THE INSIDE VIEW
The demise of Libyan leader Moammar el Gadaffi on 20 October will quicken the rush for contracts with the new regime from those who backed the
revolution. The contract race was summed up by a Korea Herald headline: ‘Korean builders brace for post-Gadaffi boom’. China, which had
remained loyal to Gadaffi until the fall of Tripoli, may lose out to its neighbour because of political misjudgment.
The prize is more than US$160 billion in foreign holdings, which the National Trans...
Ex-President Rupiah Banda seemed to have everything on his side before the 20 September elections. The economy was strong, buoyed by record copper and cobalt export prices, and his campaign was rich with vans, musicians, comedians, and lollipops proclaiming ‘A President for All Zambians’. Yet all was not well inside the campaign team, led by a former Minister, Boniface Kawimbe, and his deputy, Martin Mtonga, a little-known computer specialist with no campaign experience. The President’s third son, Henry Banda, de facto head of his campaign, also had no experience. Western-educated, he hardly speaks any local languages so grassroots members of the then governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) believed he could not understand them.