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Vol 43 No 14

Published 12th July 2002


Zambia

Levy at war

As the new President fights the old crowd, even mattresses are weapons

President Levy Mwanawasa has declared war on Frederick Chiluba, the man he replaced at the election last December. Chiluba's friends regard Mwanawasa as weak and ungrateful; they say he was handed the presidential nomination by Chiluba and has now turned against his sponsor; and they are deploying against him their old friends in the military and intelligence services. Mwanawasa is purging those services and suggesting that Chiluba should be prosecuted on corruption charges. This personal battle has split the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) and could threaten Mwanawasa's hold on power.

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