Elections in Zambia

Zambia will be holding presidential and parliamentary elections in August, and there is a good chance that the incumbent president (Edgar Lungu) and his Patriotic Front will lose power to Hakainde Hichilema and the United Party for National Development. On 4 July, the CSSR held an informal discussion of the forthcoming elections. Prof Horman Chitonge (of the Centre for African Studies), Dr Mundia Kabinga (of the Graduate School of Business) and Hangala Siachiwena (a PhD student in Sociology and the CSSR) led the discussion. The event was organised by Hangala, whose research focuses on the effects of change of government on social policy-making (see Hangala's Working Paper on policy reforms under the 2011-14 Zambian government). The CSSR intends to hold a workshop on the election results in early September.