The General Secretaries of Christian Councils of Southern Africa have written a congratulatory statement to the people and Churches of Zambia on their recent elections in which Hakainde Hichilema was declared President after having attained an outright victory in one of the biggest electoral victories recorded in the history of the country. The General Secretaries have also hailed the Zambian leaders for demonstrating such kind of good and peaceful approach towards nation building.
“We are glad that Mr Hichilema has already extended the olive branch to the outgoing President, Mr Edgar C. Lungu. We also hold in honor the outgoing president, Mr Lungu, who has displayed statesmanship and grace in conceding defeat. This is grace in defeat and magnanimity in victory is an example for the rest of the Southern Africa region.’ Reads part of the letter.
On 12 August Zambia recorded one of the highest registered voter turnouts with more than 80% participating in the multi-party elections. The nation went into the 2021 election facing massive socio-economic challenges, ballooning external debts in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As has been a common trend in African general elections, there have been reports of politically motivated violence during the campaign period thereby leading to loss of lives in some places. However, the Election Day was itself reported as mostly peaceful according to election observers and monitors from the international community.
President Hichilema will be officially inaugurated as the President of Zambia tomorrow.