After months, weeks, and now these final days of “Don’t Kubeba!” (“Don’t tell them!) Patriotic Front (PF) supporters now have news to tell everyone—their man has won!
The scene just down the road from our flats was pure joy and relief after a day of nervous tension: people streaming out of apartments, cars honking, kids and teens yelling and running, fufuzelas buzzing, and all of it announcing the news—Michael C Sata is President of Zambia!
Yes, true, it all happened prematurely, some minutes before 10 PM the time marked out as when the official results would be announced. Even now as I write this I haven’t yet seen independently verified stats of a Sata victory.
But victory is in the air. People know it, people feel it. Especially here in central Lusaka, an area which far more than average PF supporters. Zambia’s done it: Zambians have democratically changed the power in party. Yes there was dispute, yes there were delays and anger and riots both here and on the Copperbelt, yes it wasn’t perfect. But those were the exceptions. The far greater majority are well represented by the noisy motorcade that just passed by.
Just now I hear noise of a second impromptu motorcade which I hope will be one of many more to come.
I am very proud to be a part of Zambia, and I am very happy to have gotten to help celebrate even in just a small way.