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Friday, October 15, 2021

Zambia’s democracy is mature-Mnangagwa

Feature Politics Zambia’s democracy is mature-Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has applauded Zambians for holding peaceful elections in the just ended general elections.

President Mnangagwa said the smooth transfer of political power from the outgoing President Edgar Lungu to the incoming President Hakainde Hichilema is a clear demonstration of how Zambia’s democracy has matured over time.

He further said the country’s roots of democracy have been entrenched deep in the political dispensation. President Mnangagwa pointed out that the smooth handover of power should save as a lesson to many African countries especially within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

He said the SADC region is proud of Zambia’s record of holding peaceful elections and smooth transition of governments. President Mnangagwa is in the country to attend President-elect Hakainde Hichilema’s inauguration ceremony tomorrow, 24th August 2021.

He arrived in the country late in the afternoon yesterday around 17:26 hours local time. Mr. Mnangagwa is expected to fly back home after attending today’s inauguration ceremony set for the Hero Stadium in Lusaka.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s Minister for Defence Dominic Nitiwul has arrived in the country ahead of tomorrow’s inauguration ceremony for President-elect Hichilema. Mr. Nitiwul said the smooth transition of power in Zambia is a good sign for Africa that governments can be removed using the ballot.

He said it was pleasing that people were allowed to vote and choose their preferred candidate without violence. Mr. Nitiwul has since congratulated Zambia on behalf of the Ghanaian President and its people.

He stressed that the smooth transition of power in Zambia is a good example worth emulating by many African countries. Mr. Nitiwul said African countries must allow their people to freely choose leaders through the ballot.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Zambian democracy is not yet mature but is trying to mature. There are still a lot of obstacles on the way to maturity.

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  2. The politics is mature, the politicians are not mature. Look at their behavior, jumping from one party to another party in search of employment. A politician should join a political party for the principles the party stands for. Don’t join just because you have lost an election.

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  3. And what does Mnangagwa know about democracy??? He runs the most brutal dictatorship of Africa! Give me a break!

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  4. And what does the Zimbabwe president know about democracy? His country has not been a democracy for decades! Give me a break!

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  5. Zambia and Zimbabwe are Fraternal Twins. Zambia feels humbled to be praised in like manner. For the 3rd time, we have removed an incumbent. This a hat trick for this country. Let Zim learn from Zam how to score. Against all odds, next time Zed must witness inauguration of a true popular Zim presdo.

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  6. PRAISE FROM THIS PRESIDENT WHO CONTINUES TO DRIVE HIS COUNTRY DOWNWARDS MEANS ZERO
    TO MOST OF US
    AND THAT INCLUDES MOST OF THE OTHERS COMING
    SAD INDEED

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  7. Most African leaders should learn to handover power and opposition leaders should learn to be vigilant and put pressure
    As even here it was not plain sailing.Ask President HH after how many attempts did
    He manage?

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  8. I agree. Zambian politicians tend to be ‘fair-weather’ politicians. Promptly moving camp when there is no quick money to be made!

  9. Zimbabwean democracy hasn’t left the cradle unfortunately. This is a big deal for Zambia, but I hope the new leadership don’t disappoint. Reduce the debt and if you can’t afford vanity projects, take your time rather than borrow at a high cost.
    Seeing that the new president suffered under the repression ( near abolition) of freedom of speech, alleged state sanctioned police brutality, multiple arrests and imprisonment, it would be great to have assurances in deeds and not just words that we are turning a corner for the better.

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