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COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor – 25 August 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis ACCORD's analysis is focused on the impact of the pandemic on conflict and resilience in Africa.

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References: AfricaCDC, ACLED and African Arguments

This week’s Monitor is a special edition focussing on the recently concluded elections in Zambia.  Our feature piece is from the former president of Sierra Leone, H.E Ernest Bai Koroma, who led the African Union (AU) Election Observation Mission to Zambia. In his article, President Koroma reflects on the engagements by the Mission prior to the voting day, the impact that COVID-19 had on the electoral process and some of the examples that other countries can emulate from the largely peaceful and relatively successful election in Zambia. 

Katongo Seyuba gives us an overview of the Zambian elections, including some of the key features that influenced the process and outcome. This is followed by a piece from Dr Kabale Ignatius Mukunto who provides an analysis of the possible impact of the elections on social cohesion in Zambia and implications for nation building. 

We end this week’s edition with Dr Ibbo Mandaza’s piece on Zimbabweans’ reactions to the Zambian election as well as the implications it may have for Zimbabwe when it goes to the polls in 2023. 

Special Guest Editor
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Chief Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Managing Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor
Assistant Editor: COVID-19 Conflict & Resilience Monitor​
Photo: DIRCO
Photo: DIRCO
Features, Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Another peaceful election in Africa

  • H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma

The outbreak of COVID -19 and the ferocity with which it has spread across the world imposes the need for an equally formidable response to safeguard not only public health, but also democracy. This is in view of the fact that the magnitude of this global health crisis could topple democratic institutions and offer a glamorous appeasement to governments to use emergency powers to inhibit civil and political rights.

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Source: Election Guide
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

The Zambian 2021 general elections overview

  • Katongo Seyuba

Zambians went to the polls on 12th August 2021 to cast their votes in the General elections. The political landscape was dominated by two political parties; the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) led by Edgar Chagwa Lungu, and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) led by Hakainde Hichilema. After a tense election, the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema emerged as the winner of the Presidential election with almost one million votes more than the incumbent.

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PATRICK MEINHARDT/AFP via Getty Images
PATRICK MEINHARDT/AFP via Getty Images
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

Zambia’s 2021 Elections: Implications for Social Cohesion

  • Kabale Ignatius Mukunto

On 24 August 2021, Zambia’s seventh republican president, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema fondly known as HH of the United Party for National Development (UPND) was sworn in. While his ascent to power was a resounding triumph in the 2021 presidential elections, the canvassing was coarse. In addition to circumscribed political space to campaign, he was also a target of hate speech and tribal rhetoric from some political opponents. Although uttered within the ambit of electioneering, there are inescapable after effects especially in sustaining social cohesion. 

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PATRICK MEINHARDT/AFP via Getty Images
Trust between Citizens & Institutions

#ZambiaDecides2021 What about ZimDecides2023?

  • Ibbo Mandaza

Zimbabwe’s reaction to the hashtag #ZambiaDecides2021 has been so poignant as to reflect the impression that the election had taken place in the country south of the Zambezi itself.  Indeed, the parallels between Zambia and Zimbabwe are too close to call, especially on the electoral front in recent years.

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