|Hichilema Haikande to be Inaugurated
as Zambian President on 24 August 2021
Zambia has been voting now for sixth time with seven Presidents as Michael Sata died whilst serving and later his term was finished by the just defeated President Lungu.
Hakainde Hichilema’s election victory is the third time an opposition leader has unseated an incumbent president in Zambia since 1991. The victory bequeaths on the new president and his party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), the immense task of restoring the rule of law, fixing the ailing economy and uniting a divided nation.
Hichilema won the poll with 59.38% of the vote. He secured a 1 million-vote lead over his closest rival and incumbent, Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front. Lungu polled 38.33%.
The election was effectively a referendum on Lungu and the conduct of his party during his tenure from 2015 to 2021. Zambians opted to believe in the campaign promises of his opponent.
Hichilema promised to see into the economy to alleviate people’s suffering, restore the rule of law also to end corrupt practices by the previous government and that, unlike his opponents.
He was not contesting to secure a job as just to be the president but for the compassionate heart he has towards Zambian citizens.
(Reported by Isaac Banda, Lusaka Zambia)