“I will prove my innocence” RB

President Rupiah Banda has reaffirmed his confidence in the Zambian judicial system and is hopeful that his innocence will eventually be established.

Mr Banda said that fact he availed himself to the courts was a pointer to his confidence in its ability to dispense justice fairly.

Speaking yesterday morning in a live BBC News Day programme, President Banda said that as a law-abiding citizen, he had a duty to submit himself to the justice system when required to do so.

“Like I said from the very beginning, I am confident in our courts and, like everything, I have agreed to submit myself to the hearings in the courts as a good citizen,” he told the BBC’s Lawrence Pollard in a phone-in interview from London.

Asked on whether it had now become a trend for every Zambian President to prosecute their predecessors, President Banda said he had not expected himself to be in his current predicament.

On his upcoming trip to South Africa to attend the 2013 African Presidential Roundtable at the invitation of the Boston University African Presidential Centre, President Banda said he was hopeful that he would be enabled to leave the country.

Last week Mr Banda was not allowed to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the African Union 50th anniversary celebrations for unexplained reasons.