Orange Democratic Movement Party leader Raila Odinga leads Kenyans and other continental leaders in congratulating United Party of National Development (UPND) party candidate for winning the just concluded presidential election.
Taking Online on his official Facebook page, the former prime minister thanked the Zambian people for making Africa proud by conducting a successful election.
The AU special envoy further hoped that the good results changes the democratic livelihoods of the Zambian people and prosperity in making the impossibilities possible.
“I take this earliest opportunity to congratulate my friend Hakainde Hichilema and the United Party of National Development (UPND) of Zambia for the decisive victory in the presidential election. Amidst an unprecedented public health challenge, the Zambian people have made Africa proud for conducting a successful election.
A free, fair, credible and verifiable election always certainly return the will of the people. It is my hope that this election strengthens the democratic life of your Zambia, brings more prosperity to the people and reminds fellow Africans elsewhere that nothing is impossible. I wish you the best of luck in the days and years ahead.” Wrote Raila Odinga.
This is after the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema stunned people by securing a landslide victory in the just concluded Presidential election, beating the incumbent Edgar Chagwa Lungu today.
The Zambian Electoral Commission noted that Hakainde had garnered a total of 2,810,777 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201, with all but one of the 156 constituencies already counted.
“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.
This is going to be the third time power is changing hands in the Southern African Country since gaining Independence from the British in 1964.
Celebrations are currently ongoing across the Country as Hichilema’s supporters wearing the red and yellow of his United Party for National Development (UPND) trooped to the streets dancing and singing, while drivers honked their horns.
The ball has now been thrown to Hichilema court to do his best in now reviving the seemingly slumping Zambian Economy.
Hakainde, 59, is a former CEO at an accounting firm before joining politics. The economy has been buoyed only slightly by more favorable copper prices – now hovering around decade highs, driven partly by the boom in electric cars.
Edgar Lungu the incumbent is yet to concede defeat, having noted that the election was not free and fair on Saturday citing incidents of violence against ruling Patriotic Front party agents in three provinces.
His statements were however dismissed by the UPND officials as emanating from the people “trying to throw out the entire election just to cling on to their jobs.”