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Vol 44 No 12

Published 13th June 2003


Zambia

Sacking the veep

Frayed tempers and shoddy deals lie behind President Mwanawasa's political cull

In an unexpected reshuffle on 28 May, President Levy Mwanawasa sacked Vice-President Enock Kavindele, long-time friend and Finance Minister Emmanuel Kasonde and Information Minister Newstead Zimba. Two main opposition parties, the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) and the United Party for National Development (UPND), promptly asked the High Court to declare one of the changes unconstitutional. The man who provoked them to action is Kavindele's replacement, Nevers Mumba, a charismatic tele-evangelist who had quit his own party just one day beforehand.

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