Former President Ernest Bai Koroma has condoled with the government and people of Zambia over the passing of former President Rupiah Banda.

Banda died at the age of 85.

The former president’s condolence message was contained in a social media post.

Koroma, while commiserating with Zambian President, Hakainde Hichilema, called for approximation of the former leader’s footprints, starting with his service as a career diplomat and when he was vice-president and acting president, before leading the country from 2008 to 2011.

He particularly noted the stewardship and statesmanship of Banda, who handed over power in 2011 and also guided a peaceful transition in the country in 2021, urging leaders and citizens to always allow democracy to win.

Koroma also prayed for the repose of his soul.

“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Zambia’s former President Rupiah Banda. He was a very humble, friendly statesman who deeply loved his country and family.

“President Banda showed an inspiring sense of patriotism, forthrightness and fairness throughout those negotiations which resulted in the historic peaceful transition of August 2021.

“My condolences to Mrs. Thandiwe Banda and the entire Banda Family, as well as to the Government and people of Zambia. May his soul Rest In Perfect Peace! 🙏🏼🕊”, He wrote.