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Zambia inaugurates Hakainde Hichilema as new president

Zambia is today, August 24, swearing in Hakainde Hichilema as its new president. The ceremony is taking place at the National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka.

Zambia inaugurates Hakainde Hichilema as new president


Zambia is today, August 24, swearing in Hakainde Hichilema as its new president. The ceremony is taking place at the National Heroes Stadium in the capital, Lusaka.

Thousands of guests, including Heads of State and various opposition leaders are expected to grace the event.

Hichilema’s running mate Mutale Nalumango is also being sworn in.

The incoming president has invited opposition leaders from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Botswana.

Tanzania's first female President Samia Suluhu Hassan is in the country to attend Hichilema’s inauguration. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is also in attendance and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Other African leaders who have already arrived include Namibia President Hage Geingob, Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Malawi’s Lazarus Chakwera.  

Outgoing President Edgar Lungu, who has been in office for 10 years congratulated Hichilema, saying Zambians ought to be proud of their democracy.

“We must all be happy that even after a highly contested election, it is the Zambian people who won. It is peace and unity that triumphed. I'm proud that our transfer of power has been smooth, adding to our enduring legacy as a democratic country, which started with Dr Kaunda,” Lunga said.

Zambia’s National Broadcaster said attendance at the inauguration will be restricted to only invited guests, in adherence to Covid-19 protocols.  

The opposition leader won the August 12 General Election by a landslide, beating his main rival, outgoing president Edgar Lungu by more than a million votes.

Haikande Hichilema garnered 2,810,777 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201.


Zambia’s Electoral Commission declared him winner on August 16. "I therefore declare that the said Hichilema to be president of Zambia," electoral commission chairman, Esau Chulu, said in a packed results centre in the capital Lusaka.


Hichilema, 59, has unsuccessfully vied for presidency five times. He becomes the country’s seventh president.


He has led the United Party for National Development (UPND) since 2006.

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