Hakainde Hichilema (HH) is a Zambian politician and businessman who was born on June 4, 1962, in Monze, Zambia. He is a father of three children (Miyanda, Habwela, and Chikonka) and is married to Mutinta Hichilema. HH spent his formative years in the Southern province of Zambia, where he attended local primary schools and pursued high school education at Kalomo Secondary School. Upon completion of high school education, he was admitted to the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Zambia where he graduated with a BA in Economics and Business Administration in 1986. He thereafter pursued an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
HH has been active in the business community and has a strong high level private and public sector network locally and internationally. Over the years HH has participated in community work such as building clinics, schools, livestock dip tanks, dams, boreholes, and founding a cultural fund that finances the revival of cultural ceremonies in Zambia.
He has since participated in five elections each time increasing his tally of votes. In the recent 2016 elections, he narrowly lost the Presidency to Edgar Chagwa Lungu who won the disputed elections by about 13,000 votes to garner the 50 plus one thresholds. In a move seen as an effort to tighten Edgar Lungu’s grip on power, a state of emergency was declared and HH was arrested on trumped charges on suspicion of treason (over an alleged traffic offense in a convoy he was just a passenger). He spent 127 days mostly in solitary confinement at the country’s Mukobeko Maximum Prison – that house death row inmates and those serving life sentences. His treason charges were dropped through efforts of the Zambians from all walks of life, the church in Zambia, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, and Baroness Patricia Scotland the Commonwealth Secretary-General and politicians abroad.
HH is a focused politician, driven by his unwavering desire to see Zambia realize its full potential by harnessing its valuable resources, people, and natural resources, to improve the quality of life for all its citizens. Anchored on his respect for equality of all citizens, rule of law, and the democratic rights for every citizen to the unconditional association and free speech, he has and continues to exhibit leadership and political maturity to navigate all political challenges thrown his way in the ever tighten political space in the country. His fight to uplift the standards of living for all Zambians has no limits of personal sacrifice. All for the love of his fellow Zambians, that he wishes to one day experience the Zambia they all aspire to and envision. A Zambia that guarantees present and future economic well-being for all its people– east, south, north, and west. A truly free Zambia, where every Zambian is motivated to participate and contribute to the fulfillment of its economic agenda free of the fear of persecution or harassment. A truly free Zambia in every sense– economically politically, socially, and religious beliefs.