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It's a weird world: former Zambian President reveals why he wept.

Rupiah Banda says he cried after losing elections because he enjoyed being President and travelling.

And former president Banda, who feels he is being persecuted, said before removing his immunity, the government must find ways of resolving matters with him. Responding to questions from journalists on why he wept after the September 20 electoral defeat by the PF, Banda said he enjoyed being called 'Mr President' and his loss also meant his friends would have no jobs. He said he shed tears because it was an emotional occasion for him and that his colleagues would lose jobs and their children would not go to school. "It was an emotional occasion. I am human like anybody else. I am human, it was emotional. I was sitting in front of you and all of you were there. My colleagues with whom I had worked for three wonderful years were with me. It's a very fair question. It was a mixture of all things and of course I enjoyed working for you. I enjoyed working for the Zambian people, so I shouldn't pretend and say being President I didn't enjoy. Of course I did enjoy to be called Mr President, to travel on your behalf and to make friends on your behalf, so that was a very emotional moment. It was very emotional for me. I was praying for this country to go forward, that there should be no fighting and also you remember that there were people who were sharpening knives and saying that we are going to spill blood if these elections don't go their way. I didn't want any of that, but now the load is off my head," he said during a press briefing at his residence in Lusaka.
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Title Annotation:Community & Culture
Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Mar 23, 2012
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