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Vol 43 No 9

Published 3rd May 2002


Zambia

Who's got the money?

It still isn't clear just who won the election and who stole the cash

President Levy Mwanawasa has bounced back from his stolen election in December and is surprising his many detractors by fending off both the opposition (which holds 81 of parliament's 150 seats) and his disgruntled predecessor, Frederick Chiluba. Zambians are dismayed that Mwanawasa's and his party's election malpractice provoke so little foreign interest compared to the obsessive attention paid to the equally flawed elections of their southern neighbour, Zimbabwe. To show he regards his domestic problems as under control, Mwanawasa last week visited President Robert Mugabe, as well as Tanzania's President Benjamin Mkapa. By history and by association, Mwanawasa is now a paid-up member of the bad elections club (AC Vol 43 No 8) and faces sanctions and aid cuts.

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