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Zambia: The people protecting and supporting Hakainde Hichilema

By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe

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Posted on September 27, 2021 09:35


Hakainde Hichilema’s road to the Zambian presidency was not without bumps and turns along the way. He has relied on a strong network of people across business and politics who continue to support him as he turns a new page for the country. We take a look at his circle of close confidants.

President Hakainde Hichilema (HH), according to close contacts, is not an easily trusting figure and as a result, keeps his inner circle lean and close to his chest. However, of the few individuals that he confides in, there is one shared characteristic – a long, unbroken history of friendship and commitment.

Munankupya Hantuba (Muna Hantuba), a long-time friend and confidant of Hichilema, is currently the Group CEO of African Life Financial Services Limited. The wealthy Lusaka-based businessman has investment portfolios that are similar to HH, which dip into energy, insurance, mining, real estate, corporate services, agriculture and retail, among other sectors.

While Hantuba is one of the most powerful men in the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND), he neither sits at a government table nor does he steer any state vehicle. He’s simply a private citizen who can locate

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