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Vol 61 No 11

Published 28th May 2020


Gangs of the Copperbelt

The Patriotic Front has helped groups of artisanal miners form companies in return for delivering the vote in this crucial region

As so often in Zambia's elections, the Copperbelt will be decisive in next year's general elections and President Edgar Lungu's Patriotic Front (PF) is facing an uphill battle there. Over the past two years, economic growth has slowed down, inflation has risen, copper prices have crashed, and the kwacha has tumbled. The coronavirus pandemic looks like only the latest in a long line of hard blows to the living standards of ordinary Zambians.

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