“We finally got the leader who we wanted and who will listen to our cries,” said a joyous Shadrack Mwewa, 20, a driver who sang the national anthem in the street after the result was announced. “I like him because I know that him being in power, he will bring change.” – NEWS24
Opposition leader, Michael Sata, has emerged Zambia’s new president after a tight election race with incumbent Rupiah Banda. Mr Sata was declared winner by Chief Justice Ernest Sakala after polling 43% of the vote with just seven constituencies left to be counted.
Zambians are said to be in a jubilant mood after the victory was announced early on Friday morning. BBC’s Louise Redvers, in the capital Lusaka, said parties were expected to continue into the night. Continue reading the main story
Date of Birth: 1937
Place of Birth: Mpika, Zambia- a rural district of the British Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia, as Zambia was called before the country’s independence.
- Political Career: Started in politics as municipal councillor and served as governor of Lusaka under Zambia’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda
- Resigned from Kaunda’s United National Independence Party in 1991 and joined Frederick Chiluba’s newly-formed MMD
- Served as MMD minister of local government, labour, and health. Was later minister without portfolio, the third-highest post in government
- Formed Patriotic Front in 2001, losing an election that year and in 2006 and 2008 read more
PF’s promises of more jobs and better education appear to have won over the electorate. Are you a Zambian? What is your reaction to Michael Sata’s victory?