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President Lungu Concedes Defeat and Commits to Peaceful Transition of Power to HH

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President Edgar Lungu has congratulated President elect, Hakainde Hichilema for being elected into office as Zambia’s 7th Republican President.

President Lungu said he will comply with the election results as announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and ensure a peaceful transition of power to the newly elected President.

“I therefore congratulate my brother Hakainde Hichilema for being elected the 7th President,” he said.

President Lungu said this during a national address at State House in Lusaka today. He thanked the Zambian people for according him an opportunity to serve them stating that it was a great honour which he accepted with gratitude and humility.

“All I ever wanted to do was to serve the country to the best of my capabilities. Thank you for your support during the tough times,” he said.

President Lungu also congratulated everyone that took part in the general elections and those who voted for the Patriotic Front party.

“To those that voted for the PF, I thank you and assure you that your vote was not in vain. I wish you well and may the good lord bless Zambia,” he added.

Zambia held its general elections on Thursday, August 12, 2021 which has seen the election of UPND leader as the 7th republican President.

155 of 156 constituencies countrywide saw the United Party for National Development (UPND) Candidate Hakainde Hichilema securing 2,810,757 votes against the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Edgar Lungu’s 1,814,201 votes.

Earlier in the day, the Patriotic Front (PF) has congratulated President-Elect, Hakainde Hichilema on his deserved victory. PF Deputy Media Director, Edwin Lifwekelo has called on the members to remain disciplined and united as they wait for the Party’s guidance on the way forward.

Mr. Lifwekelo says as for the Patriotic Front Party, it is time for introspection, seek God’s face, and still play the part as the largest opposition Political Party in Zambia.

He says the UPND, has a nation to protect and to develop.

Mr. Lifwekelo says the people of Zambia are highly expectant especially the youths and the marginalized Zambians who deserve better.

The PF Deputy Media Director has also congratulated outgoing President EDGAR LUNGU for his immense contribution to Zambia’s political and economic space.

Mr. Lifwekelo said Mr. lungu has run a good race, and that politics is about contestation of ideas, and self-service.

58 COMMENTS

  1. Very mature and full of class even where the defeat was not free or fair. Our president has recognised the tribal crook hh as president and yet hh refused to recognise Ecl throughout his tenure. Zambians have not yet seen how evil hh is. They will remember ecl soon when hh shows his real dictatorial tendency. Remember this is a man who has refused to give anyone else opportunity to rule upnd and has changed the party constitution to favour him. Dont say we didn’t warn you

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  2. Where is that rat KZ. That twat should understand the people have spoken and HH is the new president.

    Let’s see how his trolling in LT continues. Day in day out kept on barking at UNDP diasporas

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  3. Scouser if the bootlicking LT could stop moderating and blocking my comments then you would see me here. It has not even been 24hours yet and the upnd dictatorial tendencies are being felt. During pf you were free to comment against ECL without any censorship. Good luck with hh. You will regret it.

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  4. Farewell ECL. I hope u will be available for media interviews now. What u were running was a country in trust from Zambians.

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  5. Again, Zambia shows itself to be a bright light and example to Africa and the world in delivering peaceful democratic transfer of power. This isn’t so easy. Well done!

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  6. Great and mature gesture as is expected from a leader of a democratic government. The voice of the people must be heard and respected. You have done your part and we thank you for holding our country together in every kind of weather.

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  7. This is what we call democracy BREAKPOINT where some of our fellow Africans fail to cross.
    Together as Zambians we have expressed ourselves peacefully to this day.
    Kudos to you President ECL for keeping your promise of ensuring ZAMBIA remains intact to this date. If you had wished you could have messed things up and sent us all running for our lives.
    Congratulations Our New President for both scooping this contest and NOT allowing ZAMBIA to break by simply not forcing matters but exercising resilience and patience. To both of you ZAMBIA is GREAT FULL.

