His Excellency Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia
In His Own Words
“I have been moved to make this announcement, taking into consideration that, although it is a personal and private matter, which was initially only known by my close relatives, including my two sisters, Mrs. Velesi Katema, Mrs. Seba Zulu, my younger brother, Mr. James Banda, and my children here in Zambia and diaspora led by my eldest son, James Banda, the Zambian people who honoured me with the privilege to serve them as Head of State, for which I will remain forever grateful and indebted, deserve to know that I have been diagnosed with cancer of the colon.
Most importantly as the nation will no doubt recall that I lost my first wife, Hope Makulu Banda, to cancer and as fate would have it, my wife, Thandiwe Chilongo Banda is a cancer survivor, therefore, her counsel, encouragement and support, born out of her own experience, after having successfully battled this type of disease, is a great source of inspiration and comfort to me.
I am very grateful to His Excellency President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu for his personal support and that of government in facilitating for my treatment.
So I continue to battle against this terrible disease , I ask for your prayers and with the Grace of God,I will be able to overcome.