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Vol 52 No 21

Published 21st October 2011


Zambia

How Banda got bounced

A party insider told us how the President’s team fouled up his expected election victory

Ex-President Rupiah Banda seemed to have everything on his side before the 20 September elections. The economy was strong, buoyed by record copper and cobalt export prices, and his campaign was rich with vans, musicians, comedians, and lollipops proclaiming ‘A President for All Zambians’. Yet all was not well inside the campaign team, led by a former Minister, Boniface Kawimbe, and his deputy, Martin Mtonga, a little-known computer specialist with no campaign experience. The President’s third son, Henry Banda, de facto head of his campaign, also had no experience. Western-educated, he hardly speaks any local languages so grassroots members of the then governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) believed he could not understand them.

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