Author Archives: Sishuwa Sishuwa

An open letter to President Edgar Lungu over human rights

Sishuwa Sishuwa chronicles the constant questioning of the identity and nationality of Zambia’s presidents – and challenges President Lungu’s strategy of incarcerating opposition leader, Fresher Siwale, who accused him of being Malawian.

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Lessons from the local government by-elections

Sishuwa Sishuwa gives a candid analysis of the just ended local government by-elections in Zambia, arguing that the by-elections show the reluctance of Zambia’s main political parties to ascribe loss of electoral contests to the possible ineffectiveness of their political strategies.

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Crisis? What crisis? Everything is fine in Zambia!

Zambia is in crisis! Going beyond the behavior of Zambia’s politicians, Sishuwa Sishuwa explains how economic decline, sustained institutional deterioration and heightened political divisions reflect the country’s deepening crisis.

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Defying the Incumbency Theory: Explaining Sata’s Victory in the 2011 Zambian Elections

The literature on elections in Africa reveals that incumbent leaders win 85% of the elections they contest. The victory of the opposition candidate, Michael Sata, in the 2011 Zambian elections, therefore surprised many of the experts. Here Sishuwa Sishuwa, who covered the PF campaign first-hand and was one of the only commentators to predict Sata’s […]

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Michael Sata May Win the September 20th Zambian Presidential Elections

I am not persuaded by the recent opinion polls by Synovate Zambia, the EIU and Standard Chartered Bank indicating that the incumbent Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) will win the upcoming elections owing to what they all termed his leadership of Zambia’s socio-economic development. Such polls have a poor record at […]

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