Monthly Archives: October 2014

King Cobra has lashed out for the last time – the rise and fall of Michael Sata

When I first started following Zambian politics, Michael Sata – who died on October 28 in London – was already a seasoned political operator, having served in senior government positions since Kenneth Kaunda’s one party state in the 1980s. By 2009 … Continue reading

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As Zambia turns fifty, President Sata goes AWOL (again)

On Friday 24th of October, Zambia celebrated fifty years of independence from the British. This was a significant moment and it was rightly celebrated in style. Commemorations were organised across the country, including a gala event and fireworks display at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium … Continue reading

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Can mesh networks help in the struggle for democracy?

This blog was first published on the on 16th October, 2014. Come writers and critics Who prophesise with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And don’t speak too soon For the wheel’s still … Continue reading

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This blog explores some themes related to the state of democracy in today’s world. In both established and developing democracies, citizens are asking some difficult questions. Can democracy deliver? What role do our elected governments actually play in a time goliath multinational companies stalk the … Continue reading

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