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 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...

  • Vol 54 No 22
  •  1st November 2013

Fights over Kabimba wrack the PF

The President is under pressure to heal the party divisions caused by the succession issue. A top party meeting resolved nothing

  • Vol 54 No 19
  •  20th September 2013

Kabimba loses his footing

The PF Secretary General looked ready to succeed Sata but determined opposition could dash his ambitions and the President’s wishes

  • Vol 54 No 18
  •  6th September 2013

KK cuts a dash

The Movement for Democratic Change’s application to the Constitutional Court to void the elections created uncertainty over the timetable for the inauguration of President Robert Mugabe and, with it, any hope that the pageantry could emulate the muc...

  • Vol 54 No 18
  •  6th September 2013

Banda redraws party lines

The MMD is in dangerous disarray. The UPND is attracting defectors and popular support, even from Banda himself

  • Vol 54 No 11
  •  24th May 2013

How to win friends

Sata’s government has a reputation for outspokenness but its economic policies are still getting support from Western investors and officials

  • Vol 54 No 11
  •  24th May 2013

Dodgy defections

President Sata wants a parliamentary majority to match his executive power, and public funds are running out

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