Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has moved swiftly to congratulate US President Elect Donald Trump.
Mr Hichilema said Mr Trump’s victory again shows that the American people can rise and show the world that they are great believers in Constitutional democracy and rule of law.
“We want to congratulate the newly elected American President Donald J. Trump and the American people for once again rising and showing the world that they are great believers in Constitutional democracy and rule of law. There are always many lessons to be learnt in the American politics which is that they freely exercise their rights and freedoms to choose their leaders,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said having keenly followed the campaign period and the debates, one can clearly see that all the contenders freely traversed their great nation and marketed themselves unhindered by institutionalised brutality and suppression which is characteristic of most African countries, including Zambia.
“Even in instances where some American media houses had their own preferences in terms of candidates, they still gave an opportunity and fair coverage to all contesting parties, hence giving citizens the right to choose based on the information they were hearing from all contenders,” he said.
He added, “It is these values and eventual outcome that makes everyone happy because they are based on a free, fair, transparent and credible electoral process whose results show the will of the people. As a leader of the greatest democracy in the world, we hope President-elect Trump will stump his authority and guide emerging democracies, especially in Africa, on the need to respect the rule of law, human rights, and constitutionalism which is key to economic development.”
“Once more and on behalf of our people, party and indeed my own behalf, I say congratulations US President elect Donald Trump.”