I PERSUADED ZAMBIA’S LUNGU TO CONCEDE DEFEAT CLAIMS PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA
■ Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he is responsible for persuading outgoing Zambian President Edgar Lungu to concede defeat after the August 12 elections.
President Lungu had appeared reluctant to accept defeat and make way for president-elect Hakinde Hichilema after his embarrassing lose in the election. The incumbent claimed the elections were not free and fair; citing alleged political violence in three provinces.
The spokesperson of Zimbabwean President, George Charamba disclosed that President Mnangagwa phoned the outgoing Zambian President Edgar Lungu to persuade him to make way for the winner, president-elect Hichilema, to secure the peace in the country and region.
Mr Hichilema is a close associate of Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa and their political parties say they have a close relationship.
The outcome of the Zambian presidential election has created excitement in Zimbabwe, with opposition activists saying they are inspired to replicate the outcome when the country holds its election in 2023.
President Lungu has conceded defeat on Monday and pledged to facilitate the smooth transfer of power. He became Zambia’s President in 2015 after the death of Micheal Sata, and was seeking a second term in office. Mr. Hichilema, a wealthy businessman, will take the oath of office on Tuesday. ■