“IT’S PAINFUL, REST IN PEACE LAWRENCE BANDA.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema writes below…
It was in a tense environment, that we put to rest our late member Lawrence Banda, known fondly as Gadaffi, at Leopard’s Hill Cemetery in Lusaka this afternoon.
He leaves behind a wife and two children who we will continue supporting. We have encouraged the family to remain strong and dedicate everything into the hands of the Almighty, who is their ultimate Defender.
For no apparent reason today, heavily armed State Police on several occasions attempted to block us from proceeding to the burial site to bury our deceased youth leader.
They fired gunshots and injured several of our people for no crime whatsoever as we were so peaceful and in mourning.
Our message to all the Police is that we are not fighting you but fighting for you and we mean well for you. When in government we will ensure your conditions of service are improved than what is currently obtaining under the PF regime.
We detest violence and it is for this reason that we will always stand up and stop it.
That is what our late member wanted.
Though gone, our brother Lawrence Banda’s hope of a better Zambia lives on in us and together with you and the help of God, almighty, this will surely happen.
Painful as it is, we say rest in peace Lawrence Banda.