Wednesday, April 24, 2024

President Hakainde’s Hichilema’s full Inauguration Speech


Your excellency, the sixth president of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the former first lady, Mrs. Esther Lungu; Your excellencies visiting heads of state and government; Your excellencies, special representatives of heads of state and government; Your excellency, the fourth president of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda and Mrs. Thandiwe Banda; and visiting former former presidents Your honour, the vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Mutale W. K. Nalumango, MP; Your honour the immediate past vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Madam Inonge Mutukwa Wina and other former vice-presidents present; Your lordship, the Ccting Chief justice, Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Musonda, SC; The speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Justice Dr. Patrick Matibini, SC; The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia, honourable Judge Esau Chulu; The secretary to the cabinet, Dr. Simon K. Miti; Your worship the mayor of the greater city of lusaka, Ms. Chilando Chitangala and other civic leaders present; Newly elected Members of Parliament; My lords and ladyships the judges of the supreme court, constitutional court, court of appeal and high court; Leaders from the United party for National Development (UPND) Alliance; Leaders of other political parties present; Local and international election observers; Permanent secretaries and other senior government officials; Your excellencies, ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to the Republic of Zambia; Your royal highnesses; Members of the clergy;
Members of the press; Fellow Zambians; Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

Fellow Zambians,

Before we proceed, I request that we take a moment of silence in honour of eminent citizens who passed on this year. We lost our founding father and first president of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda and the first female Chief Justice, Madam Irene Chirwa Mambilima.
We also recognise all those that have passed on during this period. (pause)
May their souls rest in eternal peace.

My fellow Zambians,

Twenty-three years ago, a visionary by the name of anderson kambela mazoka, together with his colleagues founded the United Party For National Development (UPND). It was founded on the promise of a better Zambia. A Zambia which is united and prosperous. A Zambia that guarantees basic needs for all its citizens. A Zambia in which the fundamental human rights and property of its citizens are protected. Today, we begin our journey towards realising this dream.

I stand before you today, humbled and filled with gratitude, for your trust in a simple village boy who you have made the seventh president of the Republic of Zambia. This victory is not mine but for all the citizens of our great country, especially the youth who turned out to vote in great numbers with great energy and passion, and made this day possible. We showed the world, the resilience of our democracy and we reaffirmed that power belongs to the people.

You, the people of Zambia, resoundingly spoke with your vote and I thank you from the depth of my heart. The people decided it was time for change and today, we can boldly say, change is here! The road ahead will not be without challenges but with a clear vision and plan, which we have, and relentless determination, we shall overcome and deliver on the aspirations of our people.

To the jobless youths, a new dawn is here where you will be skilled and find opportunity to work or do business in an economy that we will revive. To the mother, struggling with the high cost of food, a lower cost of living will soon be a reality. To the entrepreneur, seeking capital, an investor and a better operating environment, a government is here that understands your challenges and knows exactly what you need in order to thrive. To all citizens of Zambia, this is truly your moment!

Fellow citizens,

You have entrusted the UPND alliance with the responsibility of serving you and running the affairs of the nation with your interests at heart. We do not take this responsibility lightly. We will truly be your servants and you the people, our masters. As your President, I will ensure that we deliver on our promises. We said bally and team will fix our economy, but we will do more than that. We will grow our economy so we can lift more people out of poverty than ever before. We will promote unity in diversity and ensure respect for the fundamental human rights and freedoms for all. We will restore the rule of law, general order in our public places and communities, and return our country back to normalcy.

Read my lips, no more cadreism!

Fellow Zambians,

I pray that god will continue to guide us throughout our journey. He is our anchor in all seasons. I wish to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, our out-going president, for his service to this nation and for facilitating a smooth transition. We choose not to call it “transfer of power” because power belongs to the people. It is therefore to the great credit of the people of this nation that today marks the third peaceful, democratic transfer of leadership since the advent of multi-party democracy, three decades ago.

To my beloved wife, Mutinta.

Words cannot express my gratitude for your unconditional love, support and counsel. I thank my children and the entire family for their unwavering support. To my running mate and now vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Mutale Nalumango, I say thank you for being part of our vision and being a reliable partner throughout our journey to this day. I am confident that, together, we will deliver to the expectations of the Zambian people.
Fellow citizens,

To all the loyal members of the UPND alliance and the wider UPND family, I am grateful.
You worked day and night, traversing all corners of this country to garner the trust of our people, under very difficult circumstances. Your hard work and commitment have, indeed, steered us to victory. Thank you very much. Naonga chomene, natotela sana, luitumezi zahulu, twasanta, nataizya, zikomo kwambiri, tunasikilili mwani, twasakwila chikuma mwane, ndalumba kapati.

