Rupiah Banda Sworn in as Zambia’s fourth president
MMD Presidential Candidate, Rupiah Banda, has been sworn in as Zambia’s fourth Republican President.
Mr. Banda took oath before Chief Justice Ernest Sakala at a colorful ceremony held at the parliament buildings in Lusaka on Sunday afternoon.
The swearing in ceremony was also attended by foreign dignitaries, who included presidents Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Malawi’s Mbingu Wamutharika and Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa.
Former presidents, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and Dr. Frederick Chiluba were also part of the several guests that attended the ceremony.
MMD supporters clad in their party colours sung and danced to celebrate their victory in an election which
was tightly contested.
And in his inaugural speech, Mr. Banda called for unity in the country and extended an olive branch to losing candidates, especially Patriotic Front leader, Michael Sata.
Mr. Sata has rejected the results of the election claiming the poll was flawed.
Mr. Banda stressed the need for unity after Thursday’s presidential election, saying he does not want to govern a divided nation.
He said the election should unite the Country for the common good of citizens.
In his speech, has pledged to fight poverty and transform Zambia into a middle income nation.
President Banda who spoke shortly after he took oath as Zambia’s fourth President, observed that many Zambians have been excluded in the sharing the Country’s economic prosperity.
He described poverty as demeaning and an unnecessary evil.
The president said he is determined to empower Zambians through education and employment creation during his reign.
President Banda also pledged to transform Zambia into the hub of Southern Africa.
He further stated that he will continue the fight against corruption and observe the rule of law.