011-09-23 11:59

      @ Muso I was going to say the same thing. thanks. I say the opposition must be strong enough defeat any obstruction to their success

      zaatheist - 2011-09-23 12:00

      It is wonderful to see democracy at work in Africa. I am sure the country will prosper as a result.

      Sam - 2011-09-23 12:01

      Zimbabwe wants SA to take Mugabe out, not them

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-23 12:48

      There's still hope...

      Anton - 2011-09-23 12:53

      Totally amazing!!!! A true African leader who cares about his country and its people. Put Rupiah Banda in charge of the AU, and he will soon sort out the BS, that's been going on there for years!!!

      letsee - 2011-09-23 22:18

      Inspiring news. In South Africa the ANC would not accept defeat, not now not in the future.

  • Banana_Republic - 2011-09-23 11:38

    Where's Mbeki to suggest that to keep everyone happy (the guys with the big houses and big Mercs anyway) that Banda & Sata should share power?

      Rural-boy - 2011-09-23 12:01

      Note: the Zambians have spoken not dictated by anyone even if they had said they wanted Banda we had no say in that.

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:25

      Don't be such a knuckle, Banana-Republic. The elections went peacefully and there is an outcome.

      CITIZEN - 2011-09-23 16:43

      daaivark peacefully my ass there were fighting all over i know we work with zambians and banda not so good as we think he tried to rig the votes but zambia people decided they want change now as in history we wait to see when rapiah banda going to be arrested

  • Justin Schon - 2011-09-23 11:40

    Well done Zambia. Shed the light to Mugabe! I support positive news and this is good for democracy in Africa!

      Liberated - 2011-09-23 11:57

      what makes you so sure zim folks prefer the other guy to Mugabe

      Sam - 2011-09-23 12:03

      Justin have you ever been to Zim? Zimbabweans vote for Mugabe, so it is only fair he stays in power.

      CherryTree - 2011-09-23 12:35

      @Liberated, @Sam - I've spoken to many Zimbabweans, and they virtually all agree that Mugabe is bad for them and their country. I'm pretty sure they prefer Tzvangirai over Mugabe. @Sam - it wasn't a free and fair election, so it's not fair he stays in power.

      Sam - 2011-09-23 12:49

      @CherryTree, If you read SA news papers you swear that everyone hates ANC and Malema. But how they win election to me its a mystery. Just read article here on news 24 and see what people are saying...? The question is who do you speak to?

      africanwolf - 2011-09-23 12:59

      @ Sam it is because most Zimbabweans that support the MDC fled to South Africa, fearing for their lives therefore there is no one to vote

      Sam - 2011-09-23 13:04

      @africanwolf, A bit of truth in this statement, whoes fault is it that they don't go back for election. They need to take it serious and make it a point that they start saving today to have enough money to go back for elections.

      Khoisan X - 2011-09-23 13:06

      At the last election, Mugabe was said (by the opposition) to have cheated and his votes were said to be more like low 40's %. This is a big number considering how he's messed up his country. Can anyone from Zimbabwe please tell me why is it that ordinary Zimbabweans still vote for this tyrant? It cannot be people that benefited or continue to benefit from him judging by the state of that country.

      Anton - 2011-09-23 13:09

      Sam, There are few, IF ANY !!, countries in the world, where MILLIONS of its citizens go accross the border of a neighbouring country, TO STAY ALIVE !!!!!! So, don't talk absolute garbage!!!!!

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:26

      Sam, when last were YOU there? I would suggest that you are ill-informed re the sentiments of the people on the ground.

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:29

      Sam, people are brutalised regularly. As one citizen said in an interview, when the interviewer asked what she wanted to see in Zim, she looked startled and then bemused. Her response: "You don't expect me to talk about politics in Zimbabwe?" That is what is known as a culture of fear.

