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Vol 56 No 23

Published 20th November 2015


Zambia

PF scrambles for support

As the copper price goes into free fall, the crisis in the governing party grows ever more severe

The latest rupture in the front ranks of the Patriotic Front came when former presidential aspirant Miles Sampa resigned as Deputy Commerce Minister at the end of October. On the surface, he leaves with the consent of party leaders and there is no quarrel with President Edgar Lungu. As reported in the government-owned Zambia Daily Mail, he simply wants to prepare his own campaign for the PF nomination for presidential candidate in the 2017 election. Yet the real reason for his resignation is that Sampa claims that the PF Politburo is helping itself to public resources while poverty levels rise wildly, PF insiders say. He also told friends he could not bury his head 'in the sand and pretend that everything is fine'.

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