Former president Rupiah Banda has left for USA where he is going to be guest lecturer at Boston University in the field of democracy.
The former president has won international accolades for peacefully stepping down from power just after three years will first stop in South Africa where he will meet his family and friends, including his son Henry.
On Friday, Banda will fly to USA where he has been invited by the Carter foundation run by former USA president Jimmy Carter.
And the former president has appealed to all Zambians to continue upholding the tenets of peace and unity that the country has continued to enjoy.
Banda says it is important for people to remain peaceful and united all the time if the country is to fulfil and sustain its development agenda.
Banda also thanked Zambians for the mandate they gave him to rule Zambia for three years.
Banda said as a Zambian citizen he has a responsibility to contribute to national development and has since pledged his support to initiatives targeted at bringing about development.
He noted that with the experience that he will gain from the Boston University, he would ensure
Banda further added that he was looking forward to the assignment and that he has high expectations about it.
He stated that he would also use the opportunity to market Zambia’s strong democracy as the assignment involves democracy and international relations which he said are key to any country’s development.
Banda was supposed to stay in USA for over a year but he decided that he cannot be away from home for such a long time.
The former head of state is accompanied to USA by his Wife Thandiwe and their youngest Children Temwani and Duniya.