Zambia’s immediate past President, Rupiah Banda was on Monday arrested for abuse of authority while in office. According to a spokeswoman of the Government’s investigative team, Banda was picked up on suspicion of abuse of authority over a Nigerian oil deal. The former President who ruled Zambia from June 20, 2008 to September 23, 2011 appeared before an official panel to answer questions bordering on corruption during his three-year rule. Banda was stripped of Presidential immunity last week and was taken through three gruelling hours of questioning before he was released on bail. He is expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday.
Before he became President, he had served in diplomatic capacities and was appointed Vice President by President Levy Mwanawasa in 2006. Banda assumed the President’s responsibilities after Mwanawasa suffered a stroke in 2008. He contested the country’s presidential election in 2011 but lost to Michael Sata. The former President has stated that he is being witchunted.