| Africatime
Sunday 23 April 2017
(Xinhuanet 04/21/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has threatened to declare a state of emergency if people do not stop setting ablaze public properties in the wake of the arrest of the country's leading opposition leader, local media reported on Friday. The Zambian leader said in the southern tourist capital of Livingstone on Thursday night that he will be forced to declare a state of emergency unless people stopped damaging pubic property. "Police, look out for these rabble rousers and trouble makers and bring them to book. You are forcing me to consider a state of emergency," Lungu is quoted by the News Diggers when he addressed supporters. The Zambian leader however said the state of emergency would...
(AFP (eng) 04/20/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema will remain in custody until at least next week after a court said Thursday it would rule on his application to have treason charges against him dropped. Hichilema was arrested last week for allegedly blocking President Edgar Lungu's motorcade while both were travelling to a traditional event in Zambia's Western province. Hichilema's lawyers asked the court to throw out the treason charges. Magistrate Greenwell Malumani said he needed time to study the submissions and would rule on the application next Wednesday. "The issues involved are many and complex and therefore I cannot hurriedly make a ruling," Malumani said. Hichilema, a wealthy businessman, has been detained since police raided his Lusaka home on April 11. He...
(AFP (eng) 04/19/17)
Lawyers for the Zambian opposition leader arrested last week after allegedly refusing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's convoy have asked a court to throw out an associated treason charge. Hakainde Hichilema has been jailed since the police raided his home outside Lusaka on April 11 on charges of breaking the highway code and using insulting language. But the businessman-turned-politician is also accused of treason. According to court documents, Hichilema "on unknown dates but between 10 October 2016 and 8 April 2017 and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did endeavour to overthrow by unlawful means the government of Edgar Lungu."
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
The Zambian government will complain to the Nigerian authorities following a statement from that country's former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the political situation in the country. Last week, the former Nigerian leader appealed to the Zambian government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights principles in dealing with opposition political parties following the arrest of the country's leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who has been charged with treason. In a statement released by his media aide, Obasanjo...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/19/17)
Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, arrested last week on suspicion of treason, was charged in a magistrate's court on Tuesday with trying to overthrow the government. Relations between the government and opposition have been raw since last August, when President Edgar Lungu's Patriotic Front (PF) party beat Hichilema's United Party for National Development (UPND) in a vote the opposition says was rigged. Police in Africa's No. 2 copper-producing country raided Hichilema's house on April 11 to arrest him and he...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Zambia's main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Tuesday claimed he was assault by police during his arrest as he appeared in court on charges of obstructing the presidential motorcade. The leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), who appeared before a magistrates court, is facing two separate charges over the alleged incident, which occurred on the weekend of April 8-9. One of the charges is treason which will be heard at a later date in the High Court...
(Bloomberg 04/18/17)
Zambia’s main opposition party called for the immediate release of its leader, Hakainde Hichilema, who was charged with treason this week for failing to move off the road for the president’s motorcade. Hichilema wasn’t driving the vehicle that allegedly obstructed the president and the charges are politically motivated, the United Party for National Development Vice President Geoffrey Mwamba told reporters Thursday in the capital, Lusaka. Mwamba said he’s also being targeted for arrest. “This was a pre-planned move to arrest Hakainde Hichilema,” he said. “I’m also on the chopping board. They’re also coming to arrest me.” The treason charge followed months of tension between the opposition and the government.
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
The Zambian opposition UPND party called Thursday for the immediate release of its leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is due to appear in court next week on treason charges. The treason charges relate to Hichilema's convoy allegedly refusing to give way to President Lungu's motorcade on a main road in the west of the country at the weekend. Hichilema's arrest has fanned political tensions in Zambia, where the United Party for National Development (UPND) refuses to accept last year's election result...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/13/17)
Detained Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who has been charged with treason, has been denied access to his lawyers, his United Party for National Development (UPND) said on Thursday. "Hakainde Hichilema has now been denied access to see his lawyers, which is a basic human and constitutional right for detainees to meet their clients," party spokesman Charles Kakoma said in a statement. Police could not be reached for comment.
(AFP (eng) 04/12/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been charged with treason after allegedly refusing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade on a main road, police said Wednesday. Hichilema, who says he does not recognise Lungu as president, was accused of deliberately endangering his life in the high-speed incident at the weekend. "The opposition leader disobeyed police orders to give way to the presidential motorcade in an attempt to put the life of the republican president in danger," police chief Kakoma Kanganja told reporters in Lusaka. "The actions... were unreasonable, reckless and criminal." Hichilema and five aides from the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) have been
(Reuters (Eng) 04/12/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been arrested and will be charged with treason for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu's motorcade, the national police chief said on Wednesday. On Saturday, Lungu had passed through Mongu, 500 km (300 miles) west of the capital Lusaka and his motorcade was obstructed because Hichilema's refused to give way, police said. They raided Hichilema's house early on Tuesday took him in for questioning. The two men are old rivals, with Lungu beating Hichilema narrowly...
(Zambia Reports 04/05/17)
Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has vowed to stop the PF government under President Edgar Lungu from leaving the International Criminal Court. Hichilema says he has friends across the globe and that he will use his connections to block Zambia from leaving the ICC. The PF government has embarked on a countrywide survey to find out if Zambia should leave the ICC. Justice minister Given Lubinda announced that K2 billion was already allocated in the budget.
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday held talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn which culminated in the signing of three agreements to enhance bilateral ties. The three agreements in media and communication, water development and trade were signed after talks held at State House. The two leaders witnessed the signing of the agreements by officials from the two governments, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. The Zambian leader told his guest that the two countries shared common values based on liberty, peace and prosperity and that Zambia was keen to enhance trade with Ethiopia for the benefit of the two peoples.
(AFP (eng) 03/28/17)
Zambia opened public consultations this week on the government's plan to leave the International Criminal Court, as several other African countries re-assess their membership. South Africa recently revoked its planned departure from the ICC, based in The Hague, and The Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, reversed his predecessor's decision to withdraw. Zambian justice minister Given Lubinda announced the consultation, which will run until Friday, in a speech to parliament last week. "The consultative process will be conducted through public hearings in 30 districts where members of the public will be invited to make oral and written submissions," Lubinda said. The government will then decide whether to seek to leave the court
(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...
(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...
(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...