The Africa Report takes a look at significant events happening on the continent in the month of August.
On 12 August, Zambians headed to the polls to vote in general elections, which are held every five years. Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was declared the winner.
Due to heavy borrowing and a combative relationship with mining firms, Zambia is struggling to pay its debts. Incumbent Edgar Lungu’s backers wanted him to stay to spend more on infrastructure and talk tough to mining companies. A populist, he sought to get more support from women and young people with projects to boost agricultural production.
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