“I just want to take this opportunity to thank many of you who have sent whatever little assistance you have to the party. The Ambassador to the EU was telling me that the convention was wonderful; it was wonderful because of those little monies that you sent to us...We spent all this money in order to ensure that our party has an open convention. I am saying little only as a description but we are so appreciative as the party that you sent us this support.....We still need your support as we go forward because of the elections which are there this year and we are going to need money for fuel to move, we are going to need money to feed our cadres, we are going to need money for materials for the campaign; we are going to need a lot of help, so whatever organisation you can make in order to support us we will really appreciate. Thank you very much for the support you have given us so far..."
President Banda pleading for funding from a supposedly non-partisan Foreign Service. This should be considered an abuse of office. The President has turned the foreign service into a funding pot for his re-election campaign. The Foreign Service, which is supposed to be non-partisan like the entire civil service, has repeatedly come under criticism from the civil society and other interest groups for mainly consisting of the President’s relatives, friends and ruling MMD cadres. With civil service being a cash cow, any plea for a rational "foreign relations policy" is lost on deaf ears. Is it any surprise that we continue to see a plethora of embassies, without a strong business case? When are Zambians going to start demanding some semblance of common sense from our leaders? If we don't start demanding a certain degree of professionalism from those who are paid very high wages abroad, this will continue government after government. It will never end until our people begin to stand up for themselves. There's absolutely no excuse for the President's position.