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|Born||June 4, 1962
|Alma mater||University of Zambia (Economics and Business, 1986), Birmingham University|
|Occupation||Businessman and political party leader|
|Predecessor||Sakwiba Sikota (acting)|
|United Party for National Development (UPND)|
|Children||Miyanda (daughter), Habwela (son) and Chikonka (son)|
Hakainde Hichilema (born June 4, 1962) is a Zambian politician and the President of Zambia's largest opposition political party the United Party for National Development (UPND). He replaced Anderson Mazoka after an interparty election, organized by functioning party president Sakwiba Sikota, which followed Mazoka's death in May 2006. He was also President of the opposition alliance United Democratic Alliance (UDA) an alliance of three opposition political parties.
Hichilema was born in Hachipona village, Monze West, in Chief Hamusonde's area. Hichilema is married to former office manager Mutinta. Together, they have three children, daughter Miyanda, and sons Habwela and Chikonka. He has a MBA Finance and Business Strategy from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
- Equator Advisory Services, assistant consultant, 1986
- Coopers & Lybrand, restructuring Indeco, 1986
- Director, Corporate Advisory, 1989
- CEO, 1994-1998
- Coopers & Lybrand changed its name to Grant Thornton.
Hichilema sat on several boards of directors (which he gave up when he assumed party presidency in 2006)
Chairman of the board
- Sun International
- Greenbelt Fertilisers Ltd
- Media Trust Fund
- Export Development Programme
- Zambia Investment Board
- Seedco Zambia
- African Life Financial Services (Z) Limited
- Zambezi Nickel or Bermuda Limited (Bermuda)
- West Lake Investments (Mauritius)
- Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
- Zambia Business Forum
- seven other boards
In the 2006 election, Hakainde Hichilema was the presidential candidate of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and ran against incumbent president Levy Mwanawasa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy and Patriotic Front candidate Michael Sata. Hichilema received the endorsement of former President Kenneth Kaunda. The election was held on September 28, 2006, and Hichilema took third place with about 25% of the vote.
In June 2009, Hichilema's party, the UPND, formed a pact with Michael Sata's Patriotic Front (PF) to contest the 2011 election together. However, indecision on the pact candidate, deep mistrust and accusations of tribalism from both sides resulted in the collapse of the pact in March 2011.
- "Zambia to hold presidential by-election on Oct.30", Xinhua, September 10, 2008.
- "Opposition alliance in Zambia collapse as UPND pulls out", Newstime Africa, March 11, 2011.
- Profile in The Post, I've come to unify the country-Hichilema, by Amos Malupenga
- Profile at the Zambia Enterprise Network Association ZAEN
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