Zambia polls free, fair: Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has congratulated Zambia for conducting “free and fair elections.”

Defence and Justice minister Edgar Lungu, 58, won by a 48,3 percent majority, the Zambia election commission said, after an election race marred by delays.

His rival, Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development, who earlier denounced Tuesday’s election as a sham, came close with 46,7 percent of the vote.

The election was called after the death of President Michael Sata last October.

Mugabe told the inauguration of Lungu in Lusaka yesterday that Zambia’s election has become a source of pride for the continent.

“May I also take this opportunity to thank all the presidential candidates for enriching the democratic process and for accepting the outcome,” Mugabe told thousands a day after hundreds of Zambians demonstrated against his premature arrival in Lusaka.

“The maturity exhibited by all stakeholders of this electoral process is a source of pride for Sadc and the rest of Africa,” said Mugabe, who is also Sadc chairman.

“This occasion marks the beginning of a new political leadership in Zambia. I salute the millions of Zambians who participated in this democratic process testifying that the democratic culture is taking root in southern Africa.”

Mugabe, Africa’s oldest head of State, appealed to Zambians to accept the outcome of the election which the opposition felt was compromised.

“This would be the surest way of nipping in the bud the problems that we have been grappling with on the continent for far too long,” Mugabe said.

“May you work together in harmony in honour of the illustrious sons of the African soil such as the late president Michael Chilufya Sata.

“In this way, you continue to serve the interests of your country and of our region and indeed of our African continent both in word and in deed.”

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Comments (18)

Can't he see that none of the people of his age was present, they are all at the Old Peoples Home. And the age difference with Edgar Lungu 58 versus 91.

Edzai - 26 January 2015

“This occasion marks the beginning of a new political leadership in Zambia. How I wish you could say the same about our own zim

Tahir Iqbal - 26 January 2015

What would Mugabe know about free and fair elections? It is pathetic!

TruthBTold - 26 January 2015

This man would not know what fairness even if it has Mr Diesel's face and bit him on his you know what. He is congratulating Zambians for their democracy and yet in Zimbabwe he says the leaders cant be determined by a ballot paper but a gun.

Galore 123 - 26 January 2015

I think he is aiming for the guiness book of records.

selele - 26 January 2015

Sekuru ava havana nyadzi zvachose> SHAME SHAME on you. What do you know about free and fair? Does that exist in your vocabulary? Mwari tibatsireyi muchizorodza harahwa iyi. Tatambura

vongai - 26 January 2015

All Mugabe does with his foolish utterances is confirm what we already know - he is a clown but a dangerous evil one! Democracy has been alive & well in Zambia since they rid themselves of Kaunda, who would have wanted to rule until he died.

saundy - 26 January 2015

Kusanyara,free & fair yaunoziva ndeipi? Kutopembedza zvirikuitwa nevana vadiki kunedzimwe nyika iwe kwako urikuita zveudzvanyiriri. Sies on you. Uchaomera pastage uchitadza kusiira vamwe vanozvigona nekukara. Hapana chauchagadzirisa chisiya tiite zvakaitwawo nezambia zvekutsvaka mutungamiri watinoda free & fair pasina favour.

maiwe zimbabwe yacho - 26 January 2015

He's an enigmatic person.

Dopori - 27 January 2015

THE HYPOCRITE WAS HAILING ZAMBIA'S DEMOCRACY WHILE BACK HOME HE DOES THE DIRECT OPPOSITE. Hanzi,''NYIKA HAITORWE NEPENCIL ASI NEGIDI.'' We don't need another war. ''COME WHAT MAY,DEMOCRACY WILL ONE DAY HAVE ITS WAY IN ZAMBABWE.'' Vemhuka vachadzisiya vachida rutsigiro rwevavakadzinga kuManzou farm.

zvichapera - 27 January 2015

What would a tyrant who has never held free, fair and credible elections all his life know on what is and is not free, fair and credible elections!

wilbert Mukori - 27 January 2015

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