Saying Bye (elections) to Democracy in Zambia

[OSISA]Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party came to power in 2011 with 60 members of parliament, just five more than the losing Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) – and well short of an overall majority in the 150 seat National Assembly. Since then, President Michael Sata has sought to fashion the parliamentary majority his party did not secure in the general election by engineering a host of by-elections, which his party – enjoying all the benefits of incumbency – is most likely to win.