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Africa Felt Blessed to Have Hakainde Hichilema Embracing His Potential to Drive the Future of Leadership in Africa

Umar Farooq Zahoor
Africa Felt Blessed to Have Hakainde Hichilema Embracing His Potential to Drive the Future of Leadership in Africa

You must be aware that African growth & development have appreciably risen in last year. And, its hopes were actually raised when Hakainde Hichilema became the seventh President of Zambia. Do you know? He had a landslide victory on 16 August 202, and he shook the world securing a position over President Edgar Lungu.

That’s why, it is considered that this offers very high hopes to the entire of Africa because he is highly skilled and experienced leader.

Who is Hakainde Hichilema?

Hakainde Hichilema

Hakainde Hichilema is a self-described ‘cattle-boy’ that’s why known as Rose from humble beginnings. He is a self-made businessman due to his immense interest in finance, property, healthcare, and tourism. His victory at the election in itself proved that he has the potential to transform Zambia into a beleaguered economy.

He used to run so tech-savvy campaigning, especially targeting youngsters, demonstrating that he is also amongst them and not apart from them. His way of representing that he is not just a part of the business elites was popular amongst his young voters. After his success, a fact is very sure that now Africans have visions & hopes for a genuine meritocracy and strong economy which involves mainly youth.

He was born on June 4th, 1962. He is the seventh to start his office term from August 24, 2021, and is currently serving as the president of Zambia. He is a politician, successful businessman, and farmer. He fought several other elections in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015, & 2016, but finally, he won the presidential election for 2021 with more than 59% of the votes.

He followed as the leading face of the United Party for National Development as the founder Anderson Mazoka died in 2006. Earlier he was a major opponent of Edgar Lungu, who was the president of Zambia from 2005 to 2021. Later, achieved milestones.

His Breathtaking Success

His effortful resilience bid him an asset. He then cherished the presidency six times before his victory. Citizens of Zambia always admired a leader with experience and merit. A leader

whom they can trust and not mere slogans which claim to transform the trajectory of the country.

Copper prices collapsed in 2011, and Zambia which is the second largest producer of copper but has to languish for a whole decade. In addition, the hit of the COVID-19 pandemic did no favors to this economy. The concern was the negligence of the previous government in implementing a stable business environment.

This was witnessed in the mining sector. Due to this, it was unable to hit its full potential as many experts predicted as a “Supercycle” of a new copper. This failure was compounded due to the rising debt crisis. The external debt was around 12 billion USD.

Amongst all these serious events Lungu’s Patriotic Front came to power in 2011, and at that time they made quite big promises. They claimed to decrease taxes, to increase money in people’s pockets, including more jobs.

And, unfortunately, this majorly disheartens young people. Additionally, his administration was showered with numerous allegations. There were rumors as well claiming that the Chinese are financing his campaigns. Some rumors of corruption allegations were also claimed.

On the other hand, Hakainde Hichilema kept on connecting to young voters and his different nature was fruitful as he had an overwhelming victory. It is a fact that the stories of Hakainde Hichilema are very uncommon in Africa. As, across the continent, there were disastrous economic & health effects of the pandemic. This led to the worsening of already existing situations amongst many countries of the continent.

He was quite skilled & experienced, the same as the background of Alexander B. Cummings. Who rose to become head of Coca-Cola Africa along with the chief administrative officer of a multinational firm at the global level. Besides this, policy reform and focusing on the revival of the economy were the goals of Cumming and Hakainde Hichilema felt as same.

The Strengthening Meeting with Sheikh Umar Farooq Zahoor

The revival of an economy can be accelerated with the right efforts and integration of innovative ideas that have the potential to excel. Considering this, the most loved leader met a popular businessman; Sheikh Umar Farooq Zahoor. This meeting was highly productive in terms of defining the implementation of economy-building ideas.

These also focus on the other aspects of growth and development which are improving education, capitalizing on worthwhile businesses, empowering women, and much more so that it can serve the purpose well.

Summing up the whole

Zambia views Hakainde Hichilema as a fortune sealer. Due to his potential and skillsets people of Zambia trust him as a hope for the nation. His victory is also considered a mesmerizing opportunity considering it a game changer for Zambia. Might it is just a phase of change in Zambia, but in the long run, they have believed in the leaders they chose this time. Besides, it is a fact that this new generation of leaders is carrying the potential for better governance, more excitability, economic upliftments, and enriching the nation’s reserve once more with economic fortune.

Umar Farooq Zahoor
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