Zambia’s Lungu holds a thanks-giving rally in Lusaka

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Zambia President Edgar Lungu, who was on Monday declared winner of the presidential election is holding a rally in the capital Lusaka to thank his supporters.

The rally will be held east of Lusaka, at Woodlands near State House.

The incumbent Zambian leader garnered 1,860,877 which is a 50.3 per cent win against his main challenger Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development(UPND) who got 1,760,347 votes.

On Monday, President Lungu briefly addressed supporters outside his residence after he was announced winner, telling them to focus on uniting the country after the victory.

But the opposition disputed the outcome of the election saying the vote was stolen.

The main opposition party alleged that the delay in announcing the results pointed to stealing the vote.

An estimated 3million out of the 6.7 million who registered.

Voter turnout was at 56.5 per cent. Turnout during last year’s election stood at 32 per cent.

The planned petition by the opposition was likely to delay the inauguration of the president-elect Lungu, who was supposed to be sworn seven days after declaration of results.

It will take 14 days before the Constitutional court rules.

Soon after the announcement of the presidential winner, hundreds of ruling party supporters thronged the streets of the capital Lusaka jubilating, after waiting for news of the results.

Local media was reporting scenes of discontent in opposition strongholds like south of the country.

Supporters of the rival parties often clashed during the campaign that was dominated by the slump in the economy.

Several election observers have repeatedly said the conditions were conducive for a free and fair election.

It was Mr Hichilema’s fifth attempt on the presidency.