Inauguration of Edgar Lungu

The inauguration of Edgar Lungu as the 6th President of Zambia took place on 13 September 2016. This was the second time Edgar Lungu took the oath after he first took office on 25 January 2015. Edgar Lungu took the oath alongside Inonge Wina as Vice-President of Zambia.[1][2] The day of the inauguration was set as a public holiday in Zambia and Monday September 12 as a half working day.[3][4]

Inauguration of Edgar Lungu
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Date13 September 2016 (2016-09-13)
LocationNational Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
ParticipantsPresident-elect: Edgar Lungu
Vice President: Inonge Wina

Lungu won the controversial August 2016 presidential election, receiving 50.35% of the votes. The election received various criticisms from the opposition party and the opposition petitioned the High court to block the inauguration. However, the high court rejected the application.[5]

Inaugural eventsEdit

Swearing-in ceremonyEdit

The official swearing-in ceremony took place at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka from 0800 hours (UTC) on 13 September 2016. Lungu arrived at the swearing in venue with his wife to a roaring crowd at 0835 (UTC). A priest delivered a prayer to commence the official proceedings. Under the observation of the Chief Justice of Zambia, Irene Mambilima, at 0900 (UTC) Lungu took his oath of office.[6] Lungu then addressed the nation.[7]

Inauguration speech (excerpt)Edit

Country Men and Women,

My primary duty this morning is to enjoin everyone of you, my dear compatriots, to join me in bowing our heads to thank God almighty for his omnipresent mercy and compassion in guiding us through the delicate electoral process that ended generally peaceful. Our new mission must now be to give ourselves the ability and confidence to be masters in our own destiny.

We must begin to conclusively wean our economy from the current copper mining dominated mono-economy. In this new dispensation we must promote and sustain agriculture to become one of the main drivers of our diversification programme.

My fellow Zambians, we must now start to redouble our efforts at indigenising investment in science and technology research, in development and in innovation. To do this, our skills base must improve correspondingly.

I can announce here that my administration will in this term of office, pursue nuclear technology as part of the a diversified sustainable energy mix to power our economy. I also have good news that some where in the north of the country, in block 31, investors have begun a promising exploration project for oil and gas.

Engaging in corruption cannot be a substitute to the pride that comes from personal effort and determination to achieve prosperity.

Let every village, chiefdom and town reverberate to the rhythm of our hard-working men, women and the youth. I can see and feel your aspirations, in Lumumba road, in Mongu, in Solwezi, in Chipata, in Mpika, in Kawambwa, in Mumbwa…Chimwemwe, Kanyama, in Chingola, and of course in Dundumwezi. Yes I hear you all.

My Dundumwezi promise stands…I am coming to greet those 252 dear supporters of mine and hope to convert more! I feel and hear your needs and we will not let you down. Let me end by saying let us hold each other’s hand and move forward together. We can jointly and whilst holding hands together climb even the highest mountain without being daunted by its summit. Thank you-mother Zambia; May God bless you all,

God bless the republic of Zambia!

— Edgar Lungu, Full Inauguration speech, Lusaka Times[8]

Dignitaries in attendanceEdit

Country Title Dignitary
  Botswana President Ian Khama[9]
  Kenya Deputy President William Ruto
  Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima
  Namibia Vice-President Nickey Iyambo
  Tanzania Vice-President Samia Suluhu[10]
  Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

President John Magufuli of Tanzania canceled his trip on 11 September 2016 due to the Tanzanian earthquake; Vice President Samia Suluhu attended instead.[11] Yoweri Museveni was also expected to attend the event, however, he went to Somalia instead, for the 28th IGAD Extra ordinary summit.[12]

Government representativesEdit

Country Title Dignitary
  Swaziland Deputy Prime Minister Paul Dlamini

International organization representativesEdit

Organisation Title Dignitary
African Union Commissioner for Economic Affairs Anthony Mothae Maruping
International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Executive Secretary Ntumba Luaba
Southern African Development Community Executive Secretary Stergomena Tax
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Secretary-General Sindiso Ngwenya[13]
Commonwealth of Nations Deputy Secretary General Deodat Maharaj


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