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Zambia probes allies of former President Edgar Lungu

– – Zambia’s former ruling Patriotic Front (PF), party’s Secretary General, Davies Mwila and Lusaka businessman, Valden Findlay, are among the first few allies of former President, Edgar Lungu, that have been summoned for questioning by some of the country’s investigative wings, following the new ruling United Party for National Development (UPND)’s landslide victory, in Zambia’s recently held general election. The Anti-Corruption commission and Drug Enforcement Commission, seem to be keeping a close eye on such PF members, lately, for what commentators suspect to be corruption or money laundering. This…

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Zambia’s president Hichilema sacks police and army chiefs

– – The president of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema has sacked the country’s army and police chiefs. He has made new appointments to the top roles as part of efforts to reform the security forces. There are now new commanders for the Zambian army, the air force and the national service and their deputies, as well as a new inspector general of police. The latest replacements of top commanders of the security agencies took place late on Sunday. Local media reported that all regional police commissioners have also been replaced as…

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Hakainde Hichilema takes over as Zambia’s new president

– – Hakainde Hichilema has taken over as Zambia’s new president after winning a historic election by defeating incumbent Edgar Lungu this month. It was his sixth bid for the presidency and his 2021 victory with almost one million votes more than his rival signalled a landslide victory. Hichilema’s electoral success has inspired many opposition politicians who are fighting hard to overcome authoritarian regimes on the continent. His victory is the 17th opposition win recorded in sub-Saharan Africa since 2015. “It’s massively inspirational,” Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu told the…

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Leaders Zambia 

Zambia: New government must lift restrictions on civil liberties

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS congratulates President Hakainde Hichilema on his election as the new President of Zambia and commends the millions of people of Zambia for participating in the electoral process that has seen the transition of power from former President Edgar Lungu to a new government. The people of Zambia braved the Covid-19 pandemic, concerns of violence, and internet restrictions ahead of the elections to exercise their civic duty. “Zambians have demonstrated to the world a resolve to chart their own democratic path in a constitutional way; to…

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Zambia’s opposition leader Hichilema wins presidential election

– – Zambia’s electoral commission has declared opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema winner of last week’s presidential election. Mr Hichilema defeated his main rival, the outgoing President Edgar Lungu, by more than a million votes. In its final tally, the electoral commission said Mr Hichilema had won 2,810,777 votes to Mr Lungu’s 1,814,201 out of over seven million registered voters. “I therefore declare Hichilema to be president of Zambia,” commission chairman Esau Chulu announced the results centre in Lusaka. His supporters have been celebrating on the streets of the capital, Lusaka.…

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Zambia: Lungu trails rival Hichilema, questions fairness of vote

– – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has questioned the fairness of Thursday’s presidential and general elections as he trails his rival, Hakainde Hichilema. On Saturday, results from 62 of 156 constituencies had been released by the Zambian Electoral Commission. The tally from those early results showed that opposition leader, Hichilema obtained 1,024,212 votes so far while incumbent President Edgar Lungu polled 562,523 votes. The total consolidated results for the 62/156 constituencies that have been announced so far: HH – 1,024,212EL – 562,523 Registered voters – 2,273,641Votes cast – 1,668,369Rejected ballots…

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Zambia Election: Hichilema leads Lungu in partial results

– – Zambia’s opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) has taken an early lead in Thursday’s presidential election. The first set of official results were released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) on Saturday morning with more results still expected later on Saturday. Results from 15 of Zambia’s 156 constituencies showed that Hakainde Hichilema leads with 171,604 votes to 110,178 for incumbent President Edgar Lungu, who leads the Patriotic Front (PF). Zambia’s 2021 preliminary presidential election results Hakainde Hichilema 171,604 (59.59%)Edgar Lungu 110,178…

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Vote counting underway in Zambia’s general elections

– – Vote counting is underway in Zambia following the general elections in the southern African nation on Thursday. Millions of people voted in what is seen as a hotly contested general and presidential elections. Reports say several hundreds of people were in long queues to cast their ballot with some voters complaining about the slow pace of the process. President Edgar Lungu had deployed more troops in parts of the country to quell election violence. Lungu said election-day violence had killed two people, including the chairman of his party…

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Zambians vote in crucial general elections

– – Polls have opened in Zambia as millions vote in crucial general elections amid pre-election violent clashes and heightened tension. Thursday’s voting process at various polling station is being monitored by police and troops deployed across the country to prevent violence. But civilian observers are also expected to play a key role of monitoring the process. Polling opened at 6 a.m. local time with long queues seen at some voting centres in the capital Lusaka. According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, a transparent and credible process is guaranteed…

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Human Rights Zambia 

Zambia: Guarantee human rights for all during elections period

11 August 2021, Ahead of the highly anticipated elections in Zambia tomorrow, global civil society alliance CIVICUS calls on the government of President Edgar Lungu to guarantee the rights of all Zambians and refrain from shutting down the internet during and after the elections. Scheduled for 12 August 2021, the elections take place in an environment of fear, threats of violence and intimidation as President Lungu seeks to extend his stay in office. Civil society organisations in Zambia are deeply concerned over ongoing restrictions on the freedom of expression and…

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