In the just-concluded election, Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema won the presidential vote with a swooping leading number.
With a campaign amidst economic down moments and some violence, the opposition leader managed to gather close to three million votes compared to his rival that was only able to get as much as a number close to two million.
Hichilema has been proclaimed president-elect on Monday by the electoral commission, bringing to a conclusion the government Lungu has seen to for about six years as president.
Hichilema calls on everyone to be the peace and harmony they have decided to vote for since this is what he claims to be bringing to Zambia’s table.
This was Hichilema’s sixth attempt at campaigning for president, and his third attempt running against Lungu; Hichichela has risen from losing to Lungu by several 100 thousand votes in 2016 to carting the presidential win on a landslide just yesterday.
A large number of Zambians who saw themselves as Hichilema’s supporters came out to the streets to celebrate with dancing and singing and cheering for their new leader.
As the votes were being counted during the procession of the election, Lungu complained of the whole event not being free and fair; although his claims were not taken seriously.
Observers of the election at the international scale particularly commend the transparency and orderliness by which the election was conducted as there was a turnout of about 70% of the population compared to the 57.7% that showed up during the 2016 election.
However, criticisms were laid heavily on the excessive restrictions placed on movement in the process of the campaign, especially during Hichilema’s campaign; security personnel were dispatched so Hichilema’s campaign was restricted based on pandemic rules.