Zambia Gears For Tuesday Presidential Election

Regionals observers say they are satisfied with preparations for Zambia’s presidential by-election on Tuesday.  

The election will choose a successor to former President Michael Sata who passed away last October. The winner of the election will serve for 18 months.

A general election is expected in 2016.  

The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) is part of the observer group monitoring the by-election in Zambia. Simbi Mubakoa former High Court judge and retired top diplomat from Zimbabwe is leading the COMESA observer mission.

The ruling Patriotic Front’s presidential candidate, Edgar Lungu’s, final rally will be held at a Lusaka mini-market on Monday.

Japhet Mwale, a popular figure at the local Lusaka mini-market, ekes out his living by transporting goods. This hardship, he says, is better than grinding poverty. And Lungu, he reckons, can make things better.

Former businessman Hakainde Hichilema is Lungu’s biggest and perhaps only real rival. His supporters braved the rain and waited for hours for his arrival on Sunday.