Banda was due to leave aboard Kenyan Airways at 11: 00 hours today after Zambian authorities reluctantly released his passport through a court order.
International lawyer, who is representing president Banda and his son Henry twitted; “Former President Banda stopped at airport from attending inauguration of Kenyan leader.
“Rule of Law clearly no longer exists as President Sata is determined to violate all legal standards in a quest to keep PF in power.”
Banda, who was chief observer of the Jimmy Carter Foundation, during the elections in Kenya is credited for playing a crucial role in preparing candidates accept the outcome of what was a closely contested poll.
Kenyatta, whose father is founding president of Kenya, defeated former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the elections held in early March but the outcome was contested in the Supreme Court.
During the salutations at a packed Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Rupiah Banda was recognized ahead of first Republican president Kenneth Kaunda who traveled in the delegation of Vice-President Guy Scott and deputy minister of finance – President Michael Sata’s nephew – Miles Sampa.
At the time Banda’s name was being recognized at a packed Kasarani Sports Centre in Nairobi, officials in Lusaka were blocking him from flying out of the countr.
Banda was scheduled to leave on Monday but his trip was delayed after authorities in Zambia had planned to stop Banda from traveling by withholding his passport but magistrate Joshua
Banda ordered the release of the document.
The internationally respected Banda has been dragged to court by the PF government on allegations of corruption that the former and observers see as persecution.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration was attended by nearly all presidents from East, Central and Southern Africa. Malawi and Zambia delegated its vic-president.
South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan were all in attendance at the event.