Hakainde Hichelema (left) and Edgar Lungu

Lungu says he won’t petition Hichilema’s win

LUSAKA. — Outgoing Zambian head of state Edgar Lungu has pledged to work with President-elect Hakainde Hichilema to ensure a smooth transition of authority so that the country remains peaceful.

Mr Lungu has also assured the nation that he will not petition the August 12 election results to avoid tension in the country.

He said party members may, however, petition election losses at parliamentary level.

Lungu has since appealed to Patriotic Front (PF) members not to retaliate when provoked by United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters to avoid plunging the country into chaos.

He said should there be chaos in the country, those that would suffer are the ordinary Zambians.

Meanwhile, Hakainde Hichilema is set to be sworn in on Tuesday the 24th of August in Lusaka, Zambia.

Hakainde Hichilema was declared winner of Zambia’s hotly contested presidential election held last week, defeating incumbent Edgar Lungu.

Hichilema secured 2 810 757 votes against Lungu’s 1 814 201. The significant win sparked celebrations on the streets after an election marred by sporadic violence.

Hichilema, a former chief executive officer at an accounting firm before he entered politics, faces a task of turning around the economic fortunes of Zambia.

The election marked the sixth time Hichilema had run for the top job and the third time he had challenged 64-year-old incumbent Lungu. – Zambia Daily Mail

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