Following a controversial debacle on July 4th in which the current
President of Zambia Michael Sata publically attacked
ist-who-is-in-zambia-to-pay-back ] former U.S. President George W. Bush, the
former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda has sent a letter to Bush's offices
offering an apology on behalf of the Zambian people.
"It is deeply regrettable that such statements were made on the same day as
the celebration of your Independence Day, marking the universally shared hope
of self-determination and freedom that inspires oppressed people of the world,"
President Banda wrote in the letter to President Bush. "No matter what
political views different parties may hold, the people of Zambia are peace
loving, welcoming, and focused positively on the future, not the past. We are
especially grateful for your generous contribution to women's healthcare in our
During a ceremony held at State House, President Sata castigated President
Bush in front of the audience as a "colonialist" who had "stolen Africa's
resources" and had returned to pay it back.
"And you have all drifted away; you have abandoned Africa after taking all
our raw commodities, our raw materials and build your cities," President Sata
said to President Bush at the press conference. "I mean, as far as you are
concerned Africa doesn't exist. And when we have a former colonialist like you
coming back to pay back what you took out of this country we are grateful."
The letter of apology sent by former President Banda to former President
Bush recognized the important work of the Pink Ribbon / Red Ribbon charity
According to the George W. Bush Presidential Center website, the visit by
the former American head of state included the opening of the new African
Center of Excellence for Women's Cancer Control at University Teaching
Hospital, the donation of a new electronic hub (e-Hub), and the announcement of
aid from Airborne Lifeline, a nonprofit organization that will provide
airfreight services for medical equipment and transport medical personnel and
For further information and the text of former President of Zambia Rupiah
Banda's letter contact Kennedy Limwanya, Press Aide, on +260977827563 or email
him at email@example.com or Richard Elsen +44-7-886-757-307
SOURCE: Office of the Former Zambian President Rupiah Banda