A national newspaper in Zambia misspelled Vice President Kamala Harris ‘ first name on the front page of its edition on Friday in a story about her meeting with the country’s president.
The Times of Zambia ran a headline on September 24 that read “Kamara Hosts HH” – referring to Harris’ meeting with Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday.
Some details of the White House meeting were released late on Wednesday and the recently elected president became the first Zambian leader to visit the White House since 1992.
Twitter users pointed out the front page typo on Friday but the error also appeared on The Times of Zambia ‘s website when Newsweek accessed it early on Friday morning.
However, the vice president’s first name was spelled correctly in the body of the article.
The Times of Zambia is a national daily newspaper in the country of more than 18 million people. Newsweek has asked the newspaper for comment.
Harris met the Zambian president in her ceremonial office on Wednesday and she spoke about their shared commitment to democracy. Hichilema won the fraught presidential election on August 12 in a landslide victory over incumbent President Edgar Lungu.
“This is the first time that we are welcoming Zambia to the White House since 1992, so we think of this as being historic in terms of the significance of your visit and your election,” Harris said, according to a White House readout.
“We recognize, of course, that in addition to the great ties between our people, we both share common values and a common vision of what is possible in the midst of the challenges that we all face,” she said.
“And, today, of course, we share a commitment to democracy. And we understand and know that to strengthen democratic institutions means to respect and uphold the rule of law and to lead understanding the significance and importance of fighting for all people and their rights and human rights.”
Hichilema congratulated Harris and President Joe Biden for “winning your elections here in a, I think, decisive win.”
“We, too, were delivered by the people of Zambia in a substantial way under very difficult circumstances – democratic space not being abided – since we’ve talked about democracy,” he said.
Hichilema said he felt “honored” by the visit and agreed with Harris on the key issues.
“And I think you touched on the most important issues – important issues to do with valuing democracy; valuing democracy, the rule of law, institutionalism, if I may use that expression – for us to be able to run our countries in a manner that would deliver what we may call demographic dividend,” Hichilema went on.
“Delivering accelerated economic growth, development to offer opportunities to our people – I think, Vice President, that’s what will sustain democracy. That’s what will make democracy attractive,” the president said.
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