We commend the Electoral Commission of Zambia for ensuring that the elections were successfully held despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges that we believe will be a thing of the past. I wish to thank and commend all political parties and individuals who participated in the elections. Your participation makes our multi-party democracy stronger. To you, we pledge a better democracy where your voices and rights will freely be exercised.

To the church, we thank you for your prayers and guidance before, during and after the elections. To our traditional leaders, your wise and invaluable counsel is much appreciated. To our cooperating partners, we sincerely thank you for the material and financial support towards the elections. You, once again, have demonstrated true friendship. To the various stakeholders, particularly the election observers and the media, both local and international, we thank you for the role you played in the elections.

Fellow Zambians,

As we embark on our term of office as president of this great republic, we shall abide by the vision of our party to have a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia. I, therefore, invite every Zambian to join hands with us as we move forward on this noble journey. I invite the private sector on this journey. The Zambia Chamber Of Commerce And Industry. The Zambia Chamber Of Mines.
The Zambia Association Of Manufacturers. The Zambia National Farmers Union. The Zambia Federation Of Employers. The Labour Movement. The Tourism Council Of Zambia. I invite you all!

Let us all get better organised so we can deliver better lives for all our people. I invite all political parties to work with us within the remits of a democratic society. We must put aside our election-related and other differences and pull in one direction as a country. We have a lot more things that unite us than those that divide us. We must devote our energies to contribute meaningfully to our national development. I invite the church and the traditional leaders to continue providing spiritual and moral guidance and to be true partners in development in pursuit of better lives for our people. I invite the civil society to continue complementing our development efforts. I invite our development partners to continue your cooperation as Zambia’s recovery requires concerted effort.
Going forward, you will see rationality, prudence and effectiveness from our side.

Fellow Zambians,

Our focus over the next five years will be on restoring macro-economic stability and promoting the growth of the economy. We will pay special attention to lowering the fiscal deficit, reducing public debt and restoring social and market confidence. We will also promote national unity and good governance by strict adherence to the rule of law. We will focus on inclusion and not exclusion. Unity, and not division. Gathering and not scattering.

Fellow Zambians,

Economic management

Over the last decade, we have witnessed the erosion of our economy. The debt situation has become unsustainable, reducing the country’s capacity to invest in productive areas of our economy and address the gaps in healthcare, education and other social services. Our national budget has been overwhelmed by debt servicing, emoluments and consumption, when there should be greater room for investment, for growth. The high levels of unemployment, especially among our youth is of great concern to us and this will be high on our agenda to address. Food should be available and affordable for the people. The people have hope and expect us to address the cost of living that is beyond the reach of the majority of our citizens. The scourge of corruption has not only eroded our much-needed resources, but it has also robbed us of the opportunity for growth.

We shall have zero-tolerance to corruption. This will be our hallmark. The fight against corruption will be professional and not vindictive. The institutions mandated to investigate and prosecute will be given unfettered autonomy to effectively and efficiently carry out their mandate without fear or favour of political bias. We are determined to free our country from the ills of mismanagement and malpractice, and promote that which is better. We will undertake an ambitious economic and social transformation agenda to move Zambia forward, create equitable opportunities for all our people, and reduce poverty. We believe that a time will come when poverty in our country will not be tolerated.

No Zambian should go to bed hungry.

No effort should be spared in salvaging the children on the streets or those engaged in vices such as alcohol and substance abuse. Our administration will also prioritise establishing a stable and predictable environment that will promote private local, regional and international investment, protection of private property and growth and generate value for all stakeholders in our society. We will aggresively promote the creation of jobs and opportunities that will create wealth, especially for our youth, women and indeed all citizens.

God has blessed us with abundant natural, human and other resources that we will derive greater value through value addition and the promotion of greater supply chain participation by our citizens.

Fellow Zambians,

Some of our key priority sectors that will drive economic growth and reduce poverty, are agriculture, mining, energy, financial services, tourism, technology, health and education.
In agriculture, we will work to enhance production, agricultural extension services, market access, value addition and lowering the cost of inputs. In mining, we will strive to increase copper and other mineral production so that Zambia can reclaim its place as one of Africa’s leading mining countries. We shall promote the expansion of the mining value chain as well as the promotion of mineral diversification. We will, therefore, encourage the production and processing of gemstones, gold, nickel, manganese, iron, industrial and other minerals. We will put in place measures to facilitate local ownership and increased participation of Zambians in the sector.

