Last Monday, hours after conceding defeat in Zambia’s election, Edgar Lungu posted pictures of himself and Hakainde Hichilema on Facebook. The images are jocular, but they belie a fraught relationship between the country’s outgoing president and his successor.

Hichilema — who won the August 12 presidential poll by a solid 1-million votes, securing 59% of the vote against Lungu’s 37% — was a regular victim of politically motivated arrests and police brutality during Lungu’s years in office. He was, he said in his victory address, "demonised [and] arrested 15 times"...

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