By Kennedy Gondwe BBC World Service, Lusaka
Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has told the BBC that he is even more determined to rule the country after his release from prison today.
Hichelema, the leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), also said he was grateful to his supporters across Zambia.
Hichilema and five others had been in jail since April for treason – a charge he denies – following his motorcade’s alleged refusal to give way to that of President Edgar Lungu.
His release follows pressure from the Roman Catholic church, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and the Commonwealth.
The news was met with jubilant scenes at the Lusaka High Court and his motorcade drove around the streets of the capital in celebration.
Mr Hichilema is currently waiting to address crowds of supporters who have gathered at the UPND party offices in the capital, Lusaka. 13:00
Nobody who understands that what they stand for is correct can get intimidated because of incarceration.
“If anything, this brutal arrest and detention has probably made us ten times stronger.”
“We are delighted to be out of detention.I just want to thank all our supporters in this country who in a way were also in detention with us.”