      Sam - 2011-09-23 13:29

      @Khoisan X, valid question. Let me ans u. It is pointless to be an economic giant, but most stay in poverty, staying in shacks eating siht. As much as we need the west (I mean foreign inverters we also have the right to live and enjoy the wealth of our country). We were living in a situation whereby either whites own everything or foreign investor is leaving. Even though we hate Bob currently we are not impressed by the way Morgan is so quick to run to the west with any issue that we have. We feel the guy is going to sell us back again very quickly. If you read Zim's new mining rights chater is says 50% must be own by locals or you may leave Zim. SA mining companied threatened to leave but they haven't so far they are still mining platinum in Zim. As much as it may seem like they are doing us a favor by mining in Zim, it seems like they are also benefiting because they are refusing to hand over to Chinese companies that are willing to abide by Zim laws. do you see the verdict...?

      africanwolf - 2011-09-23 13:30

      @ Sam Zimbabweans came to SA for the reason that there is no way to make a living there . the economy is destroyed by investor unfriendly policies of the current regime. I don't say that African's must not own land, I argue about the way it's been done there.

      Sam - 2011-09-23 13:32

      @daaivark, yes I also read an interview in may that people don't want Malema in may. But are u aware that he won a second ANC youth league fair and square? He did, it was in Midrand JHB, the media was there and everything. What does that tell you?

      Sam - 2011-09-23 13:44

      @africanwolf, Why doesn't Zimplats leave Zim like all the other investors?

      BRONZE - 2011-09-23 14:03

      Sam it's not the ordinary youth out there that vote for Malema, it's people inside the youth league, the provincial representatives. You talk as though every Black youth in the country belongs to the league and that we all have voting powers come time for ANCYL ellections.

      Anton - 2011-09-23 14:41

      Sam, I think you grossly underestimate the African youth. I would be very surprised if in a few years time, the ANCYL will have the same kind of leadership. And let's hope they will listen to leaders like Banda; "My generation, the generation of independence struggle, must now give way to new ideas for the 21st century"

      africanwolf - 2011-09-23 14:43

      @ Sam Zimplats won't leave for the simple reason that they have already invested millions in the mines there, do you expect them to just leave everything and give it to the Chinese for free?

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 15:12

      Sam, I fail to see the connection between what you say and the fear of a woman in Zimbabwe. I can't comment, as your remark just doesn't relate.

      Michael Marange - 2011-09-23 15:18

      The light we are going to shed is VOTE BOB BACK

      Michael Marange - 2011-09-23 15:20

      CherryTree , Which Zimbabweans . Iam Zimbabwean and I want Mugabe to rule until Death. That's democracy.

      Michael Marange - 2011-09-23 15:23

      Khoisan X -, Come to Zimbabwe first and you will see why we keep voting him. Your hatred will not change anything . Iam waiting to Vote for any time. What can you expect from a Khoisan?

      Michael Marange - 2011-09-23 15:27

      @ Anton - I am in Harare right now . Why am I not in South Africa? The reason for migration is an age old proverb. The reason pinkers are here is because they saw opportunity the same applies to the few Zimbabweans there. I think by now you know that after this registration the figure of Zimbos is no where near even 700 000. 250 000 registered and even doubling that will not come to the imagined figure. Let elections come so I vote for BOB.

      Sam - 2011-09-23 15:47

      @Michael Marange, people are thumb sucking. I was developing software in Zim couple of weeks back. The problem with the media it report one side and the story and amplifies it. Before SA elections I was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Zille is gonna win this, she was on TV every day. The media was mobilizing people behind Zille but ANC won...the media is biased. And we should let Zim people choose their gov. And companies like Zimplats and all anti BOB, should just leave Zim in peace or cooperate with the countries laws. People of Zim have the right to make laws that suit them, not SA or West. As for daaivark you dumb my man. U patronizing crap is not reasoning. U make it seem like people who don't support ur views are dumb, no they are not. They have different views thats all. Apartheid and western laws suit you like a hand in clove, there are people who are not favoured by those laws hence they have different views

      Anton - 2011-09-23 16:16

      Michael Marange, There is no problem you think like this. THAT is your democratic right. But it is very very doubtful, that if you would have had free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, that this mugabe would still be there. Sorry, but for me it is more than certain , that when one of these mornings this tyrant does not wake up, many will be dancing in the streets of Zimbabwe. And maybe to get some idea of the suffering of your African brothers and sisters, take a trip to Bulawayo. Eighty percent of factories and businesses closed, and what used to be one of the more vibrant cities in Africa, turned into a ghost town, with most of its population here in SA But, don't are on the "right" side, YOU WON'T GET ARRESTED AND BEATEN UP !!!!!

