Zambia’s President-elect lauds Commonwealth’s role in peaceful election

President of the Republic of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, has attributed peaceful polls to roles played by the Commonwealth under the leadership of its Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland.

In an interview with journalists at the Commonwealth on Tuesday, he recalled how his release was secured by the Commonwealth Secretary General in 2017 as well as her effort that stabilised Zambia.

Hichilema said he was imprisoned on trumped-up charges, but was released in 2017 after the intervention of the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

“Patricia Scotland didn’t give up. The Commonwealth didn’t give up as they came back before the election”, even though the situation didn’t improve before she left in 2018.

Hichilema said Zambia was confronted with numerous political and social…

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