Population: 14.7 mn.
GDP: 23.0 bn.
Debt: 4.3 bn.

President Michael Sata turns 77 in July and is not in the best of health. Elections are two years off but the governing Patriotic Front is divided: one camp backs PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba, the other ex-Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba. Negotiations are underway with China Nonferrous Mining Corporation over environmental concerns with expansion plans. 


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  • Vol 55 No 20
  •  10th October 2014

Power struggle

Doubts about President Michael Sata’s health have heightened the power struggle in the governing Patriotic Front. The party’s focus is to ensure that Sata completes his term in office, however incapacitated, but the succession race is intens...

  • Vol 55 No 17
  •  29th August 2014

Sata sacks Kabimba

Bitter feuding in the Patriotic Front has led to dismissal of the President's preferred successor – from both party and government

  • Vol 55 No 15
  •  25th July 2014

No laughing matter

The governing Patriotic Front (PF) was in barely-concealed turmoil during President Michael Sata's week-long absence in Israel for medical treatment. Yet at the cabinet meeting on 14 July, Sata set off more political turbulence by making an injudicious jo...

  • Vol 55 No 13
  •  27th June 2014

Sata speculation grows

Concern is growing for the President’s health and also for the impact on his party should he leave office prematurely

  • Vol 55 No 12
  •  13th June 2014

Fury over Vedanta

A foreign company’s comments sparked public and government anger in a far-reaching debate about mining policy and taxes

  • Vol 55 No 11
  •  30th May 2014

Sata health fears grow

President Michael Sata was flown to Johannesburg on 26 May after a sudden deterioration in his health, Africa Confidential has heard. He had been expected to open the Heroes' National Stadium in Lusaka that day but did not show up.

  • Vol 55 No 8
  •  18th April 2014

Nevers on a Sunday

The evangelical cleric and leader of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy, Nevers Mumba, is struggling amid strong criticism from senior members of his own party. MMD Vice-Presidents Michael Kaingu and Brian Chituwo, and Spokeswoman Dora Siliya have accu...

  • Vol 55 No 3
  •  7th February 2014

Civil society under threat

Zambia has long boasted strong and independent institutions but the government has lately been riding roughshod over many of them

  • Vol 55 No 1
  •  10th January 2014

The politics of health

President Sata’s physical condition is the factor on which all else hangs, especially the sharpening divisions in his party

  • Vol 54 No 23
  •  15th November 2013

Vedanta cools row

India’s Vedanta Resources has moved to placate President Michael Sata after claims that the head of its Zambian subsidiary, Kishore Kumar, had insulted the Lusaka government. Kumar had met Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda on 7 November to discuss re...

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