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Dismantling the cartel

THE cartel exists and any attempt by this new Government to ignore this reality will be an exercise in futility and a danger to its own stability. Let there be no doubt the cartel has influence in all sectors of governance. Not even the judiciary, Zambia Revenue Authority, criminal prosecution, and public service have been […]

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Saved by defeat

  HH and the UPND in general may not think so but their loss in this dead heat contest may have served the country from a very fractious transition. Social scientists who undertook pre-election polls were unanimous that Edgar Lungu was going to win by up to 63 percent of the vote.  This estimation was […]

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Desperation for poll results

The harassement of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) staff so that they can hurriedly  announce results of the Presidential election held on Tuesday is not only uncalled for  but also an infringement of the Electoral Code of Conduct. We understand the anxiety associated with waiting for the outcome of any competition, especially an election, […]

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Accept the people’s verdict

THIS election must be one of the most closely scrutinized plebiscites ever held in this country. There are monitors from outside the country and private tabulations by local interest groups including internal oversight by political parties that are represented at almost all the polling stations in the country. It will be very difficult for any […]

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Only one will win

  THERE can only be one winner in any contest and an election is no exception. Yesterday, Zambians across the country cast their votes to elect a president to preside over the affairs of the country for the next one and a half years following the death of President Michael Sata in October last year. […]

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Emotional Quotient ZAMBIANS are looking for a leader who does not only embody intelligence but has an emotional quotient that embraces the wishes and aspirations of all citizens. This includes dealing with serious contentious issues that have eluded the last regime because it was blackmailed into silence, and therefore inaction. Important institutions of governance were […]

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Wise choice

Zambia goes to the polls tomorrow and the tempo between the two front runners, Patriotic Front and UPND, is equally highly charged. There is a very serious worry among observers that due to the incessant campaign against the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), an impression has been created to suggest that definite steps have been […]

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Voter apathy

With only five days remaining before Zambians go back to the poll to elect the sixth head of State following the death of President Michael Sata in London on October 28 last year, there  remains little time left for the 11 contesting candidates to explain  on how they will impress upon the electorate to turn […]

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Policy direction

WHAT are the policies of the 11 political parties contesting this month’s Presidential election? This is probably one question that comes to the mind of political observers as they listen to Presidential contenders’ campaign. In the political arena currently, the campaigns are awash with promises of freebies. While some candidates are promising free education, others […]

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Oil saga

  OIL prices have declined to their lowest ever in so many years-US$48 per barrel. This is almost US$100 lower than the price we paid a few months ago. The decline has been drastic and beyond all market expectation and yet the impact on our pump prices in Zambia has been absolutely minimal or really […]

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