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Vol 51 No 23

Published 19th November 2010


Zambia

Mining for votes

Firebrand politician Michael Sata’s anti-Chinese rhetoric is helping the opposition’s campaign ahead of next year’s elections

Opposition politicians and trades unionists have gone on the offensive since Chinese managers at the Collum coal mine shot protesting Zambian workers on 21 October. The charge is led by the veteran opposition leader Michael Sata, whose Patriotic Front (PF) will oppose the governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD)in next year’s elections. ‘I can’t see any investor in the People’s Republic of China shooting any Chinese and getting away with it,’ said Sata, a former colonial police officer and veteran politician whose main political base is the Copperbelt unions.

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