President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is set to travel to Lusaka, Zambia, to attend Hakainde Hichilema’s inauguration as Zambia’s sixth President.
According to a statement from Malawi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, President Chakwera will go to Zambia on Tuesday next week to attend the inauguration of the President-Elect of the Republic of Zambia.
“More details of His Excellency the President’s trip will be announced later,” reads the statement issued a short while ago.
Hichilema – who represented the United Party for National Development (UPND) in last week’s general elections – beat the incumbent President Edgar Chagwa Lungu of the Patriotic Front. Lungu has served as Africa’s leading copper producing nation for six years. He took over from late President Michael Sata, who died in office in 2015.
In 2016, Hakainde Hichilema – or HH as he is popularly and fondly called by his supporters in Zambia – was arrested and jailed for treason by the Lungu administration after he disputed the election of the latter to the presidency.
This was Hichilema’s sixth attempt to obtain voter approval to occupy the State House. Lungu has grudgingly acknowledged defeat and pledged to facilitating a smooth transition of power in Zambia.
Meanwhile, US Vice President Joe Biden has announced the formation of a Presidential Delegation to Zambia to attend His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema’s Inauguration on August 24, 2021, in Lusaka, Zambia.
Ms. Enoh T. Ebong, Acting Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
Mr. David J. Young, Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, U.S. Embassy Lusaka
Ms. Dana L. Banks, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa.