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Chief Ishima of the Lunda speaking people in Zambezi district has applauded the Zambian people for exercising their right to vote in last week’s general election.

The traditional leader says he was happy that people turned out in large numbers and voted for the leaders of their choice.

He said the voter turnout is a clear indication that democracy is growing in the country despite some pockets of violence in some parts of the country.

“I wish to applaud and commend the Zambian people for turning up in large numbers and voting for the leaders of their choice,” he said.

He disclosed that Zambezi has been peaceful before, during and after voting day a situation he said was commendable.

The traditional leader congratulated the President-elect Mr. Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Vice President-elect Mutale Nalumango for emerging victorious.

He said the victory for the UPND is the victory for all Zambians.

He has also commended outgoing president Edgar Lungu for conceding defeat and allowing for the smooth transition of power.

“That’s the sign and spirit of statesmanship which should be emulated by all our political leaders because Zambia is bigger than an individual,” he said.

He has appealed to all Zambians to remain peaceful and not engage in violence.

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