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 2011-03-28 03:20 pm Back to NEWS
‘Banda’s changed Zambian politics’

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) executive director Neo Simutanyi has said President Rupiah Banda’s tolerant approach has changed Zambia’s political dispensation as there is now more debate on issues and Government policy.

Dr Simutanyi a political analyst and a former University of Zambia (UNZA) lecturer in the school of political science said in Lusaka yesterday that because of his political experience and maturity, President Banda was more tolerant.

“President Banda is much more tolerant and there has been a lot of criticism of the Government because of the tolerance by the man on the top.

“When you pick a newspaper, the critical newspapers in Zambia you can see that there is so much criticism some of which you can’t find in other countries. This has been facilitated by the tolerance of the president,” he said.

Dr Simutanyi said Zambians now knew much more about Government operations because there has been increased discussion on Government policy by various players and stakeholders.

“There has been more discussion on Government policy whether negative or positive because of the political environment. Zambians know more of what is happening in Government whether positive or negative, this has changed how politics is done,” he said.

He said the president’s tolerance could be seen from the manner he handles criticism.

He, however, said that was also helping Zambians to critically evaluate institutions and organisations especially the media.

“Late president Levy Mwanawasa brought in some level of professionalism in dealing with political opponents. President Banda with his political experience and because he knows the likes of Mr Michael Sata and the other players, his approach has been more mature than the last two presidents,” he said.

UNZA lecturer in the department of political science and administrative studies Phineas Bbaala said President Banda’s tolerance was good for the country’s democracy.

“Democracy calls for the tolerance of divergent views. I am happy that President Banda’s Government is willing to listen to people’s views,” he said.



 
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