Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema: ‘We’ve never seen such levels of corruption’

By Nicholas Norbrook

Posted on June 14, 2021 07:10


After first declaring its eurobond default at the peak of the pandemic in 2020, Zambia is trying to find a way out of its economic woes. Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s leading opposition leader, talks to us about the challenges in ensuring a free and fair election this year.

On 12 August, Zambians go to the polls to vote in their next president.

Zambia’s ruling party, the Patriotic Front, confirmed Edgar Lungu in April as its candidate in this year’s polls.

With electoral campaigns now open since 21 May, 19 candidates have so far presented themselves as contenders against Lungu.

But one man in particular is looking to take over from the incumbent president.

He’s hoping the sixth time will be a charm.

In this week’s Talking Africa, we speak to Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s main opposition candidate, of the United Party for National Development.

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