Pres­i­dent in Zambia for Lungu’s in­au­gu­ra­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tichaona Zin­doga in LUSAKA, Zambia

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe ar­rived here yes­ter­day to join other Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Edgar Chagwa Lungu who re­cently won elec­tions against his main ri­val and long term tri­al­ist Mr Hakainde Hichilema.

The Pres­i­dent was re­ceived at Ken­neth Kaunda In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Zambia’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary for Tourism Mr Stephen Mwanza and Zim­babwe’s Am­bas­sador to Zambia Getrude Takawira among other of­fi­cials.

He was seen off at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Dr Ig­natius Chombo, De­fence Min­is­ter Dr Sydney Sek­era­mayi, State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Cde Kembo Mo­hadi, In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe, Harare Metropoli­tan Prov­ince Min­is­ter Cde Miriam Chikukwa, ser­vice chiefs and se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. The Zam­bian elec­tions were held on Au­gust 11 and Mr Lungu, who leads the Pa­tri­otic Front, polled 50.35 per­cent against 47.63 per­cent for Mr Hichilema of the United Party for Na­tional Devel­op­ment.

Mr Hichilema and his run­ning mate, Ge­of­frey Mwamba, launched a court chal­lenge to nul­lify the re­sult, but the con­sti­tu­tional court last week threw out the bid, paving way for to­day’s cer­e­mony.

Mr Lungu’s run­ning mate, Vice Pres­i­dent Ms Inonge Wina, will also be sworn in.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe will join at least four lead­ers — Uganda’s Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni, Botswana’s Ian Khama and John Magu­fuli of Tan­za­nia — among other dig­ni­taries.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of Swaziland Paul Dlamini, Namib­ian Vice-Pres­i­dent Nickey Iyambo, Malawi’s Vice Pres­i­dent Sau­los Chilima and Kenyan Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto are also ex­pected to at­tend.

Zambia is in a fes­tive mood and yes­ter­day was de­clared a half work­ing day, while to­day is a pub­lic hol­i­day.

Se­cu­rity will be high at the 50 000 seater Na­tional He­roes’ Sta­dium in Lusaka where thou­sands will throng, and al­ter­na­tive venues where peo­ple can fol­low the pro­ceed­ings on large mounted TV screens, have also been des­ig­nated, among oth­ers, at Levy Mwanawasa Sta­dium in the Cop­per­belt, Nkoloma Sta­dium in Chel­stone area and the show­grounds in Lusaka.

Mr Lungu first took of­fice in 2015 af­ter the death of Pres­i­dent Michael Sata in Oc­to­ber 2014.

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