Recognising the importance of energy for development, our administration will transform Zambia into an energy surplus country. We will, therefore, implement an ambitious energy investment plan to increase power generation and further broaden the energy mix. In addition, we will put in place a conducive policy environment to encourage private investment in generation, transmission, distribution and retail in the sector.

Fellow Zambians,

To improve land administration and management in the country, my administration will put in place a transparent policy framework. We will promote equitable access to land for all citizens. We will strengthen the land tenure security and enhance sustainable utilisation and productive management of land resources. The potential of the tourism sector will soon be realised through the promotion of Zambia and its various tourism endowments as the destination of choice. This will include reviewing visa requirements, building support infrastructure and revising tax rates. Economic cooperation, trade and investment, security for peace and stability, and development, will form a critical base for our foreign policy.

National unity

Fellow Zambians,

I want to assure the nation that under our administration, the One Zambia, One Nation motto shall be our way of life. We are indeed, One Zambia and one people regardless of your race or ethnicity. We have no tolerance for any form of discrimination and we commit to ensuring our government will be a reflection of our ten provinces. We treat diversity as a strength, never again should any difference be used for political mileage or to favour one over another. Every citizen will be availed equal opportunity to participate in the socio-economic development of our nation. We will not be selective when it comes to development of our country. All regions will have an equitable share of investment.

Good governance and the rule of law

The UPND alliance administration will enhance good governance and stricly uphold the rule of law.
We will live up to our campaign promises by ensuring that all citizens are equal before the law. We in the executive should not interfere in the work of the other arms of government. Our constitution provides separation of powers of these arms of government and we will, therefore, endeavour to promote this principle in order to enhance good governance. Coordination to deliver for our people will however be of critical importance.

Fellow citizens,

It is a new dawn.

The fourth estate, the media will be freed. Time has come for all Zambians to be truly free. I want to reiterate what I said during my acceptance address that gone are the days when political cadres would take over the functions of public service workers in markets, bus stations, government offices, and other places. Our administration will not allow such disorder. Sanity will return to all places. The days of government workers being retired in national interest for political or unfair grounds, are over. The days of political interference in public institutions and parastatals are over.

Fellow citizens,

With regards to education, we will pursue policies that will address the core barriers of access to education. We will also ensure that established standards for quality education are met and enforced. In addition, we will enhance linkages between education and industry to ensure graduates have relevant and employable skills. Further, we will promote innovation and entrepreneurship for job and wealth creation.

Fellow Zambians,

To realise these aspirations in a systematic manner, our administration will develop and implement rationalised, succinct, and actionable plans. These plans will focus on achieving economic transformation, entrepreneurship development and digital revolution with jobs and business opportunities, top on the agenda. The plan will also incorporate other measures critical to the attainment of our national vision towards being a middle income nation over the years ahead.

Fellow Zambians,

To achieve the Zambia we want, we must work together as a people. A people united in diversity under our motto of “One Zambia, One Nation.” This is what our founding father Dr. Kaunda believed in. To achieve the Zambia we want, we need to be committed to hard work. With hard work, patriotism, discipline and dedication, we will achieve and attain our national aspirations.
We must be innovative and identify local solutions to address our problems. We must be open to new ideas and as your government, we will be available to listen and to support you. We must ensure environmental sustainability and inclusiveness in our development agenda. We must mitigate against climate change and strive to build a green economy. We must respect, promote and protect the rights of one other.

Fellow Zambians,

The defence and protection of the constitution of Zambia, is critical to the realisation of our development agenda. Equally important is the respect for our culture and heritage. We need ethical and servant leadership at all levels of society. We need morality, integrity and accountability.

Fellow Zambians,

Under our administration, our country will continue to be an active member of regional, continental and international bodies. We are committed to enhancing international cooperation and foreign relations. We are committed to promoting open and cordial relations with our neighbours and countries on the continent and beyond. We are equally committed to pursuing a foreign policy based on mutual interest and respect. As indicated earlier, the enhancement of economic diplomacy and trade facilitation will be paramount.

Fellow Zambians,

I stand before you and with you, as your president and a true servant. A president devoted to taking our country to greater heights. I pledge a better Zambia for all.

God Bless Us All.
God Bless Our Democracy.
God Bless Our Great Republic, Zambia
God Bless Africa And Our Global Family.
I Thank You All.


