President Mnangagwa congratulates Hichilema

by | Aug 17, 2021 | International | 0 comments

 

Hosia Mviringi

 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a congratulatory message to Zambia’s President-elect, Hakainde Hichilema.

 

Hichilema was elected as Zambia’s 7th president last week.

 

“I am gratified to warmly congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Zambia. Your election to the highest office is a ample testimony to the confidence and trust that the people of Zambia have in your leadership to guide the country to a prosperous future,” said President Mnangagwa in a statement.

 

The seasoned Zambian opposition leader won a resounding electoral victory against the incumbent President Edgar Lungu.

President Mnangagwa in his message took time to assure the incoming leader of the country’s

Northern neighbour of his availability as a brother for all the support that might be needed in this new journey in national, regional and international leadership and interactions.

 

President Mnangagwa also reiterated his and Zimbabwe’s readiness to work together with Hichilema and the government of the Republic of Zambia in solidifying and deepening the already cordial relations that exist between the two sister peoples.

 

“I also wish to assure you of my readiness to work closely with you at the regional, continental, and international levels as we seek to advance the ideals of development, peace and stability,” said President Mnangagwa.

 

President Mnangagwa in October 2018, on the occasion of Zambia’s 54th Independence celebrations at State House in Lusaka, described the two nations as Siamese twins who can not do without each other.

 

Zimbabwe and Zambia co-manage one of the most important water resources, the Zambezi River, through the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) through which the two nations are jointly developing the Batoka Hydro Power Station.

 

 

The Batoka Hydro Power Station has the potential to set the two nations on a trajectory towards energy self-sufficiency.

 

The two countries also co-own one of the biggest man-made water reservoirs in the world, Kariba Dam, which produces the cleanest and most reliable energy for the two countries.

 

 

Zimbabwe offers a transit gateway for Zambian exports while Zambia provides a lucrative market for Zimbabwean goods.

 

Such is the extent of the indestructible sisterly bond between the two nations.

 

August 12, 2021, Zambian elections have been hailed as being largely peaceful, free and fair, in which all eligible participants were free to partake.

 

 

The African Union through the office of the Chairperson has congratulated the Zambian President-elect and pledged all the necessary support in his new journey as President of the Republic.