Lusaka – Zambia’s general election is less than a year away, and the pollsters and pundits have started to have their say.
The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) – the research division of The Economist – tips the incumbent, President Edgar Lungu, and his Patriotic Front party to emerge victorious.
In its latest report, the EIU says President Lungu will have his work cut out for him in steering Zambia through rough economic terrain within the context of the new coronavirus-induced Africa-wide recession.
It says recovery from a low base next year will strengthen gradually, in line with rising global prices for copper, the country’s economic lifeblood.
President Lungu himself is confident of victory, telling supporters at a recent rally in northeast Zambia that, “Zambians will bring me back in 2021 because I have done a lot of work for the country.”
The Patriotic Front has been campaigning under the promise of “More money in people’s pockets, less taxes, and more jobs”.
The opposition, however, claims the PF government is abusing its position to tilt the electoral playing field in its favour, a charge that the ruling party has denied.