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Zambia: Is Hichilema’s reform agenda even possible after inheriting ‘empty coffers’?

By Sofia Mapuranga
Posted on Wednesday, 29 September 2021 13:14, updated on Thursday, 30 September 2021 19:18

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema in Washington DC, US on 27 September 2021. Twitter/@HHichilema

Zambia's new President Hakainde Hichilema has set the stage for his government by declaring a zero tolerance approach to corruption and a new set of reforms. However, lurking in the background is the fragile economy he inherited from former President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Will the new leader be able to follow through on such promises given the discovery of just how empty the state’s coffers are?

In his opening speech during the first session of the 13th National Assembly, Zambia’s new president said the new administration will pursue constitutional and electoral reforms as he fulfils the election promises made by his United Party for National Development (UPND) to the electorate, which voted him into office.