      Anton - 2011-09-23 16:26

      Sam, So sad, that many, even the ones that have never set foot in Zimbabwe, seem to know your country, so much better than you do. Start opening your eyes, stop reading the Herald, and switch of the Zimbabwean state TV. Than, do a small test. Go and stand on any corner in central Harare, and than say aloud; "I think this mugabe is a thug" Than, if you are not arrested and/or beaten up by sunset, I will swallow every word I said to you. But than , you must also be honest, and tell me , if under those circumstances, one can have free and fair elections!!!!!!!

  • Bennie - 2011-09-23 11:44

    mmm , some will steal for the last time and some for the first time !!!

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 12:28

      And that means what? Let's try for something intelligible this time, okay.

  • Squirly - 2011-09-23 11:44

    "My generation, the generation of the independence struggle, must now give way to new ideas, ideas for the 21st century." Hey Bob, are you listening?

      kidblack - 2011-09-23 11:48

      i think Bob is smoking too much A grade crack to care.

      jeremy - 2011-09-23 12:07

      It's not just Bob Mugabe who should be listening - but Zuma and the ANC too. It may take a few years yet, but sooner or later, the voters will get tired of the ANC. I hope then they will concede defeat as gracefully as Banda appears to have done.....

      Set - 2011-09-23 12:08

      Am sure Banda was directing these words to Bob!!great stuff!!

  • Jake the Hake - 2011-09-23 11:46

    Brilliant leadership!!!

  • CherryTree - 2011-09-23 11:50

    Such maturity in Africa! Cool!

      Crunchiessss - 2011-09-23 11:55

      It left two people dead! Maybe maturity is not the word.

      Sam - 2011-09-23 12:11

      Sothern Africa except swaziland is very cool. Look at us Mbeki stepped down without creating any havoc

      CherryTree - 2011-09-23 12:21

      @Crunchiessss - I was referring to Pres Banda's act here, not to how people behaved in the run-up to this election. His act reflects mature leadership. Immaturity amongst the populace is unfortunately to be taken for granted. But let's hope the populist Sata can display similar level-headedness and maturity now that he has won. Facing up to the Chinese, whom he resisted as part of his election platform, will require a lot of finesse.

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 12:29

      In terms of modern world politics, two dead is not bad at all, Crunchie.

      mj - 2011-09-23 12:51

      naive brainwashed by onesided western history

  • Set - 2011-09-23 11:56

    Commentable statesman!! Bob must learn then the world would be a better place

      Sam - 2011-09-23 12:08

      Who is voting for Bob? ZImbabwean. Or maybe you want the AfriForum and Afrkaanerbond to go vote in Zim. The rules are simple and straight forward. If u win the elections, you take power. If ZIm people vote him in. We must accept the results, whether you like him or not that's another story

      Rural-boy - 2011-09-23 12:25

      thanks Sam

      jakethepeg - 2011-09-23 12:29

      And if you don,t like the result, like Bob, you declare it null and void and call another election until you get the result you want!

      Sam - 2011-09-23 12:43

      @jakethepeg, you hate Bob period and you don't care what Zimbabweans think. I was in Zim during elections my man, most people didn't like Morgan either. The Zim elections reflect Zim peoples feeling, they got 50/50 they must share until people vote otherwise. One thing that you seem not to know is that people have never been ruled by a gov they don't like. No matter how powerful it maybe. Read your history or just look around. If people really want you out, you will go out. Stop talking as if Zim people have selected you as their spoke person.

      Upscale - 2011-09-23 12:50

      @Sam , now Sam be reasonable.When it took five weeks suppossedly to count the ballot papers, you think they were counting the vote cast by Zimbabweans? Suddenly these Zimbabweans cant count, cant tally? Afriforum and Afrikaanebond are not needed in Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans will vote and again kick out Mugabe.What I am not sure they can do is kick him out the Libian way should he decide to take five months counting the vote!

      Sam - 2011-09-23 13:16

      @Upscale, Are u aware that Morgan is not Zim people no. 1.

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:31

      Upscale, you expect too much from Sam. He seems a bit blinded to reason.

  • slick rick - 2011-09-23 12:00

    Thank you Mr Banda

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-23 12:52

      At least he has conceded defeat + is prepared to bow out gracefully. This is what true democracy is about - leaders come + leaders go. Hats off to the man.

  • Le Roux Viljoen - 2011-09-23 12:03

    Absolutely brilliant leadership qualities. I am always deeply saddened by leaders who turn their countries upside down in a desperate attempt to cling to power going against the wishes of the people. This is a true icon of democracy in action Go well Lusaka.

