Monday 21 August 2017
(Lusaka Times 08/18/17)
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has given a chilling account of his 127-day stay in prison describing his experience as terrible torture. And Mr. Hichilema has refused to state whether he will now recognize President Edgar Lungu as duly elected Head of State now that he has been freed. In an interview with the BBC’s Kennedy Gondwe from his New Kasama residence, Mr. Hichilema said his stay in prison was dehumanizing. He said a lot of torture goes on in Zambian prisons describing the facilities as death chambers. Mr. Hichilema who was released on Wednesday disclosed that a lot of deaths occur in prison and go unreported. The UPND leader said his stay in prison was...
(Lusaka Times 08/18/17)
President Edgar Lungu has challenged people threatening to take the newly introduced compulsory Testing, Counseling and Treatment for HIV to court to go ahead. Speaking to the media at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for Rwanda, President Lungu wondered why some people are lamenting that their human rights are being violated when he is concerned about their welfare. The President said that there was no need for Zambians to worry over the newly introduced compulsory Testing, Counseling and Treatment for HIV because there will be strict confidentiality. The President said that individuals’ privacy is guaranteed because their results will remain between them and the health practitioner. The President said those found to be positive will be treated so...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema walked free from prison Wednesday after treason charges against him were dropped, averting a trial that threatened turmoil in the southern African nation. Hichilema, whose trial was due to begin in the morning, had been in custody since April over allegedly failing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. After his release, he described his detention as "brutal" and vowed to use his imprisonment to bolster the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) that he leads. "This is where we commence our walk to true freedom," he told cheering supporters.
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Hakainde Hichilema, who was released from custody after treason charges against him were dropped, is a self-made entrepreneur who has made five unsuccessful attempts to become the Zambian president. He alleges that the 2016 election was rigged and, as leader of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), he has refused to recognise President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema, 55, accused the authorities of election fraud, and of undermining his campaign by banning rallies and allowing violent attacks on his activists...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was freed by a judge on Wednesday after the state prosecutor dropped charges against him of plotting to overthrow the government. Hichilema and five others were arrested in April and charged with treason after his convoy failed to make way for President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. His release could help defuse tensions in the southern African country, where Lungu imposed a state of emergency in July. "The DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) has decided to terminate...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Zambia's leading opposition leader on Wednesday said he has always been innocent of the treason charges he was slapped with. Hakainde Hichilema, who was freed by a judge on Wednesday morning after the state prosecutor dropped charges against him of plotting to overthrow the government, said he remains resolute that the treason charge was a political machination meant to silence him. Hichilema and five others were arrested in April this year and have been in custody since then as treason...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
International media in Zambia were barred from a court Monday where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was due to appear on treason charges in a case that has fuelled political tensions. The High Court in Lusaka issued press accreditation cards to foreign media outlets last week but later withdrew them. "We initially withdrew the cards to activate the barcodes in good faith (but) unfortunately your applications have now been rejected," Neto Zulu, senior assistant registrar at the court, told AFP and...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Zambia's detained opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is due to appear in court Monday on treason charges, four months after he was arrested and as political tensions rise in the country. Hichilema, who narrowly lost last year's presidential elections, has been in custody since April over an incident when he allegedly failed to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. A lawyer from his United Party for National Development (UPND) told AFP that the party expected the charges to be dropped...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, a longtime rival of President Edgar Lungu, denied plotting to overthrow the government when he appeared in a Lusaka court on Monday in a case that has heightened political friction in the country. Government and legal sources told Reuters on Sunday the government planned to drop the treason charges against Hichilema and release him from prison under a deal brokered by the Commonwealth secretary-general. But a government source said later that the...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu and jailed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to hold talks to resolve their political differences, a Commonwealth official said. The discussions will be facilitated by the office of the Commonwealth, the intergovernmental organization’s secretary-general, Patricia Scotland, told reporters Wednesday in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. The country’s main opposition leader has been in prison for more than 100 days awaiting trial on treason charges and refuses to accept Lungu as the winner of last year’s presidential elections. Lungu invoked emergency measures last month in response to a fire at a market the government has blamed on opposition supporters.
