Awkward silences as the corrupt Zambian regime the ANC backed falls to the opposition it shunned

05 September 2021 - 00:00

When two weeks ago President Cyril Ramaphosa flew to Lusaka to attend the inauguration of Hakainde Hichilema as Zambia's new president, it must have felt a bit awkward. A man he had ignored in the past had taken the reins. And there were no photos - at least that I'm aware of - capturing the usual bonhomie when a new member enters this most exclusive of clubs.

Instead, what we saw - and the Zambians seemed quite keen to advertise this - was the new president excitedly and passionately high-fiving and hugging Mmusi Maimane in the grounds of State House. The Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa was also among the honoured guests...

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