ZAMBIA’S newly-elected president, Hakainde Hichilema, has been sworn into office this Tuesday at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia
Hichilema was inaugurated Tuesday morning at a ceremony attended by African leaders including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera.
Zambia’s second female Vice President Mutale Nalumango was also sworn in during the ceremony.
Hichilema won the poll with 59.38% of the vote.
He secured a 1 million-vote lead over his closest rival and incumbent, Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front. Lungu polled 38.33%.
Celebrations engulfed the stadium, filled to its 60,000 capacity, as Hichilema took his oath before inspecting a military guard of honor and as air force jets flew overhead.
“It’s a new dawn. Time has come for all Zambians to be truly free,” he said to a cheering crowd. Hichilema vowed to deliver a “united, prosperous and equitable Zambia.”
He paid gratitude to Zambia’s youths who voted in large numbers and promised them jobs and support to start their own businesses. Hichilema pledged to use his business background to attract investment and promised he would have no tolerance for corruption.
He has the task of uniting a country of 18 million people with several political and ethnic divisions that were heightened during the election period.