Hakainde Hichilema: Zambia’s man of the moment
Hakainde Hichilema, who was sworn in as Zambia’s new leader on Tuesday, has struck a conciliatory tone after a tense presidential poll
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"...