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Zambia: Young, urban and disgruntled PF supporters, can Lungu woo them back?

By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe, The Africa Report
Posted on Tuesday, 13 July 2021 20:53, updated on Wednesday, 14 July 2021 10:02

Zambian President Edgar Lungu arrives at the State Funeral Service of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Founding President of the Republic of Zambia at showgrounds in Lusaka, Zambia, Friday, July, 2, 2021. ( AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zambia’s ruling PF party and President Edgar Lungu's support base, youth and urban dwellers, form one of the biggest disgruntled constituencies of the Zambian population as they are one of the worst affected by rising costs of living, rise in inflation rate, fall in exchange rate and general decline in the quality of living in Zambia. Ahead of general elections slated for 12 August, will Lungu have enough supporters to secure a third term in office?

For the last 10 years, the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has preached pro-poor policies with the majority of Zambians hanging on to the hope of earning more money, securing more jobs and paying less taxes. However, they are now a disgruntled lot.

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