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Vol 42 No 24

Published 7th December 2001


Zambia

Maize power

Maize meal helped drive Kenneth Kaunda from power and could do the same to the Movement for Multi-party Democracy which defeated him in the 1991 elections. When Kaunda cut subsidies on the staple mealie-meal, his support collapsed. The MMD's market economics strategy has been overwhelmed by a combination of drought and heavy flooding. Maize prices have shot up as shortages increase.

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