  • William - 2011-09-23 12:07


      Rustique - 2011-09-23 12:32

      Zambia is not important to the economic interests of France, otherwise there would have been a revolution caused by the neo-colonialists in Paris.

      Michael Marange - 2011-09-23 15:35

      Cancer or Not BOB will be standing the in the next elections. If you people analysed our issues well you would realise that this Tea boy has no support at all. Look in 2008 at the height of sanction induced economic problem he failed to defeat Mugabe. Zanu PF supporters who wanted change instead voted for Simb Makoni instead of Morgan . That is 250 000. If they really wanted Tea boy they could have voted for him and no run off would have been necessary. Now with the success of the Land reform plus empowerment who would vote for a puppet?

      CITIZEN - 2011-09-23 16:49

      william he did not concede defeat there roiting all over and vote rigging from banda's side we know we work with zambians

  • vegetarian - 2011-09-23 12:08

    It is clear that where western countries are not involved, order prevails.

      CherryTree - 2011-09-23 12:16

      What a naive comment.

      mj - 2011-09-23 12:49

      Everywhere where there are westerners there are porblems. Causing wars,stealing of land/resources,demonising of locals,racism,bigotry,crass materialism, greed,anticompetitive behaviour,..etc

      Le Roux Viljoen - 2011-09-23 12:54

      And yet while the AU is sitting on their collective hands for meetings about Somalia, the western countries are bringing in food. Its strange how we like western countries when we hold a empty bowl in our hands

      mj - 2011-09-23 13:00

      If we look at BBEEE deals in south africa there is some fat kebble like character and some suspect lawyer thats just as "fat".

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:32

      veggie, with respect, that is plain crap.

  • Kokoumbo - 2011-09-23 12:19

    it warms my heart to read words of maturity and wisdom from a true gentleman! I hope other greedy African leaders will take note and learn from this example if they really have their people's interests at heart.

  • sefeddt - 2011-09-23 12:23

    "My generation, the generation of the independence struggle, must now give way to new ideas, ideas for the 21st century." Ray of hope for the rest of Africa, lets hope this man goes onto replace Mbeki as an Africa mediator

  • coen - 2011-09-23 12:23

    What a leader. Can this be a lesson to all other African leaders.

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 12:27

      One can only hope so.

      2002 - 2011-09-23 12:35

      These leaders are put in places by us citizens, the powers to remove them when not serving our interest lies with us the voters,

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:37

      And there lies the problem, 2002. People do not vote with their brains, but follow traditional allegiances and such nonsense. Not ideal at all, but there we have it.

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-23 14:25

      Daaivark that is precicely why the Nats stayed in power for so long - 46 years. The people voted out of tradition + not with open minds. We have a repeat of that senario now in South Africa. That's why the ANC are still in power after failing dismally.

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 15:14

      I would support that view 100% KarooOstrich. No dispute at all.

  • viman - 2011-09-23 12:34

    that shows that African leaders are exercising democracy, only one leader will regret, his reigns was hell ''Mugabe''

  • Liberated - 2011-09-23 12:40

    Congratulations Zambia. Have always thot Zambians are a level headed bunch

  • William - 2011-09-23 12:42

    Well done MR BANDA. That is how it should be done in the rest of Africa. I hope all African presidents can follow your example. There is life after the presidency.

  • Liberated - 2011-09-23 12:47

    Why do white folks hate Mugabe that much and yet so dearly love Madiba

      Anton - 2011-09-23 13:00

      Liberated, YOU, will NEVER EVER understand this!!!!!!!!

      Ozymandios - 2011-09-23 13:08

      Liberated it is because Mandela came and libertaed this country and acted on behalf of ALL of us whites included and Mugabe has, as is/are other African leaders, set about sowing seeds of total anarchy and destruction. Now if you cannot digest that simple fact then I think you need to do a little more than liberate your brain I suggest you crawl away into your little hole and hibernate for another 500 years. Because soon, I can just about guarantee that you are going to ask another very (and totally) stupid question being..... Why do whites like Mandela but not Juliarse Dilema and Zooooma? Jawell no fine!

      mj - 2011-09-23 13:09

      Actually they did love him once when he allowed them a lot of benefits. Since he has now become "assertive" they obviously hate him. It was to do with money.

