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Vol 55 No 3

Published 7th February 2014


Civil society under threat

Zambia has long boasted strong and independent institutions but the government has lately been riding roughshod over many of them

Zambian civil society was once one of the most effective on the continent. Mining unions played a key role in bringing down the one-party state and preventing President Frederick Chiluba from securing an unconstitutional third term. Yet they and other independent bodies are no longer able to act as checks on presidential power. Last December, the Health Minister, Dr. Joseph Mwenya Kasonde, said that over 500 striking nurses and midwives had been sacked as a lesson to other workers.

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