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Vol 58 No 23

Published 17th November 2017


Zambia

Patriotic front on back foot

The governing Patriotic Front is looking more and more like a personal vehicle for President Edgar Lungu, now that a splinter party with a strong footing in the Copperbelt has established itself. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was formally registered in late September by former Chimwemwe PF member of parliament Mwenya Musenge, who was expelled by Lungu in July along with Roan PF MP and former Minister for Information Chishimba Kambwili . Both are from the Copperbelt, an all-important PF stronghold that Lungu is in increasing danger of losing. Kambwili continues to contest his expulsion and technically remains in the PF, but the NDC is seen as his baby. Charismatic and fiercely anti-Lungu, Kambwili has his eyes on the Presidency, Lusaka pundits say.

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