Zambia celebrating 54th Independence

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Queen Elizaberth handing over instruments of power to Kenneth Kaunda in 1964

Zambia is commemorating 54 years of Independence today, 24th October with Zimmbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa gracing the event.

The country was under the British rule until October 24, 1964 when it attained the independence with Kenneth Kaunda becoming the first President.

Zambia has seen transitions from Dr Kaunda’s UNIP which ruled upto 1991 when Frederick Chiluba under the MMD became the Second President following a landmark elections his party won with over 70 percent bringing to end the one-party-state system of governance.

The MMD continued introduced a two five year term of office for one to run.

Levy Mwanawasa

Chiluba tenure ended in 2001 but his party still won the elections with Levy Patrick Mwanawasa who could not finish his second term of of office following his demise in 2008.

His Vice president Rupiah Banda tookover after he won in a special election (presidential by-election).

Micheal Sata a veteran politician who had served in the both previous administration of Dr Kaunda and Frederick Chiluba ended the reign of MMD on the ticket of Patriotic Front, the party he had formed 10 years after Chiluba could not anoint him as successor.

His reign was short lived as he died three years into his presidency. His party retained the presidency in a presidential by-election with Edgar Lungu, a Minister under Sata as President.

Lungu and HH

President Lungu two years later in 2016 won in a contraversial general election his main contender Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition UPND has still not accepted.

Zambia goes to the next elections in 2021.

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