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Vol 58 No 8

Published 14th April 2017


Zambia

Lungu's way and the highway

After violent clashes en route to Kuomboka, the government wants to outlaw the main opposition party and gaol its leader

Extraordinary sights greeted viewers of the Prime TV News television channel on 8 April as President Edgar Lungu and United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema took their motorcades to the annual Kuomboka celebration of the Lozi people in Western Province. Kuomboka, which celebrates the rising of floodwaters, is a big cultural event, attracting national politicians seeking support from the Lozi. Opposition sentiment among the Lozi is also rising and Hichilema sees it as an important recruiting ground for the coming political contests.

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