| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(Zambia Reports 03/23/17)
The story of ballot papers being printed locally was back on the table when President Edgar Lungu visited Government Printers. President Lungu said that ballot papers for the 2021 elections will be printed in the country. The printing of ballot papers outside the country has been a drawn out subject with the argument repeatedly bandied around that Government Printers needed to be re-capitalized. President Lungu made an impromptu visit to the Government Printers and made the pledge that his government would do something his predecessors had only previously promised. He said that the move would save the country costs in incurred from printing ballot papers outside the country. President Lungu urged the Government Printers to...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(Zambia Reports 03/17/17)
Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba will have to wait longer to make progress in the election matter after judge Mwila Chitabo adjourned the matter to April 11-12 Judge Chitabo has been hit with an application to recuse himself from the matter after Hichilema and Mwamba applied to have him removed from the matter for allegedly being biased. The application has cast aside adjudication on the main matter until the motion on judge Chitabo is...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday that he will not succumb to pressure and allow the holding of a referendum on the Bill of Rights due to financial constraints. Last week, the Civil Society Constitution Agenca (CiSCA), a coalition of civil society organizations in Zambia, launched a campaign to push for holding a referendum to enact the Bill of Rights and improve people's rights after a previous referendum held alongside the general elections last year flopped. The CiSCA is an alliance of individuals and organizations advocating constitutionalism, rule of law and the inclusion of an expanded Bill of Rights in the amended constitution.
(Lusaka Times 03/08/17)
Parliament heard yesterday that Zambia is promoting lasting peace between warring nations such as Israel and Palestine. Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said Zambia has taken a neutral position and wants to promote peace between countries that have differences. He was responding to a question by Sesheke member of Parliament Frank Kufakwandi (UPND) who wanted to know how Zambia would relate with Palestine now that it has deepened its relations with Israel. This was after Mr Kalaba gave a...
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
President Edgar Lungu says his five-day official visit to Israel at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has opened doors to enhance cooperation with Israel. In an interview in Jerusalem before departure for Zambia, the Head of State said he will follow up with keen interest agreements made with Israel in various sectors of the economy. The President said the level of progress recorded by Israel can be achieved by Zambia because it has good rains, water and land...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu is paying a five-day official visit to Israel aimed at cementing bilateral economic and diplomatic ties. President Lungu held talks with his Israel counterpart Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. The Zambian leader said his administration was looking forward to working with Israel in many spheres. He went on to state that Zambia was looking forward to the amicable solution over the security challenges in Israel and that his government would dialogue with the warring parties to find a win-win
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Zambia has not withdrawn its recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. Last week, King Mohammed VI of Morocco was in Zambia for an official visit and held talks with President Edgar Lungu. Some local media has reported that one of the issues tackled was for Zambia to cut its diplomatic ties with the SADR, which Morocco considers as part of its territory. But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in...
(Lusaka Times 02/28/17)
President Edgar Lungu has held talks with Israeli President REUVEN RIVLIN at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. The Head of State who is on a five-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met President RIVLIN at 09:45 hours this morning. President Lungu says Zambia looks forward to the amicable solution over the security challenges facing Israel. He says Zambia draws inspiration from Israel hence the need to put the house of Israel in order as it...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of...
(Lusaka Times 01/25/17)
Zambia will maintain bilateral ties with both Morocco and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as one of the ways through which to help promote cordial relations between the two countries. Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said that Zambia will, however, ensure that the interests of the country came first as the country pursued this position. Mr. Kalaba has said that as a member of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, Zambia would like to use this as...
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(Lusaka Times 12/15/16)
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has dismissed cliams by the opposition UPND that the Zambia Police Service operates upon instructions of ruling PF members. The Minister stated that PF cadres have had no power and authority over the police. Mr. Kampyongo says instead police officers get instructions from the Commander In-chief of the Armed Forces or President Edgar Lungu, their respective High Command and otherwise also from him. Mr. Kampyongo said this in parliament yesterday. The Home Affairs affirmative...
(Zambia Reports 12/15/16)
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema took his funeral about the August 11 elections loss to Golden Bridge Hotel where he issued a directive to his Members of Parliament to move a motion to disband the Electoral Commission of Zambia. And UPND vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has closed whatever little possibility of having an elective convention in the party by saying there was no need as they had an intelligent leader. Addressing a media briefing this morning Hichilema said that the...

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