Raila to attend Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema inauguration

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Kenyan former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is in Zambia to witness the inauguration of the newly elected President Hakainde Hichilema.

Odinga landed in the South African country on Monday and was received by the government officials.

“It will be a great day for the people of Zambia and Africa as a whole to witness a seamless transfer of power as envisaged by democratic processes,” posted Odinga after arriving in the country.

About 10 presidents and government officials from Kenya, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Tanzania and the Kingdom of Eswatini have confirmed their attendance.

Others are from Ethiopia, Rwanda and Nigeria.

The ceremony will take place later today at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka in strict adherence to Covid-19 measures.

Hichilema cruised to victory in his 6th presidential attempt. He defeated his predecessor, Mr Edgar Lungu, with more than one million votes in an election held last week.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia declared Hachilima as the president-elect after garnering 2,810,777 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201.

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