Former President Banda Honored with Crans Montana Award

Former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda was honored yesterday with the Prix de la Fondation of the Crans Montana Forum in recognition of his achievements in implementing and promoting democracy.

The award was presented by the Swiss-based organization following the 14th Homeland and Global Security Forum, where President Banda delivered a keynote speech on rule of law, transparency, and anti-corruption.

In his acceptance speech President Banda thanked Crans Montana Forum and dedicated the award to the people of Zambia.

“I learned a great deal during my time as President of Zambia, and I intend to continue reflecting and sharing these observations with the hope that subsequent generations will be able to overcome many of the challenges we faced,” Banda said. “And so, in accepting this award, I believe it would only be fair to dedicate it in the name of the Zambian people, to whom I wish great success, prosperity, and good luck today and into the future.”

Banda, who served as president from 2008-2011, stepped down last year after losing a narrow election to President Michael Sata.  Since retiring from politics, Banda has served as a Visiting President-in-Residence at Boston University and participated in election monitoring efforts along with the Carter Foundation.

Past recipients of the Prix de la Fondation of the Crans Montana Forum include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Aung San Syu Kyi, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Mahamadou Issoufou, among others.

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