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  8. While this gesture is very very much commended, and will earn Zambia the respect across the continent as the light and shining star of democracy (infact before u, Lungu came and destroyed it), the law agencies will not spare you. As you ve done more enough damage to Zambia’s special democratic culture. Now Zambians have been exposed to pangas, guns, tribal hatred, theft like never before – and no future government will ever completely do away with all these vices. All becos of you, ka Lungu. Let now the law bite you

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  9. You ve to serve your time , it’s about time. I can only relate you to the end of Chiluba. Atleast Chiluba store with a brain – but you. How are u going to explain the whiskey you were buying using a GRZ credit card? Jst how the ferk?

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  10. @ KZ, just keep quiet. I don’t know if HH has dictatorial tendencies or not, time will tell.
    What we all know and what people voted against was the endless corruption and decimating of the economy by Edgar Lungu and his PF government, as well as the proven instances of his intolerance of any dissent, his hate and tribalism. You wanted Zambians to vote for him after that, for the suffering they have experienced because of your useless telepathic vision of HH? You are dumber than I realized.

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  11. We entruted you and you let Zambians down, we tokd you to do away with luxury SUVs for your top govt officials, I we told tou to do away with a maize ban which was agfevting the price of maize and killing agriculture, we tokd you to do away with pointless road traffic roadblocks, we told you to do away with the culture if cardism but you didnt listen and now you lost. Simple facts do what people want and not what you want dont think you will be in power for ever and this too should be a listwn to the Pres Elect. Well done ba HH but dont dissapoint us as well ee have put our trust in you for the next 5 years badaala!

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  12. You are impressed by a mere speech. Eloquence does not equate to outcomes. Wait until you see what they achieve then praise. Awona kwati ni obama..even obama didn’t do anything for black Americans even after sweet talking

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  13. Its good to see Lungu is “former president” after he massively decimated Zambia’s economy.He engineered his own defeat.

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  14. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    All the best Edgar Lungu. I hope RB didn’t negotiate your exit strategy to avoid being given an opportunity to answer for your crimes you committed whilenin office.
    We know you tried to manipulate the election results just like you did in the previous two but the margin this time was too overwhelming to be rigged.
    In any case, thanks for listening to accept the results and hand over power peacefully… Zambia yet again becomes a beacon of democracy and hope around the world, even better than the recently held American elections. Well done!

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  15. And he called HH “my brother His Excellence Hakainde Hichilema the President of Zambia”…thats class you cant buy that…HH refused to call Edgar Lungu as the President…..need i say more….Any God Bless You Mr Lungu

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  16. Now that’s done, when is the actual swearing in? Someone fetch the Bible and get on with it – no time to waste!

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  17. HH has refused to take people to court as when they are kicked they don’t want same to apply…….he wise man because its become a trend in Africa…..he is the man of the hour indeed….his distance himself to hatred for ECL anr PF

  18. You are now fit to be addressed as the humble one, now that you have been humbled by God and the will of the people. Had you listened to John Sangwa, Sishuwa Sishuwa and many others not to stand in 2021 you would have bowed down in a dignified manner, consequences of poor leadership and bad advisers do lead to disaster. You had the opportunity to become one of Africa’s greatest statemen upon taking over from MCS, but you chose a wrong path. They say you are as good as the company you keep. Go well ECL there are some notable good deeds you performed and will be remembered for that.

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  19. IF THE DEVIL LIKE “DICK” XULU IS WARNING YOU THAT SOMETHING IS NOT OKAY, THEN JUST KNOW THAT THE THING IS GOOD. THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS JEALOUSY THAT ANOTHER PERSON, NOT ITSELF, SHOULD ENJOY ANYTHING GOOD. AND LIFWEKEKE SAYS PF SHOULD SEEK god’s FACE, WHICH god IS THAT? AND YOU EVEN SAY “especially the youths and the marginalized Zambians who deserve better”, WHO HAS MARGINALIZED THEM SO SOON WHEN ECL HAS NOT EVEN STARTED OFF FOR CHAWAMA COMPOUND? THE PF IS THE ONE THAT HAS MARGINALIZED THEM.

