PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA
The President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Hakainde Hichilema was born on 4 June 1962. Before joining politics, Mr. Hichilema was a successful corporate personality, businessman and philanthropist. President Hichilema was elected as the seventh president of Zambia after the 12th August 2021 General Elections after having contested five previous elections in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2016. President Hichilema won the August 2021 presidential election with over 59% of the vote under the United Party for National Development (UPND) Alliance, a party he has led since 2006.
Prior to the 2021 elections, President Hichilema was the major opponent of President Edgar Lungu, the President of Zambia from 2015 to 2021. On 11 April 2017, President Hichilema was arrested and charged with treason after a traffic infraction in the Western part of Zambia during a Traditional Ceremony. The arrest and Treason charge were widely condemned, with protests held in Zambia and abroad, demanding for Mr. Hichilema’s release. President Hichilema was released from prison on 16 August 2017, and the charge of treason was dropped. He was declared winner of the 12th August 2021 General Elections on 24th August 2021 after having run a campaign of Anti-Corruption, rule of law and fiscal discipline.