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Vol 57 No 23

Published 18th November 2016


Zambia

A heartbeat away from Lungu

After the fevered election campaign Lusaka's politicking remains in overdrive as plotters seek to oust the Vice-President

President Edgar Lungu sacked the Information Minister and Chief Government Spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili, a founding member of the Patriotic Front, on 8 November. Although no official reasons were given for the move, Kambwili was conspiring to force Vice-President Inonge Wina to resign from the vice-presidency, State House sources told Africa Confidential. Kambwili has long been considered unofficial leader of the so-called Bemba Group within the PF, which could not countenance the idea of Wina, from the minority Lozi people, potentially succeeding to the presidency. Kambwili aimed to replace her with himself or with someone from the Bemba-speaking provinces of Northern, Luapula, Muchinga and Copperbelt, the PF's traditional strongholds.

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