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:39

      Because Mugabe is a brutal, powercrazed madman. It's that simple. It is sheer madness even to try and compare him to a man of Mandela's stature.

      Ingie - 2011-09-23 13:44


      daaivark - 2011-09-23 15:14

      Ja Ingie, by now we all know you don't. Shame.

  • murdie99 - 2011-09-23 12:48

    Excellent. Banda has shown by example what can be done. The Ivory Coast and other African leaders can learn a valuable lesson from this gracious exit!! Robert Mugabe will only go in a coffin it would seem!!!

      em_oh! - 2011-09-23 20:16

      The sooner the better

  • EdnaP - 2011-09-23 12:49

    I salute you, Pres. Banda. One of the few GOOD African leaders that was left.

  • Jabu777 - 2011-09-23 12:51

    Great to see democracy in action, weldone Zambia

  • Bullet - 2011-09-23 12:53

    Give that African Man a Bells!!!

      Ingie - 2011-09-23 13:45


  • mike.kgatla - 2011-09-23 12:56

    true leadership indeed.

  • Tolerant - 2011-09-23 12:56

    This is a nice change to the norm of Africa. See Bob, this is how it is done.

  • khethani.sibanda - 2011-09-23 13:00

    Good for the nation to see the defeated Banda exit gracefully. This is true statesmanship. I wish the people of Zambia peace and prosperity. I pray health and wisdom to the newly elected leader. May God guide this Nation to sound economic revival and greater development.

  • Ozymandios - 2011-09-23 13:02

    Now can we imagine someojne like Zuma saying this when he eventually gets thrown out of office- and that's not too far away. Not likely - it'll take a stronger man than him to make such a statement. And so far his leadership has not come close to such a magnimnous exit as Mr Banda has just done. I actually think Mr Banda sees Zambia as a country he loves and not a Cash Till to be robbed as it seems to be in this country.

  • another day - 2011-09-23 13:03

    How refreshing to see an African leader concede defeat, and gracefully too.

  • - 2011-09-23 13:03

    Well done, an African president who has the balls to admit defeat and move out the way for change to happen. Well done!!

  • Ingie - 2011-09-23 13:36


      daaivark - 2011-09-23 13:40

      Oh give it a rest, Ingie.

      Ingie - 2011-09-23 13:51


      daaivark - 2011-09-23 15:15

      No, because your rants have become boring and predictable.

  • Michael Marange - 2011-09-23 15:17

    Muso,Rural boy, Thanks we are going to do the SAME VOTE FOR BOB!!! Lol

  • Stan - 2011-09-23 16:08

    Zimbabweans took Mugabe out and SA put him back.

      Michael Marange - 2011-09-23 17:02

      Satan (or Stan ) have you smoked Hashi shi or drank Kachasu? In March 2012 or any other time we will Vote BOB. If he dies we will put the Crocodile,ngwena Emmerson Mnangagwa!!

      V. Zela - 2011-09-23 18:54

      Hey Stan don't take Mike too seriously we are having a couple of drinks in a Gugs tavern

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-23 17:26


  • Mopao - 2011-09-23 17:40

    Ruppiah Banda is the 1st african president (if i'm not mistaken) to organize elections and loose and accept the results. he's a true leader. African presidents must follow his exemple and leadership.

  • HVS - 2011-09-23 18:30


  • charles - 2011-09-23 21:15

    We Zambians have always been the becon of democracy in Southern Africa. We liberated Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola and lastly South Africa. We will continue to be the light and the carriers of the hopes of many in Africa. We were the first African country to introduce multiparty politics in Southern Africa in 1991. Since then we have had 5 presidents and 3 political parties in government. Out founding fathers Kaunda, Chiluba (MHSRIP) Mwanawasa (MHSRIP) and now Banda must be proud of the foundation of democracy. I LOVE ZAMBIA ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION

      Ruth - 2011-11-17 04:43

      Zambia is a peaceful nation, and am proud to be one. There is a lot of political tension all around the world, but in our rich mineral continent its even worse because of all these different interests from around the world in it. People are fascinated by this magnificent continent, one thing i know for sure is that africa and its people is so reselient, we will fight and continue to fight for stability, I pray that one day we will rise above our problems. One love to all my people

  • letsee - 2011-09-23 22:18

    Inspiring news. In South Africa the ANC would not accept defeat, not now not in the future.

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