The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the ruling Patriotic Front, led by the president, Edgar Lungu, to remain in power beyond 2021.
its latest Country Report for Zambia dated June 12th 2019, the intelligence
“Our baseline forecast remains that Mr. Lungu will win in 2021”.
A key member of the Economist Group, the Economist Intelligence Unit is a specialist publisher for 60 years and has proved to be a reliable source of information on business developments, economic and political trends, government regulations and corporate practice worldwide.
Although the report cited some challenges with the Zambian economy –many of which are not unique to this country, the Patriotic Font administration led by President Lungu has come up with appropriate and timely interventions (including the implementation of austerity measures) to address these challenges.
In taking corrective measures such as the liquidation of KCM, President Lungu as he leads the Patriotic Front team has demonstrated that he has his eyes firmly on the ball. Investor confidence is something that he has continued to pursue as evidenced by his commitment to ensuring that the mining sector continues to be under the ambit of the private sector.
Victory for President Lungu and the Patriotic Front is further assured in the absence of a credible opposition. Instead of providing sound alternatives, the main opposition party led by a leader with an unlimited tenure is driven by a passion to occupy State House at all costs, even if it means sabotage by way of fabrication of fake news, slandering their own country to the outside world.
Zambians have also taken note of how the leader of the main opposition manipulated his party constitution to insert an article that gives him an indefinite tenure as “Life President”. Citizens have further noted the main opposition leaders re-enforcing tribal and ethnic stereo types in his promotion of tribal voting patterns and the exclusive tribal leadership quota within his personalised opposition political party.
The 2016-2021 Patriotic Front (PF) Manifesto through the implementation of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) provides a sure fire blue print to make Zambia a more industrious, prosperous, peaceful, stable, united, democratic, and inclusive society, under the motto of One Zambia, One Nation and it also paves the way for the attainment of Vision 2030.
After all is said and done, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the PF Government have demonstrated unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of ordinary Zambians,
It therefore not surprising that The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Patriotic Front led by His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa, Lungu, to remain in power beyond 2021.
Author, Sunday Chilufya Chanda, is Patriotic Front Media Director
At the Patriotic Front Secretariat.