Hakainde Hichelema is the 7th and current president of the Republic of Zambia, a position he has served in since August 2021.
Besides being the most powerful man in Zambia, President Hakainde Hichilema is also one of the richest people in Zambia and even before he became president, he already lived in a mansion bigger than the state house.
Here is everything you need about President Hakainde Hichilema’s house including the reason why he opted to stay at his house instead of moving into the state house.
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Details about President Hakainde Hichalema’s house
President Hakainde Hichalema’s house is a large stately mansion that is commonly known as the community house.
It sits on a huge piece of land in the lush suburbs of New Kasama in Lusaka at least 10 km from the Nkwazi House.
After winning the presidential election in August 2021, President Hakainde Hichalema was expected to move into the state house but he didn’t move immediately as he had to wait for renovations to be made on the state house, but many months later, it appears that he is no hurry of relocating to the Nkwazi House.
His decision to continue staying at the community house has sparked a debate in the country where some critics believe that he is spending too much on his daily commute to and from the state house where he has to report every day to attend to official duties and that he should relocate while others don’t think it’s a big deal where the president resides.
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Hakainde Hichelema's background and education
Hakainde Hichilema was born on the 4th of June 1962 in a village in Monze District, in the Southern Province.
He won a scholarship after graduating from high school, enabling him to continue his study at the University of Zambia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration. He later attended the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom to pursue an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy.
Besides his political career, Hakainde Hichelema is also a businessman and a farmer. He is currently the second-largest cattle rancher in Zambia and has over 70 cattle ranches with over 700,000 animals and 100 farms to his name.
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Hakainde Hichilema's political career
Hakainde Hichilema was elected as the president of the United Party for National Development in 2006 following the death of Anderson Mazoka and he ran for president for the first time during the 2006 general elections. He lost to the incumbent Levy Mwanawasa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy and finished in 3rd place.
He tried his luck again in 2008, 2011, 2015, and 2016 elections and lost all four times. Not losing hope, he ran for president again during the 2021 general election and this time, he was victorious.
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