Music icon Lucius Banda, popularly known as Soldier, says there is possibility for him to bounce back into politics if the environment remains conducive. He told FM101’s John Mota aka DJ Atom that should he decide to bounce back, he will do so after thorough consultations.
He, however, expressed disappointment over the decision by senior members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who have since abandoned the party before their leader, Bingu wa Muthalika, is buried. He said their conduct reminds him of the song ‘NTHAWI’ which he did when he was incarcerated by the fallen wa Muthalika.
‘I feel sorry for Bingu’s brother, Peter, to whom DPP politburo showed their loyalty as 2014 torch bearer’, agonized Soldier. ‘How could they live Peter alone?’ wondered Banda. He urged people to forget the past and mourn the president with respect.
The Balaka-based musician was arrested and imprisoned on what many believe to be politically-motivated charges bordering on the validity of his school certification. As Member of Parliament, he tabled impeachment procedures which Muthalika thought targeted him for dumping the United Democratic Front (UDF), the party that sponsored him into power.
Banda spent 21 months in the cooler before the appeals at the higher courts rendered the sentence as excessive and faulted the lower [magistrates] court. He however, maintained that what he and his family went through strengthened him and that he now understands how other people feel when they are going through difficult time.