Is Lungu campaigning ahead of time?
President Lungu is busy travelling the length and the breadth of the country. At his so-called ‘working visits’ to this province or that he is launching development projects, and promising even more development such as roads, electricity and mobile phone coverage. He may not be outright saying ‘vote for me!’, but he is making it quite clear to people, that development is closely linked to voting for the incumbent government. I find it a bit difficult to distinguish between these working visits and campaigning. True, the president was not adorned in PF regalia, nor is he accompanied by hordes of singing, chanting and praising supporters, in a road show similar to a carnival. Yet, everyone knows that he is vying for votes. No one, not even the president, is allowed to campaign until 16 May 2016, three months before the election on 11 August, when the official campaign period starts. Until then, the fine line is obviously being stretched as much as possible.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly