Zambia Decides: Focus on Africa presents special coverage of the upcoming election


On the 11th August 2016, Zambians will decide the future for their country and BBC Africa will be there, covering issues at the heart of the election, with special programming on radio and online.


Beginning this weekend, the Focus on Africa radio audience can enjoy dedicated features on Zambia, including live broadcasts from Lusaka. Episodes can be heard online or live across the day on the BBC World Service (4pm, 6pm, 8pm local time).


Topics covered will include:


The Economy – How do Zambia’s economy and the effects of international markets impact on ordinary people? Does this affect what voters want in a president?


Politics – A look at the regulation of public gatherings; one of the big issues in the campaign.


Youth – Young people make up the bulk of voters in this election. How do issues like unemployment affect them?


Religion – The role of religion in the election. Is faith a factor in Zambian politics? Do voters care if their politicians are people of faith or not?


There will also be special features on the role of music and musicians in elections and on politicians’ children running for political office.


Rachael Akidi, Focus on Africa Editor, says: “Our Zambian listeners are partaking in this historic election and we are making sure to bring them up to date with unique angles on the issues that matter to them in this crucial poll. We hope to bring key interviews with Zambian politicians and viewpoints from voters themselves on the ground.”


The Africa Live page ( will be following the election closely – with reporting on the day, as the results come in and with analysis of the outcome.