In an environment steeped in highly polarized politics, there are few individuals that hold the light that things could be better in Zambian politics. Many are seen in highly partisan colours and offer little else to the general public other than their near zealotry partisan affiliation.
Before they stand up to speak their thoughts are preordained by their political affiliation. But here are few that stand out that even their sworn adversaries have to testify to their high political and moral standing.
Charles Romel Banda is very easily one of those universally acceptable political choices outside the highly political environment that Zambia is drenched in at the moment. Banda has been in and outside the limelight over a political career that spurns over 20 years.
He is currently deployed as Tourism and Arts Minister and although his work hardly hits headlines he has been making a mark not only through his hard work but most importantly his quiet leadership.
Banda has been quietly engaging the world on the tourism opportunities in Zambia drawing attention to more than just the Victoria Falls. Not many ordinary citizens may be conscious of his presence but Banda is definitely one of the personalities whose persona could help give attractiveness to politics.
While he retains this gentlemanly demeanour Banda is very much a product of hard knuckled politics. Having served out a dismissal during his days at ZNBC as a journalist due to his fierce was very much recognizable in the days of the Zambia Independent Media Association (ZIMA) before fate inevitably lead him to politics where he contested and won the Kapoche parliamentary in 2001 under the FDD ticket. After having served his five year mandate Banda lost his seat in 2006 but retained his role in politics opting to join Michael Sata’s opposition Patriotic Front alongside another strong opposition voice in former Kasenengwa lawmaker Timothy Nyirenda. When the Patriotic Front won elections in 2011, Banda was deservedly nominated to parliament where his service once again remained distinguished. In 2016 the Patriotic Front called upon him to serve the people of Kapoche as Member of Parliament and continues to do his thing.
Admirably in an environment that is heavily polluted by politics, Banda remains one of the level headed personalities are great country can still delight in.