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Vol 62 No 1

Published 7th January 2021


Election-mania takes hold

All the government’s energies are focused on winning the 12 August poll as it tries to ignore an economy in freefall

Aware that it looked odd that it did not have a plan to restore the nation’s economic fortunes, the government quickly rushed out its Economic Recovery Programme on 17 December as the latest International Monetary Fund mission left the country (AC Vol 61 No 25). Yet sources in Lusaka and Washington alike call it a cosmetic exercise, a programme designed only to buy the government time, while all the efforts of the ruling Patriotic Front and government ministers direct themselves to re-electing President Edgar Lungu and increasing their majority in parliament. All else is secondary.

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