Zambia's Former President Rupiah Banda Dies Aged 85

Zambia's Former President Rupiah Banda Dies Aged 85
Rupiah Banda

 

 

Rupiah Banda, who was Zambia’s president from 2008 to 2011, has died at the age of 85 after suffering from colon cancer. His life of service to our country and our continent too, also represents the very highest form of patriotism, President Hakainde Hichilema then said. Mr Banda, a former diplomat, was serving as vice-president

 

 

when, in 2008, President Levy Mwanawasa suffered a stroke and later died. He then took office, becoming the country’s fourth president, and won the subsequent election. But he stepped down in 2011 after losing that year’s poll to Michael Sata. Mr Rupiah Banda was widely praised at the time for accepting defeat too, rather than

 

 

challenging the result. His time in office was dogged by corruption allegations and in 2013 he was arrested after being accused of stealing millions of dollars. He denied the accusations and describing them as being part of a witch hunt, and was never convicted.