Statement of Bishop Trevor Mwamba, President of UNIP
For immediate release
Lusaka, 15 August 2021
The great nation of the Republic of Zambia has spoken, and has delivered a resounding victory to my friend, erstwhile rival and now future President Hakainde Hichilema. I congratulate him on capturing the hope and aspirations of our people.
The mark of a great democracy respects the will of the people and when that will changes, it respects the transition of power necessary to deliver on the intentions of its citizens.
I have written privately to President Lungu to commiserate with him on his loss, and thank him for his service to the nation during his two terms as leader. I have urged him to concede and to ensure that above all the constitution of Zambia is protected, and that peace and order is ensured.
As the Bible reminds us in 1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” Our founding father encapsulated this same thought as ‘One Zambia, one nation’.