Chargé d’Affaires a.i., David Young Meets with UPND Leader

Chargé d’Affaires a.i., David Young met with Hakainde Hichilema on December 19 to discuss the upcoming Zambian presidential by-election. (Ambassador Eric Schultz is out of the country on travel.) Over the past few weeks, Ambassador Schultz and other Embassy officials have been meeting with presidential candidates from Zambia’s main political parties urging free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections on January 20. Ambassador Schultz stated, “The United States will be pleased to work with whoever wins the Zambian presidential election. We will not take sides. Our concern is that the election is undertaken in a manner that peacefully upholds democratic procedures and transition.”