He was born on June 4, 1962 in Monze, Southern Province of Zambia.
He graduated from the University of Zambia with a degree in Economics and Business in 1986. He also holds an MBA (Finance & Business Strategy) from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (1990-1991) He is married and has three children Miyanda (daughter), Habwela (son) and Chikonka (son).
Hichilema was brought by a single parent.
Mr Hichilema is one the wealthiest Zambians. Mr Hichilema is one of the leading suppliers of beef to Zambeef Plc. Mr Hichilema has ranches holding over 90,000 cattle in Central and Southern provinces valued at over USD 60 million.
Following the death of Anderson Mazoka in 2006, he was elected as the party’s new President. He also served as the leader of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), an alliance of three opposition political parties.
In the 2006 election, Hichilema was the candidate of the UDA and ran against incumbent president Levy Mwanawasa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy and Patriotic Front candidate Michael Sata. He received the endorsement of former President Kenneth Kaunda. The election was held on 28 September 2006 and Hichilema took third place with about 25% of the vote.
Hichilema ran as the UPND candidate in the 2008 election, which was called following the death of President Levy Mwanawasa. He came 3rd with 19.7% 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.
He was one of the two main candidates in the 2015 election, which he lost by a narrow margin of just 27,757 votes (1.66%) against the ruling party’s candidate. Hichilema denounced the election as a sham and urged his supporters to remain calm
We extend our warm hearts to Mr. Hakainde Hichilema on this his birthday! Long live HH! Sure we pray our heavenly father without ceasing to keep you dear Mr. President, that you continue being an instrument of justice, peace, love, unity and re-injection of Hope and determination in our peoples!