Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), insisted that he was the winner of the polls and that the party’s calculation showed 300,000 votes had been stolen from him.
The opposition leader said at a press briefing that the party had decided to petition the results in court instead of to protest in the streets, but was saddened by the court’s decision to throw away the petition without even hearing it.
He then asked the people of Zambia to take over the fight.
“We have received no justice. Our election was stolen,” he added.
He also called for the intervention of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The ruling Patriotic Front (PF), however, has said the opposition leader’s refusal to accept the election result was not a surprise as he had indicated before the polls that he would not accept defeat.
The country’s electoral body declared Lungu winner of the polls with 1,860,877 votes while Hichilema got 1,760,347 votes. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana