Hichilema set to meet Macron in Paris
The French government is currently planning for an official visit to Paris by the Zambian head of state, Hakainde Hichilema.
Outside of Zambia the new president is trying to come across as a reformer who will extricate the country from its massive debts. To do so, he is counting on both his cabinet and a State House made up of political companions and close acquaintances where, three months after the election, the power balance is still shifting.
The Mwinilunga area, which is rich in gold in a country that has long focused on copper, has remained relatively excluded from Zambia's economic development. Yet elected officials in the region, particularly those from the party of new president Hichilema, want to see this change.
The election is just months away and Zambia's $12bn debt, its relations with China and its violent clashes with its historic copper partners weigh heavily on Edgar Lungu's tenure. To preen his image, his teams are busy working on the country's gold resources to generate revenue and jobs.