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Zambia: President Elect Michael Chilufya Sata Sworn In

 

President -elect Michael Chilufya Sata has been sworn in as Zambia’s fifth republican head of state at the Supreme Court grounds.

President Sata, who arrived in the company of First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda and immediate past head of state Rupiah Banda, was sworn in by Chief Justice Ernest Sakala on Friday afternoon..

The new head of state has pledged to dedicate his services and abilities to the welfare of the Zambian people without fear or favor.

In his inaugural speech, President Sata thanked God for the peace and unity that prevailed in the country during the September 20 elections.

He appealed to Zambians to live side by side in harmony despite their political affiliation as violence has the potential to divide the nation.

The newly elected president assured the voters that his party, the Patriotic Front (PF) will work extremely hard so that at no time should the people regret the decision they have made.

President Sata also congratulated the Electoral Commission of Zambia for the diligent service provided during the polls despite the various challenges faced by the commission in the electoral process.

He urged his presidential contenders to join him as they work to fight poverty and all injustice that citizens are subjected to.

The head of state thanked his wife Dr.Christine Kaseba, children and family for their never ending love, loyalty, and encouragement.

President Sata pledged to commit himself and the PF to ensuring democracy and the rule of law are upheld at all times.

He noted that there is need to grow back to the drawing board and implement workable polices that will create employment and provide job security.

The President reiterated his willingness to stand by his promise of initiating developmental projects within 90 days.

He disclosed that his regime will work on reducing the size of cabinet and government expenditure so that resources can be channeled to development.

The head of state noted that Zambia can never achieve equitable development unless Government is committed to poverty as Zambians are entitled to better life.

Commenting on Corruption, the president said it has been a constraint to development in many countries and should be curbed without fail.

He noted that corruption is morally unacceptable as it is a killer and responsible for retarded development in the nation.

President Sata also commended his predecessor for the job well done, adding that it is vital that they work together for a better Zambia.

The head of state further appealed to citizens not to relent in the provision of checks and balances to allow for the smooth running of the country.

 

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By ANGELA CHISHIMBA, MARGARET SAMULELA and CAROLINE KALOMBE
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Michael Sata was on September 23 elected Zambian President, ending the 20-year rule of the MMD, and heralding another chapter in one of Africa’s foremost multi-party democracies.
Mr Sata garnered 1,150,045 votes to beat incumbent President Banda by an insurmountable 188,249 votes, with seven constituencies to spare.
Returning officer Ernest Sakala, who is also Chief Justice, declared Mr Sata winner 10 minutes after midnight, inviting a wild roar of celebrations from several townships across the country. 
“I Ernest Sakala being returning officer for the Presidential election do declare that I have ascertained the results and declare Michael Chilufya Sata to be duly elected as President of the Republic of Zambia this 23rd day of September, 2011,” he said.
The consummate politician, who won the seat on his fourth attempt, becomes Zambia’s fifth President after founding President Kenneth Kaunda, Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa and Mr Banda.
Mr Sata was declared winner after verified results from 143 constituencies of the elections held on September 20.
Electoral Commission of Zambia chairperson Ireen Mambilima said Mr Sata polled 1,150,045 representing 43 percent, followed by Mr Banda with 961,796, representing 36.1 percent and United Party for National Development candidate Hakainde Hichilema at 489,944, representing 18.5 percent of the verified votes.
Ms Justice Mambilima said the difference in results between the top two contenders is 188,249. The total number of registered voters in the seven constituencies that were yet to submit their results is 157,710.
Ms Justice Mambilima said assuming that all the voters voted for the runner-up, Mr Sata would still maintain the lead by 30,539 votes.
She said under section 74(3)(b) of the Electoral Act number 12 of 2006, the commission is empowered to determine and declare the result of an election without receiving the results of all polling stations if the outstanding results are not likely to materially influence the overall result of that election.
“We have, therefore, ascertained the winner of the 2011 presidential election,” she said.
The constituencies where results were not yet received are Kalabo Central, Liuwa, Sikongo, Lukulu West, Luena, Mongu Central and Nalikwanda, all in Western Province. 
The other presidential candidates are Alliance for Democracy and Development’s Charles Milupi who polled 13,382 (0.8 percent), National Restoration Party president Elias Chipimo with 10,190 (0.4 percent), UNIP’s Tilyenji Kaunda with 9,713 (0.4 percent) and Forum for Democracy and Development candidate Edith Nawakwi with 6,627 (0.3 percent).
The rest are National Movement for Progress candidate Ng’andu Magande who polled 6,097 (0.2 percent), Heritage Party’s Godfrey Miyanda with 4,358 (0.2 percent) and Zambians for Empowerment and Development candidate Frederick Mutesa with 2,191 (0.1 percent).

 

Zambia Daily Mail

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