Kaunda con­grat­u­lates Lungu on elec­tion win

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LUSAKA — For­mer Zam­bian leader Ken­neth Kaunda has con­grat­u­lated Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu fol­low­ing his vic­tory in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. Zam­bia held its elec­tions on Au­gust 11. Speak­ing at the State House on Wed­nes­day Kaunda said: “Through the out­come of the vote, the peo­ple of Zam­bia con­tinue to ex­hibit their trust in the pres­i­dent and his work.”

Kaunda, ac­cord­ing to Lusaka Times, praised Lungu for up­hold­ing the motto, “One Zam­bia, One Na­tion”, in or­der to pro­mote devel­op­ment and unity.

Re­ports in­di­cated that Lungu re­ceived 1 860 877 votes while his ri­val, Hakainde Hichelema of the the op­po­si­tion United Party for Na­tional Devel­op­ment (UPND) re­ceived 1 760 347.

For the first time, the win­ner needed over 50 per­cent of the votes to avoid a run-off elec­tion.

The elec­tions were tainted with street clashes fol­lowed by al­le­ga­tions of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties from the op­po­si­tion.

The Post re­ported on Thurs­day that the op­po­si­tion had warned Zam­bians to brace for mis­ery and chaos as the UPND pre­pared to fight the elec­tion re­sults in court.

The UPND, along with the Move­ment for Mul­tiParty Democ­racy (MMD), ac­cused Lungu of be­ing a self-or­dained em­peror, The Post re­ported.

“Edgar Lungu’s his­tory since he came on the po­lit­i­cal scene brought a ter­ri­ble taste in the mouth of any demo­crat. His regime is well known for its love for il­le­gal­i­ties, dis­re­spect for the rule of law and dis­re­gard for any­thing that is civil and le­gal,” MMD leader Nev­ers Mumba was quoted as say­ing. — AFP

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