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Rupiah Banda, Who Ruled Zambia for Three Years, Dies at 85

  • He was arrested on graft charges in 2013 but was acquitted
  • Steered the economy through the global financial crisis
Rupiah Banda in 2009.
Rupiah Banda in 2009.Photographer: Desmond Kwande/AFP/Getty Images

Rupiah Banda, who ruled Zambia for three years and faced corruption charges after leaving office on which he was acquitted, has died. He was 85.

Banda died on Friday night, his son Andrew said by phone. Banda announced in October 2020 that he was battling colon cancer.