ActionSA congratulates Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema who has emerged as the president-elect, as well as the Zambian people.
Hichilema, a businessman prior to entering politics, faces the mammoth task of re-setting the button and turning one of the world’s poorest countries’ economic outlook on a more positive trajectory.
Reported to have been widely supported by the youth of Zambia, one of Africa’s successful democracies has demonstrated that free and fair elections, with high voter turnout, can be held amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dubbed a protest for hope and change in that country, South Africans ought to take a leaf out of Zambia’s book. The election of Hichilema is a symbol of positive democratic reform on the African continent.
It is the people of Zambia who have chosen to vote out corruption and political failings, and bringing in a new era of change for their country.
Zambians, like South Africans were gatvol with Edgar Lungu’s previous administration buckling under high unemployment as a result of poor economic management, high unemployment and socio-political unrest.
South Africans should not just celebrate this outcome with the people of Zambia, we should recongise its potential as an example that ushers in a new era of reform and accountability on our continent and here at home.