(Lusaka Times 08/11/17)
President Edgar Lungu and UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema have finally agreed to dialogue on the current political situation in the country arising from last year’s disputed general election. Visiting Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland who has brokered the truce has told a media briefing in Lusaka that the two leaders have willingly decided to forget about last year’s elections and engage in meaningful dialogue. Ms Scotland said that both President Lungu and Mr. Hichilema are committed to the values and...
(Lusaka Times 08/11/17)
‘IT IS DIALOGUE AND NOT RECOGNITION’ The United Party for National Development distances itself from the Times of Zambia headline “HH recognises EL” The headline in the Times of Zambia is misleading and inaccurate, with an intent to create an impression to the people of Zambia that President Hakainde Hichilema has recognised Patriotic Front President Edgar Lungu as Republican President when actually not. The statement made by Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland was very clear and it outlined...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Zambian police on Thursday released the leader of a small opposition party who is a fierce critic of President Edgar Lungu after one week in detention, party officials said. Savior Chishimba, leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), was detained by plain-clothed police, triggering further accusations that Lungu was overseeing a crackdown on dissent. "Our party president has been released unconditionally, meaning he will not go to court," Mbaita Musendeka, the party secretary general, told AFP. "The police had claimed...
(Lusaka Times 08/09/17)
State house has reported that following the conclusion of the Zambian leg of her four-nation tour, Patricia Scotland, QC, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will today hold a news conference at 17:00 hours Zambian time at Lusaka’s Intercontinental Hotel. The Commonwealth Secretary General will then proceed to Tanzania as a third country of her visit and conclude her regional tour with a visit to Mozambique. Her first point of call was Uganda before proceeding to Zambia. During her visit...
(Lusaka Times 08/09/17)
Roan PF Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili and expelled PF former Chimwemwe MP Mwenya Musenge arrived in Monze today to hold talks with some Tonga Chiefs. They are in Monze to formally apologise to the Tonga speaking people over Mr Kambwili’s anti-Tonga remarks last year. Then as Chief Government Spokesman, Mr Kambwili said Tongas are so tribal such that they would rather vote for Hakainde Hichilema and not for Jesus Christ if Jesus contested elections. His statement enraged many Zambians...
(Lusaka Times 08/08/17)
Former Kafue PF Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta and all his co-accused has been acquitted by the Lusaka High Court on charges of aggravated robbery. Mwaliteta, 47, of Kafue, Evans Mukobela, 45, of Matero, MacMillan Shimukonka, 34, of Twin Palm, Laswell Phiri, 43, of Lilanda, and Emanuel Mumbi of unknown age and address were arrested and charged for intercepting records of election results, a day before President Edgar Lungu was declared winner of August, 2016 elections. The court heard that...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Zambian police on Thursday detained the leader of a small opposition party who is a fierce critic of President Edgar Lungu, in the latest sign of a crackdown on dissent. Savior Chishimba, leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), was held by plain-clothed police shortly after he appeared in a live interview at a private television channel's studios in Lusaka. Lungu invoked emergency powers last month, increasing police powers of arrest and detention, and blaming opposition parties for a string...
(Xinhuanet 08/04/17)
The head of the Commonwealth is expected to visit Zambia next week as part of peace building visits to African countries, the government said on Friday. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will be in Zambia from August 7 to 10 when she is expected to meet President Edgar Lungu as part of her African tour, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services. The secretary-general's visit offers opportunities to build on longstanding engagement with Zambia as...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/04/17)
Police arrested a Zambian opposition leader on Thursday and said he would be charged with defaming President Edgar Lungu, an offense that carries a maximum five-year prison term. Officers did not say how Saviour Chishimba, the head of the United Progressive People (UPP) party, had defamed the president. Chishimba made headlines in July, criticizing Lungu's decision to impose emergency powers and suggesting the president should go to hospital for mental tests. Political tensions in Zambia, once seen as one of...
(Lusaka Times 08/04/17)
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo says Government is ready to process applications for dual citizenship in line with the provisions of the amended Constitution. Mr Kapyongo said at a press briefing yesterday that citizens who wish to acquire dual citizenship must notify the chief passport and citizenship officer or the nearest Zambian mission after successfully acquiring the other citizenship. Mr Kampyongo said it is imperative for all citizens to thoroughly read the guidelines and understand the requirements of the...

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