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  20. Humans are never perfect. He who says he does not falter is a hypocrite. In democracy or autocracy no leader, good or bad, stays forever.
    Welcome to newcomers; good bye to the retired ones, everyone runs their race.

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  21. ITS TIME FOR THAT I D I O T KZ TO F>>> OFF NOW
    YOU NO BETTER THAN OUR COMPOUND D0GS
    FUSEKE AS YOU ALWAYS SAY
    LEY ALL INVESTIGATIONS BEGIN SOON

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  22. This man is humble. HH failed to call him the President or His excellency but he calls him even the president even before he is sworn in as the Republican president. Go well sir we will miss you.

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  23. Well done Mr President. We wish you well as you recline and enjoy your retirement. You have now become a source of consultation and legacy.

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  24. Its unfortunate that the PF Secretariat has been ransacked by criminals yet the police should have moved to protect and secure the premises. With this act its most likely all vital information has been lost. This should not have been entertained. Its unfortunate that the PF has been given its own medicine to swallow. With the excitement still brewing among the marginalized population the police should beef security to stem out criminal activities. The former ruling cadres/officials are potential targets and need police protection for a week or so. This is same treatment which was meted out on William Banda when PF won the election in 2011 and thought police had learnt a lesson from that incident.

  25. You did your best your Excellency. Zambia shall for ever remember you for your passion in infrastructure development, and most importantly for your ushering in of the dreaded 50+1 clause in the Zambian Constitution. Farewell my president and may God continue to give you good health.

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  26. You can now go and enjoy am Jameson in Chawama. You low life and selfish person we thought was humble. You deceived Sata by pretending to be what you are not. You should have declined the nomination.
    How can the whole president rule by lies, sponsoring cadres, patronisim, looting, corruption and promoting lawlessness and abusing the constitution. Go sir good riderance. Humble Christian, you can’t live on lies.

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  27. He begrudgingly conceded defeat – after an attempt at a challenge for unfair elections (he was the master of ‘unfair’, by the way) and then he kept quiet for days, probably musing on other possible schemes. The man was in denial. He and his cohort took Zambians for granted and he was ill-advised that all he had to do is ‘commission’ this and that and he will be re-elected, including off course, barring his main rival from his ‘strongholds’. He might need some form of counselling for the sake of his mental health.

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  28. Thank you Your Excellency, President Edgar Lungu, for gracefully bowing out and congratulating the incoming President, Hakainde Hichilema, on his victory. We would want to wish you well. Your name will go down in the annals of Zambia’s political history as the 6th President, no matter the denials of the naysayers. You did your part by leaving behind strong infrastructural development in many parts of the country. That is the legacy you are leaving behind. President Hichilema has to build on that and chart his own course of socio-economic and political development by which he will also be judged. May the good Lord continue to grant you and the incoming President good health. You have advanced Zambia’s democratic credentials by agreeing to a smooth change of government. Some Zambians may…

  29. FINALLY!!
    I had long given up on Zambians? as they seemed to love voting overwhelmingly for those that oppressed & brutalised them.
    Finally this cesspit of illegally, brutality & thieving known as P.F is no more, will now disappear off the face of the earth, as even a proper Party like U.N.I.P struggles to thrive.
    Just watch the defections & backstabbings now that P.F no longer control the treasury they infamously called “Kasaka ka ndalama”.
    Lesson here is NEVER AGAIN SHOULD ZAMBIANS ALLOW CLUELESS PEOPLE like ba ex -President Jonathan to ascend to the highest office, especially after the guy told in bold letters “I HAVE ZERO VISION”
    Going forward, the country should start the healing process & jobs, opportunities should never be down to tribe, bootlicking, connections BUT…

