FOURTH president Rupiah Banda says restoration of his presidential and constitutional immunity has closed a difficult chapter and a period in history characterised by falsehoods and provocation aimed at dividing Zambians.
He has thanked parliamentarians and everyone who stood by him when he was stripped of his immunity
Mr Banda said this in a statement issues by his administrative assistant Mikatazo Wakumelo.
He said the restoration of his immunity by the High court last week closed a difficult chapter of his life.
Mr Banda said time had come to move forward into a new period of public dialogue in Zambia.
He said people were tired of personally motivated cycles of vengeance and score settling.
“The time has come to move forward into a new period of public dialogue in Zambia. Zambians deserve leadership without insults, honest debate instead of attacks, and, above all, unity in place of division,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Banda thanked all those who supported him during the restoration of his presidential immunity by the High court last week
“Four and a half years ago, I spent my last day in office as President of our Republic. Though it has been a short period of time, our country has experienced dramatic changes, some positive and some tragic.
“For me personally and on behalf of my family, friends, and colleagues, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to all those who made it possible for the restoration of my constitutionally mandated presidential provisions in last week’s High Court decision,” he recalled.
Mr Banda thanked parliamentarians from multiple political parties who with courage and tenacity fought against the motion to lift the immunity brought by Wynter Kabimba on the floor of the National Assembly on March 15, 2013.
“I also thank the MPs who signed as sureties for bond and bail. I thank my legal team for their tireless dedication and pursuit of justice, and my family’s unwavering support.
“Throughout this entire saga, you have all stood firm on what is right and what is true, and the result would not have been possible without your help,” he said.
Mr Banda also extended profound gratefulness to all those who supported him at court and other venues.