‘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
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
“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,”
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.
said the president’s tolerance could be seen from the manner he handles
He, however, said that was also helping Zambians to critically
evaluate institutions and organisations especially the media.
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
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.