  30. FINALLY!!
    I had long given up on Zambians, as they seemed to love voting overwhelmingly for those that oppressed & brutalised them.
    Finally this cesspit of illegally, brutality & thieving known as P.F is no more, will now disappear off the face of the earth, as even a proper Party like U.N.I.P struggles to thrive.
    Just watch the defections & backstabbings now that P.F no longer control the treasury they infamously called “[email protected] ka ndalama”.
    Lesson here is NEVER AGAIN SHOULD ZAMBIANS ALLOW CLUELESS PEOPLE like ba ex -President J0nathan to ascend to the highest office, especially after the guy told in bold letters “I HAVE ZER0 VISI0N”
    Going forward, the country should start the healing process & jobs, opportunities should never be down to tribe, bootlicking, connections BUT…

  31. HH couldn’t recognise President of Zambia becoz after the Petition was “dismissed” Concourt didn’t declare ECL winner of the 2016 Election. That is the mistake Zambia Concourt made when it refused to hear and determine the Petition. Technically ECL was an illegitimate President. Its nice to see that back of Corrupt,Incompetent and Visionless ECL. By conceding defeat and promising a smooth and peaceful transfer of Power ECL should be commented. We wish ECL a good rest.

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  32. Kaiser just like we dis-elected your boss, we will do the same if HH doesn’t deliver.
    Meanwhile, you had your chance. You blew it. Now shut up!

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  33. Some Zambians surprise me, When it became apparent that ECL had lost and HH had won the just-ended election, various stakeholders,, including this writer, had appealed to the former to show magnanimity by conceding defeat and congratulating the winner. This was after the outgoing president had issued a statement to the effect that he had rejected the election on account that it was not free and fair. Fortunately, ECL has responded positively to our appeal – and then we have people on this blog saying nasty things about the outgoing president! Honestly, is that necessary? With the election over,our pre-occupaton now should be to help HH govern us properly and let by-gones be by-gones.

  34. WHAT GESTURE ???
    LUNGU HAD NO CHOICE !!
    ALL THE HANGERS ON DROPPED HIM LIKE A STONE
    LET THE INVESTIGATIONS BEGIN NOW
    ZAMBIANS NOW EXPECT ACCOUTABILITY
    WE WANT OUR MILLIONS $$$ BACK

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  35. Let’s start by telling zambia how you got $2.3 million after 18 months in office …….

    And we see you compled ECZ not publish you current net worth ?????

    We need to know you current net worth

  36. The ONLY reason why HH didnt recognise in 2016 was because he had won the election but pf rigged….eveyone who knows knows. Now tell me which one of you can congratulate a burglar for stealing their property? Right now, His EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT Hakaindi Hichilema needs OUR support to steer the nation from chambia to Zambia,.KZ ,KEEP QUIET….mwasila imwe,the sooner it sinks in that jameson oblaganta ,the better .Inga Antonio Mwanza muyako,achita recover lo akali kulila mu ma guza?

  37. Arrest all the pf thieves now… kaizar zulu, gbm, lungu teal. ilt will NOT be political retribution… it will be prosecution of looters of the national treasury

  38. Lungu, had no option, PF couldnt rig 1million votes, period.
    The reason why HH did not conceed, was becaused, he believed he was robbed of winning the 2016, and todate, it still stands that 2016 was full of rigging, so how could you have expected him to concede?.
    The 2021 case is clear, its either Lungu conceded or would have run into exile.RB saved him.

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  39. i don’t understand some people saying Lungu did the right thing and will be remembered for doing the honourable right of resigning and stepping down gracefully
    Guess what when you lose you go, no big deal , gone, finished, WE voted and he lost so go – end of story

  40. The out going President Edgar Chagwa Lungu did not expect to lose in this elections and handover power to HH other than himself. Its a humbling situation and though conceding defeat its something that he can’t believe has happened. Lungu never realized he was surrounded by wrong advisors who lead him him to do wrong things and make unstatesman like statements and they never bothered to correct him. It was all the time YES SIR, YES SIR. I am certain HH aka Bally was seeing how Lungu was messing up himself with power and stopped respecting the views of others or the common men he became ALFA & OMEGA HIMSELF. Now its by HIMSELF Negotiating a Peaceful exit with HH. Lungu was so drunk with power and false puffed up confidence maka maka this Chi TITLE @ COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMD FORCES…

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