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Zambia: Will the economic slide hurt Lungu in the August polls?

By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe
Posted on Friday, 25 June 2021 07:56

Patriotic Front (PF) Presidential candidate Edgar Lungu and his wife Esther Lungu leave a rally in Lusaka 19 January 2015. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

The Patriotic Front (PF) regime won the 2011 elections, riding on the slogan: ‘more jobs, less taxes and more money in your pocket’. However, a decade later, the promises ring hollow as Zambians remain jobless and disgruntled.

Before the current regime took over, young Zambians had been complaining that despite the economy doing well under the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government, it was not generating enough job opportunities.

Subsequently, the PF government advocated for elevated government expenditure, especially for infrastructure projects (such as new roads, bridges, hospitals, government schools and even houses for police officers and soldiers) as a way to spur economic growth.