  1. I strongly belive zambia now has a real president with the tools to move the country forward……….

    It is indeed a new dawn……

  2. HH indeed this is a new dawn. Development started in 1964 and it has continued with all past administrations in various sectors of the Nation. It is not like everything will start today because governing is a continuum. We here because all past regimes contributed to some extent.
    I agree with some of the objectives in your speech and they are needed. You only have 5 years before the people of Zambia can employ you again. Because they will remind you of your bold promises.
    So, abide by the corporate mantra that you understand so well which also works in politics. Such as:

    Don’t Ever Promise More Than You Deliver, But Deliver More Than You Promised.

    Keep well. Inspirations that come from a president’s mouth do matter. We are behind you as: One Zambia One Nation.

  3. God bless Zambia indeed . I like it that he says its not the transfer of power but the transfer of leadership. That way we will analyse different leadership approaches above board without resorting to insults, name calling and character assassination unless one is not well cultured . Thank you your Excellency and grace and peace to ECL. We are indeed a blessed nation

  4. “…Over the last decade, we have witnessed the erosion of our economy…” That’s not very true, Mr President. Like Independent Observer has put it, everyone has contributed for us to be where we are. Ten years ago, our GDP hit $23bn and before Sata died and low copper prices hit, he took it to $28bn. Lungu found it at $20bn and took it to $27bn before covid set in. With good copper prices and covid funds, it will hit $24bn this year. So where’s the erosion here, sir??? Don’t over promise what you can’t deliver, sir…

  5. #7  Abena Ng’umbo-Luapula Boy 
    August 24, 2021 At 5:19 pm

    “Spaka in your advisory work to HH, heed words of wisdom @INDEPENDENT OBSERVER,..”

    Laupula boy, its forward with development………

  6. #9  Zambian Citizen
     August 24, 2021 At 5:29 pm

    “…Over the last decade, we have witnessed the erosion of our economy…” That’s not very true, Mr President. Like Independent Observer has put it, everyone has contributed for us to be where we are. Ten years ago, our GDP hit $23bn and before Sata died and low copper prices hit, he took it to $28bn. Lungu found it at $20bn and took it to $27bn before covid set in. With good copper prices and covid funds, it will hit $24bn this year. So where’s the erosion here, sir??? Don’t over promise what you can’t deliver, sir…..”

    Badala, you can not discount erosion with out looking at 3 main tracking units of a country …….inflation, employment rate , and GDP……

  7. Excellent and well written speech. But one fundamental and sticking information the speech missed was the statement of ZAMBIA BEING CHRISTION NATION. Since Zambia is a Christion Nation and not a circular country, it was so important that the Christion Nation statement would have been part of the speech. I hope it was not intentionally omitted but just an oversight.
    Thanks for the speech.
    God Bless this Christion Nation -Zambia.

  8. @Spaka, it is not tools…… but BALLS.
    We will miss Ba Edgar because there will be no scandals with HH.
    Already dollar dropped by 6 points, from K22 to K16 within a week, that’s not exciting at all.

  9. Now the upnd can stop blaming any negative development on us the pf. Oh how it feels good to be free from responsibility and constant blaming. Anything that happens from here hence forth is down to upnd. Words are just that, words. We now wait for the heaven on earth which we were promised by the demigod of upnd hh. We will watch from the sidelines. Good luck Zambians. Remember to take responsibility for the decision you made for those that voted upnd.


  10. I am afraid to note that he was a upndead president, your president and now he is Zambian president, our president employed by a multitude of youths. I hope dem kids gave us a real president. But talk is cheap, we want actions. The speech is boring and I hope it has real neat beaten meat.
    With me, you don’t get praises just yet; you get to judged in August 2026. I hope you make it to 2026.
    I thank God for my travel mercies nevertheless. Gracious King.

  11. Boss, we have supported you from the time Mazoka passed away and endured the 5 losses

    My thoughts are that you have promised Zambians manner from the sky. Government is not like the running a corporation. I joined the government straight from secondary school in 1989 and have served under KK to now under your leadership. Its a very complex machine to run and manage. And I have served in the Ministry of Education, Transport & Communication, Home Affairs and Foreign Services as a Diplomat. Really, you have a lot to grasp and learn. You can’t press remote controls, it’s a process and results take long to come and mature.

  12. Mama mia!
    What do have right here.
    Humble and innocent words, sentenses and paragraphs.
    A promisory note.
    If only what is in words can translate into action.
    Zed what have gotten your self into?
    We will be investigating you closely.

  13. Abena Ng’umbo-Luapula Boy @ 7

    Very true from you. SPAKA @ 4 needs to take in the advise, wisdom and realistic posts from INDEPENDENT OBSERVER

  14. I belive HEHH will deliver……..

    The infrastructure development started by PF will make things easier, although still saddled with debt……

    All that is lacking is good governance by rule of law…….PLM was not an economist but presided over good governance and we had positive growth.

