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Vol 55 No 17

Published 29th August 2014


Zambia

Sata sacks Kabimba

Bitter feuding in the Patriotic Front has led to dismissal of the President's preferred successor – from both party and government

President Michael Sata's shock dismissal of Wynter Kabimba as Justice Minister and Secretary General of the governing Patriotic Front leaves the succession still unclear. After mounting an intense resistance, Kabimba's enemies have triumphed. The largely Bemba faction in the party is also opposed to the radical and sometimes statist policies of President Sata, Vice-President Guy Scott and Kabimba, and centres on Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda. They are promoting Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata, the President's son, as a suitable successor to his father. Sata, however, is believed to consider his son a political lightweight and does not want him to follow in his footsteps, according to senior PF sources.

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