A number of African leaders are expected in Zambia for tomorrow’s inauguration of president-elect Hakainde Hichilema.
Lungu was defeated by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who emerged as the winner in the Aug. 12 presidential election.
Hichilema won with 2,810,757 of the votes while Lungu got 1,814,201.
Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu made the declaration after full and thorough scrutiny of votes from 155 out 156 constituencies.
Lusaka here we come!Thank you Zambia… A New Dawn!! pic.twitter.com/PEYWEwDky4
— nelson chamisa🇿🇼 (@nelsonchamisa) August 23, 2021
Some of the leaders that are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony include Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera and Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) August 23, 2021
Hichilema, who had lost five past elections, will be faced with the task of resuscitating Zambia’s economy, a major pledge during his campaigns.
𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐒 𝐑𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐄 – 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐄𝐗𝐂𝐄𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐓𝐎 𝐀𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐍𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐔𝐆𝐔𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐎𝐍𝐘 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓-𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐔𝐁𝐋𝐈𝐂 𝐎𝐅 𝐙𝐀𝐌𝐁𝐈𝐀 pic.twitter.com/xMMBiPGIPh
— Botswana Government (@BWGovernment) August 22, 2021
14 other candidate contested in the presidential election which attracted a voted turnout of about 70 percent of the registered voters.
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) August 23, 2021
Hichilema has already received congratulatory messages from other African leaders, including Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Tanzania President Samia Suluhu and Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.
— Hakainde Hichilema (@HHichilema) August 22, 2021