Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
17 Aug 2021
8:15 am

Zambia poll result a harbinger for ANC

Eric Naki

Experts believe the Zambian election results indicated Africa’s quest for democracy was resilient.

President-elect Hakainde Hichilema wipes his face as he gives a press briefing at his residence in Lusaka, on 16 August 2021. Picture: Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Zambian president elect Hakainde Hichilema’s victory over incumbent Edgar Lungu is a lesson for the ANC that liberation credentials no longer count and the opposition can get into power in Africa. Experts believe the Zambian election results indicated Africa’s quest for democracy was resilient. “South Africa can learn from the Zambian example in terms of voting unresponsive governments out of power,” said Dr Sithembile Mbete, an international relations expert. “Zambian opposition parties and politicians have been focused and resilient in their efforts. This was Hichilema’s sixth presidential campaign." The Economic Freedom Fighters said Hichilema’s win should inspire all opposition parties...