INCOMING Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema said on Wednesday there will be an independent, professional and well-remunerated civil service which will foster economic development under the UPND government.
Hichilema, who will be sworn in on Tuesday next week, said this at his New Kasama residence when he met secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti.
Hakainde Hichilema was declared winner of Zambia’s hotly contested presidential election held last week, defeating incumbent Edgar Lungu.
He secured 2 810 757 votes against Lungu’s 1 814 201. The significant win sparked celebrations on the streets after an election marred by sporadic violence.
Hichilema, a former chief executive officer at an accounting firm before he entered politics, faces a task of turning around the economic fortunes of Zambia.
The election marked the sixth time Hichilema had run for the top job and the third time he had challenged 64-year-old incumbent Lungu.
“Together with you fellow Zambians, the public workers and private sector, we will ensure that our economic vision comes to fruition,” he said in a post on his Facebook page.
Yesterday Hichilema held a meeting with Ambassadors Anne Wagner-Mitchell of Germany, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury of Finland, Anna Maj Hultgård of Sweden, and Ambassador Antonio Maggiore of Italy. – Zambia Daily Mail.