Zambian President Edgar Lungu sworn in

Zambia President Edgar Lungu sworn in after the August 11 Presidential election. FILE PICTURE: HUMPHREY NKONDE

Zambia President Edgar Lungu sworn in after the August 11 Presidential election. FILE PICTURE: HUMPHREY NKONDE

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has been sworn as the country’s sixth President after winning the August 11 election.

Mr Lungu was elected in January 2015 to finish the term of the fifth President Michael Sata who died on October 28, 2014.

The President’s inauguration and that of his running mate Inonge was attended by thousands of people at Heroes Stadium on Tuesday, which government declared a public holiday.

High profile African who attended included Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda and others.

Mr Lungu  of the Patriotic Front (PF)  polled 1, 860, 877 votes while his closest rival Mr Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition  United Party for National Development (UPND) got 1,760, 347 votes the August 11 Presidential election.

The votes that Mr Lungu got represented 50.3 percent of the votes cast while that of Mr Hichilema represented garnered 47.3 percent.

As the President got more than 50 percent of the votes cast, there was no re-run according to the amended Constitution that he signed on January 5.

However, the inauguration of Mr Lungu and his running and Vice President Inonge Wina was delayed for a month because it was petitioned Mr Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

The amended Constitution provides that if the Presidential election is petitioned, swearing in of the office bearing and the running mate is delayed until hearing by Constitution Court in 14 days.

During hearing of the petition before the Constitutional Court, 52 grounds that the UNPD leaders presented out of 80 that the lawyers filed were thrown out.

However, trial failed to take off before the Constitution Court because the limited time that the Constitutional Court was provided in the Constitution.

After the petition failed to go for trial before the Constitution Court, Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba claimed their rights were infringed upon because they were not and decided to take the matter to the High Court.

They sought interpretation from the High Court, which ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the petition that power was vested in the Constitutional Court, which according to the judicial hierarchy is at the same level as the Supreme Court.

Mr Hichilema, in his last frantic effort to stop the Presidential inauguration failed to stop the inauguration of the President and his running mate before the Supreme Court on Monday.

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