10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hakainde Hichilema

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  1. Hakainde Hichilema (born 4 June 1962) is a Zambian businessman and politician who has been President of the United Party for National Development, an opposition political party, since 2006.
  2. Hichilema was born in a village in Monze District in present-day Zambia.
  3. He received a scholarship to study at the University of Zambia and graduated in 1986 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration.
  4. Hichilema is married to Mutinta and has three children. He is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Hichilema is a millionaire and the second-largest cattle rancher in Zambia.
  5. Hakainde thereafter pursued an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
  6. He served as the chief executive officer of both Coopers and Lybrand Zambia (1994–1998) and Grant Thornton Zambia (1998–2006).
  7. He is a member of the opposition United Party for National Development, a liberal political party.
  8. Following the death of Anderson Mazoka in 2006, he was elected as the party’s new President.
  9. Haikande also served as the leader of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), an alliance of three opposition political parties.
  10. He was the first Zambian opposition political leader to be hosted on HARDtalk and the second Zambian Politician featured after former President Levy Mwanawasa.