Former Republican President Rupiah Banda this morning was arrested and later released on police bond.
Banda, who appeared before a combined team of government investigation wings, has been charged with abuse of authority of office contrary to section 99 of the penal code sub 87 of the laws of Zambia.
He was released on bond after producing two working sureties, who are MMD vice president for administration Brian Chituwo and his administrative assistance Mikatazo Wakumelo.
The former head of state has also paid KR 500, 000 in his own recognisance and will appear in the magistrate court tomorrow morning.
Speaking after his release, his lawyer Sakwiba Sikota said it is still very clear that the investigations team does not know why they are interrogating his client.
The former head of state Rupiah Banda said he is ready to go through the entire process because he is a law abiding citizen.
And confirming the arrest and release of the former head of state, investigations team spokesperson Namukolo Kasumpa confirmed that Banda has also surrendered his passport.
Kasumpa said interrogations will continue on Thursday, 4th April, 2012.
Rupiah says he will apply for his seased passport to be given to him and if his application is not considered it is okay by him
and Rupiah’s lawyer Sakwiba Sikota said the joint investigations team still lacks evidence hence them charging him for the Nigerian oil deal only.