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This week in 10

2016 elections: a divided country

Zambia, once again, voted along tribal lines, with the north-eastern parts supporting Edgar Lungu (PF), and the south-western parts supporting Hakainde Hichilema (UPND) – (see map). Lungu is from Eastern Province, but grew up on the Bemba-dominated Copperbelt, and his party, the Patriotic Front (PF), was founded by the late President Sata, who had strong [...]

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Presidential election result in detail

Zambia Weekly takes a closer look at the presidential election results – province by province:  

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What is UPND’s next move?

The main opposition UPND party is currently pursuing two matters in court after President Lungu was re-elected in the general elections on 11 August: Recount in Lusaka On 13 August, during the counting of votes, the High Court turned down a UPND request to halt the release of election results until ECZ suspended three officials [...]

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Were the elections free and fair?

Church supports ECZ results… The Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) explained that its parallel vote tabulation (PVT) is consistent with the official results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). CCMG deployed monitors to 1,404 polling streams at 1,001 polling stations in every province, district and constituency of the country. CCMG gave Edgar Lungu [...]

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Mutembo Nchito stays in office… for now

The Constitutional Court has prevented President Lungu from firing suspended Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito, staying the latter’s dismissal until an inter-party hearing set for 19 August. Last week, Lungu fired Nchito – at the 11th hour before the elections – upon the recommendation of a tribunal. The tribunal was set up by Lungu [...]

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Kwacha remains stable

The Kwacha stayed remarkably stable around the elections. It is currently trading at around K9.98/$.

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Post-election violence breaks out

Last week’s elections were hailed as being peaceful, and the voting was indeed such, but the elections were blemished by political violence both before and after. This week carried several reports of UPND cadres in UPND strongholds in south-western Zambia protesting against President Lungu’s re-election. Apparently, police arrested about 150 cadres across Southern Province. In [...]

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Lusaka water supply to improve

Construction of a new bulk water supply pipeline from Kafue River to Lusaka has commenced, several years after the contract was signed. Towards the end of 2012, government announced that it had signed a K750 billion contract with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, funded by a concessional loan from Exim Bank of China, adding that [...]

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Election officer commits suicide

A presiding officer at Highland Secondary School polling station in Kabanana, Lusaka, Webster Mwango, has committed suicide by hanging himself, reported Muvi TV. No reasons were given. However, the opposition UPND party suggested that Mwango had either hung himself for turning a blind eye to election malpractices, or that he had been murdered to stop [...]

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Copper price continues to drop

Copper is currently trading at around $ 4,800 / tonne on the London Metal Exchange, having dropped to its lowest level in one month. The figure shows that the international copper price has been going generally downhill ever since the Patriotic Front (PF) assumed power in 2011, significantly restricting government’s economic room to manoeuvre.

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