Close Up | Trembling to the discordant symphony of lawlessness

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Police swoop in after disgruntled military veterans took two ministers and a deputy minister hostage. Photo: Jeff Wicks
Police swoop in after disgruntled military veterans took two ministers and a deputy minister hostage. Photo: Jeff Wicks

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The scene takes place in 1988, when Zambia is experiencing economic hardships, a situation that gives Chanda occasion to confront her husband: “Zambia is in this state because of Kaunda’s support for you, your people, your ANC. The country has shortages, electricity cuts and is being punished economically left, right and centre. I really hope that when you get your freedom, you’ll be able to feed your people, that you won’t have any crime. I have my doubts.”

“When we get our freedom,” Sobhuza says stubbornly, “we’ll make sure there are no kawalalas [criminals].”

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