A Road Rage Case in Zambia Is Renewing Fear For the Country’s Democracy

Supporters of Zambia’s ruling party celebrate the outcome of the most recent presidential election, Lusaka, Zambia, Aug. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Moses Mwape).
Supporters of Zambia’s ruling party celebrate the outcome of the most recent presidential election, Lusaka, Zambia, Aug. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Moses Mwape).

The latest flare-up in Zambia’s ongoing political drama began with a high-profile case of road rage. On April 8, the motorcades of President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema happened to be moving along the same potholed, two-lane stretch of road in the west of the country. Footage from the encounter shows police cars swerving perilously close to Hichilema’s motorcade in an attempt to clear a path for Lungu. Hichilema’s entourage, however, continues driving forward, forcing the president to pass on the right amid blaring sirens, honking and shouting. A few days later, the gravity of the incident—at least […]

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