    Now we have an economic manager who is also promising good governance guided by the rule of law……..

    God bless zambia…..

  15. We have been trying to reason with UPND supporters that the economy is not in ruins as you have been made to believe. How would the President promise to fulfil so many things within a short space of time. The President is smart and has looked at the figures and market prospects especially to do with copper and can afford to meet the several promises he has made. PF with all their weaknesses has left a solid foundation upon which growth and prosperity is possible within a reasonable period of time. What has been missing in the economy is forex which higher prices of copper and diversified agriculture is able to manage . With the infrastructure already in place, accelerated growth is feasible

  16. David – If you call what PF left behind as solid foundation then I dont think anyone can debate with on the basics…its people like you that were benefiting on the backs on the poor!!




  19. And this is why I feel strongly that the law should revisit all these former ministers and PSs because from the comments from PF cadres its clear PF have not done any self assessment and are still denial…a few months from now they will be saying we were a corrupt free govt whether Hakainde focuses on the economy as he stated let the respective authorities do forensic audits on each and every former minister.

  20. @ Spaka
    Wthat is GDP at $27bn when debt is at $20bn? A net worth of $7bn. This is the erosion he is talking about.

  21. A quick look at the comments and I see the anxiety and desperation which is not necessary at all. A speech is just a speech. What is a good speech worth if it has no actions to back it up? Give the man a chance to get his team together and start to work. Rome was not built in a day. Like all other governments before them, even this one will have to take a long path of trials and errors before finding the right course to sustain.

  22. Aspirations don’t cost a thing; like window shopping, it’s free.
    When HH took the Bible, he said: so help me God. Please listen to advice, Bally, as you meet your ambitions.
    Mazoka’s UPND is different from what it is today. Am happy he acknowledged the patriarch, kuyuma yuma, Kambela, to whom the UPND should be credited.
    HH’s reign will be super good because the foundation is solid to the core. If he squanders his chance he won’t be forgiven by the expectant youths. God Bless Zambia.

  23. By the way, did you see that he was saluting to the defence forces, not knowing how to match during the guard of honour inspection, coupled with constant nodding of his head and trembling hands? It signifies that he was overwhelmed. That’s a job on training task. He will soon get used.

    It was a packed stadium and the spectators were thrilled by the marvelous landmark event, that their cheering had a heavy toll on the president.
    Thanks Zambia for the colourful inauguration. Congratulations to HH.

  24. Its laughable how some bloggers are scrapping the bottom of the barrel to fault Hakiande …the man has shown steadfast leadership in 7 days something that Lazy Lungu LAMENTABLY FAILED to do in 7 years. When we called Lungu out it you very people who ridiculed us and called us names whilst Lungu and his goons ransacked the treasury. This is a different regime that nonsense is gone and we will also keep them in check too…just because we are happy that Lungu and his recklessness is gone it does not mean we are UPND, we just want a better Zambia…is it now sinking in your thick heads what patriotism is??????


  26. There was a time Mr. Kaizar Zulu shared on LT that he was born again. And true to his words, his contributions here were measured, not ill-intentioned. The language was appropriate befitting a born again Christian. After a few weeks or months, his language changed and was back to his old ways. Brother Kaizar, have you backslidden? Do you always tell the truth? How can we tell if what you say is true or not. You have always told us in no uncertain terms that HH will never rule Zambia. Was that just wishful thinking? HH is now the president and not Mr. Edgar Lungu. Please Mr. Zulu, start talking l like a true brother in Christ and give counsel to the lost souls again as you did before when you publicly professed Christ.

  27. 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 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

    A “feel good” speech full of promises and a long ‘shopping list’ of things. It will be impossible to achieve.
    Emphasis was on the economy, unity and good governance which is great.
    My issue is that it lacked in detail about the “how” his government intends to achieve all the things he has laid down. That will be the challenge. But in any case, confidence is sky high and signs are that he will be different from the failed Lungu regime. We shall wait and see… the neutral in us will hold him accountable and offer him constructive criticism.
    The first challenge is to assemble a great team to implement his vision!

  28. Mulongoti Machayi @35, the commander-in-chief is the reviewing dignitary during the ceremonial guard of honour. He’s the one who’s free to dictate the pace of the marching. The troops performi the honour guard are the ones to fit his pace. The commander-in-chief can acknowledge this by saluting (Trump often did that), nodding, raising his hand or saying some words if that is wht he wants to do because he’s the superior.

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