Eroding the Unity Legacy: Ethno-regional Rhetoric in Zambia’s 2021 Elections

Zambia has a reputation for political stability and unity rooted in the efforts of – sadly recently departed – founding father Kenneth...

Zambian Democracy’s Biggest Test Yet

As one of the few countries to have experienced multiple democratic transfers of power, Zambia has long been considered among Africa’s more...

Africans want consensual democracy – why is that reality so hard...

It has become common to argue that most Africans are not that committed to democracy. Commentators often suggest that Africans care more...

How NOT to rig an election: Zambia’s dodgy opinion poll

Opinion polls play an important role in elections. They don't just tell us who might win - they may also create "bandwagoning"...

Term Limits: A Linchpin to Restoring Democratic Norms in Africa

Lost in the wave of democratic backsliding seen in Africa in recent years has been the dramatic deterioration of term limit norms....

Security and the politics of fear in African elections

Elections across sub-Saharan Africa are frequently accompanied by fears of electoral violence and shrill calls for peace from civil society, journalists, governments,...

Remembering Africa’s Last Philosopher King: Kenneth Kaunda Obituary

DiA's own Professor Nic Cheeseman and Sishuwa Sishuwa have written a political obituary of Zambia's "founding father" and first president Kenneth Kaunda,...

What Does Post-Socialist Democracy Look Like in Africa?

Between 1960 and 1992, socialist one-party states were among the most common forms of government in Africa. Rhetorically, this ideology offered leaders...

Zambia’s Crisis of Democracy and the 2021 General Elections

Zambia is one of the fastest eroding democracies in the world. This is according to the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-dem), one...

Edgar Lungu, Zambia’s third term controversy, and the 2021 elections

At a time when authoritarian leaders across Africa are looking to scrap the two term limits imposed by their respective constitutions, the...