Harry Kalaba Picture: Facebook
Harry Kalaba Picture: Facebook

Zambia's foreign minister resigns as ruling party divide deepens

By Time of article published Jan 3, 2018

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Lusaka - Zambia's Foreign Affairs Minister

Harry Kalaba has resigned, he said on his Facebook page, as a

struggle in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) over President Edgar

Lungu's ambitions to run for another term in office intensifies.

Kalaba is seen as a potential PF candidate in a 2021

presidential election but analysts say his chances of winning

the PF nomination may stall if Lungu wins a court battle

allowing him to run for a third term.

"We cannot proceed to manage national affairs with cold

indifference when the levels of corruption are swelling and

being perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution,"

Kalaba said in a Facebook post late on Tuesday.

Presidential spokesman Amos Chanda told Reuters State House

had not received Kalaba's resignation letter.

Experts said Kalaba's resignation was intended to apply

pressure on Lungu who is accused by his opponents of chasing an

unconstitutional third term.

"People have started realising that they will not get

nominated as long as Lungu insists on standing," Lee Habasonda,

an analyst from the University of Zambia, told Reuters.

Zambia's constitution limits presidents to two terms but

Lungu argues that his first period as leader doesn't count

because he did not serve a full term after he assumed power

following the death of predecessor Michael Sata in 2014.

Lungu was then elected for a five-year term in 2016.

Lungu in November warned constitutional court judges not to

stop him running again and his allies have asked the Supreme

Court to confirm that he will be eligible to stand. 

Reuters

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