Kampala—18, August 2021: President Edgar Lungu has lost the Presidency of Zambia to extend his rule to 11 years.
The leader of the Patriotic Front (PF) party, Lungu, lost to Zambia’s richest man Hichilema Hakainde—a contestant for President five times.
The electoral commission said Hichilema got 2,810,777 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201, with all but one of the 156 constituencies counted, Reuters reported.
Zambia and Uganda have had a cordial relationship, especially when Uganda’s founding father and two times President, Dr Apollo Milton Obote (RIP) sought accommodation with the South-central Africa nation.
Following that, it seems, years after he (Obote) is no more, a party he founded, Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) party is not about to stop the “love”.
Addressing the media in Kampala on Wednesday, UPC’s head of media and communications, Muzey Faizo, never hid the UPC-Zambia affections.
“Uganda People’s Congress congratulates Mr. Hichilema Hakainde upon his victory as President Elect of the Republic of Zambia in the just concluded general elections,” he said.
“Zambia got her Independence on 24th October 1964 under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda of United National Independence Party (UNIP) with a clear mission to advance Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Internationalism. To achieve those goals, a philosophy of Zambian Humanism was launched, creating a ‘man centered society’. The Matero and Mulungushi reforms, which were launched in 1968, led to eventual Nationalization of the economy,” Faizo recalls.
At a Pan-African level, he says both Zambia and Tanzania became active bases for Independence and decolonization struggles in Africa, especially Southern Africa. The Mulungushi Club made up of Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda consolidated such initiatives of Independence and decolonization struggles in Africa.
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On both internal and external enemies, Zambia drummed up divisions that threatened to reverse progress. “The Government of the Republic of Zambia appointed Mainza Chona Commission that recommended abolishing of multi-party democracy for one party participatory democracy in early 1970s.”
He adds that this was adopted and by mid 1980s demands to revert back to multi party democracy were on increase. Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and his UNIP led government opted not to complete their term amended the constitution through Parliament and in October 1991 held the multi-party elections.
Dr. K. Kaunda and UNIP lost to Dr. F. T. J. Chiluba and Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD). A peaceful political transition was done and from that time Zambia has been delivering on democracy and elections in a manner that makes Zambia and Africa proud.
“Incumbents and their ruling political parties in Zambia; UNIP, MMD and now Patriotic Front (PF) have all held elections, and upon being defeated they gracefully hand over power and retire as senior citizens. Zambia also registered a demise of two sitting Presidents and all processes and procedures were followed and new leadership emerged peacefully.”
UPC says this is indeed a very good example for Zambia and Africa where political transitions are very much elusive. “UPC applauds H. E. Edgar Lungu for honoring the outcome of elections as announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. That is the spirit Nationalism and Pan-Africanism as well as the growth of democracy that Uganda and the whole of Africa should emulate.”
“Africa needs greater democracy and freedoms to enable galvanizing efforts that are needed to handle our day-to-day challenges of the economy. We need food security, shelter/accommodation, medical attention and income that can enable us to meet our needs. And to meet our needs, we need peace and stability in the country. “This is exactly what Zambia has offered to Africa.”
UPC says the President elect Mr. Hichilema Hakainde and United Party for National Development (UPND) have given hope to all emerging leadership and their political parties/movements never to give up.
“This was the 6th time for Mr. Hichilema and UPND to compete for Presidency. It needs patience and great focus. Zambia’s democracy and elections have rekindled the need for unity of purpose. The President elect Mr. H. Hakainde and UPND had serious engagements and conversations on how to broaden their electoral platform. In the end, a UPND alliance was forged that brought together a number of opposition political parties and movements or fronts. This enabled the President elect H.H. and UPND to traverse or have physical presence in such a vast country.”
The principal of separation of powers; Executive, Judiciary and Parliament has been at its best throughout. The Electoral Commission of Zambia was allowed to carry out its mandate, unhindered and has delivered the President, Members of Parliament and Councilors for local government.
“UPC is appealing to Uganda and Africa to borrow some key important lessons about their Democracy and Elections, more so the aspect of transition Politics that has been handled well in Zambia,” Faizo concludes.