Sunday 22 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Zambia's justice minister said Wednesday that emergency measures imposed at the height of a political crisis that followed the detention of an opposition leader on treason charges would not be renewed. The southern African nation was earlier this year rocked by soaring tensions that also saw a spate of arson attacks, some opposition legislators boycotting parliament and the barring of an overseas political observer. Justice Minister Given Lubinda told parliament that the special measures -- a step towards a full state of emergency -- would be allowed to expire after 90 days in force. President Edgar Lungu imposed the measures on July 5 following a spate of fires in the capital Lusaka and other towns. The package was approved by...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Several thousand people have fled to Zambia in the past month to escape violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Tuesday. The UN refugee agency said 3,360 people from DR Congo's conflict-wracked southeast had entered Zambia since August 30, the largest influx of its kind in the past five years. People "are escaping inter-ethnic clashes, as well as fighting between Congolese security forces and militia groups," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. Those arriving in Zambia described escaping "extreme brutality, with civilians being killed, women raped, property looted and houses set alight," he said. Most of those fleeing come from the northern Katanga and Tanganyika regions.
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Zambian police on Friday clashed with about 100 anti-corruption protesters outside parliament, prompting arrests on the same day as the finance minister presented the national budget. Carrying placards that read "Wake up Zambia, it is our money", they picketed parliament over alleged graft by President Edgar Lungu's government. The demonstration targeted the purchase of 42 firefighting trucks costing $1 million each -- a deal that has fuelled criticism of government spending. "This protest overall is about how public resources are being managed in the country," organiser Laura Miti told reporters. Miti and several other activists were later detained and taken away in a police van as riot police surrounded...
(Zambia Reports 09/29/17)
Civil rights activist Laura Miti will have the challenge of seeing through her promise of demonstrating over the US$42 million fire tenders at parliament buildings this morning. Police have denied Miti’s joint Alliance for Community Action organization the right to protest at parliament building but the popular activist has insisted the march will go on as planned. Police service spokesperson Esther Katongo has warned that the protesters will be dispersed if they turn up at parliament buildings. Katongo also said...
(Lusaka Times 09/28/17)
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said Zambia supports United States President Donald Trump’s call, for the need to reform the United Nations Security Council. Mr. Kalaba emphasised however, that Zambia would like to see a more holistic approach, from an African perspective on the reforms, so that the global body can effectively meet the needs of African countries. Mr Kalaba said almost a third of UN membership consists of African States, yet no country from the continent is part...
(Lusaka Times 09/28/17)
The British government says it supports the political dialogue process in Zambia, which is being spearheaded by the Commonwealth. British High Commissioner to Zambia, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet said this in a statement availed to ZNBC news in Lusaka. Mr Cochrane-Dyet said the dialogue process will lead to a road map of reforms, ahead of the 2021 general election. He has explained that the recent visit to Lusaka by the Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Zambia, Ibrahim Gambari marked a significant...
(Zambia Reports 09/18/17)
President Edgar Lungu is in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly joining other global leaders. The general debate of the 72nd General Assembly will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, 'Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet'. President Lungu will hold side meetings with other world leaders. The Head of State will get his chance to address the assembly...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(Xinhuanet 09/06/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday said he will not succumb to pressure from civil society to revoke the order that gave police extra powers to curb lawlessness in the country. On July 5, the Zambian leader declared a Threatened State of Public Emergency which gave police extra powers to control the tension escalated in the country following the arrest of leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who was charged with treason. The declaration was approved by the parliament to run for three months. However, 28 civil society organizations resolved to petition the parliament to revoke the decree on Friday
(Zambia Daily mail 09/06/17)
The construction of a cutting edge training simulation centre at the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) headquarters is yet another confirmation of Government’s commitment to keeping Zambia, and defence forces in particular, abreast with modern infrastructure and technology. It is evidence that the PF government is walking the “Smart Zambia” talk. President Lungu yesterday opened an ultra-modern three-storey simulation centre aimed at boosting pilots’ craft and confidence through cost-effective, safe and realistic training methods on highly computerised and technologically advanced L-15...
(AFP (eng) 08/31/17)
Zambia's main opposition leader on Thursday condemned his four-month imprisonment for alleged treason as an abuse of the criminal justice system by his political opponents. Hakainde Hichilema was released from custody two weeks ago after being detained for allegedly failing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. "It is not because the police have done an investigation, it is because a member of the ruling party has instigated the police to arrest this citizen," Hichilema said. "You cannot have...
(Zambia Reports 08/31/17)
One of the most controversial personalities in Zambian electioneering Priscilla Isaacs has parted ways with the Electoral Commission of Zambia following the expiry of her contract. Isaacs who has served as ECZ Director has overseen two highly emotionally charged elections that have delivered President Edgar Lungu as the winner wound up her rein at the ECZ today. Isaacs' name regularly propped up in post-election disputes but the calm natured lady maintained her innocence. By Bwembya Mutale
(AFP (eng) 08/29/17)
Zambia's main opposition leader on Tuesday vowed to forgive his political opponents and not seek revenge following four months in jail for allegedly failing to give way to the presidential motorcade. Hakainde Hichilema addressed a prayer meeting two weeks after his release from prison telling thousands of worshippers he did not harbour hatred against the authorities after he was brutally arrested in April. "Despite the injustices that we went through, we harbour no hatred and we do hereby forgive... all,"...
(Lusaka Times 08/28/17)
The matter in which UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba are appearing in the Luanshya magistrate court has been adjourned to September 18,2017 after the duo reported sick. This is in a matter in which the duo is charged with three counts of seditious practices and unlawful assembly contrary to the laws of Zambia. In count one and two, Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba were charged individually with seditious practices contrary to the laws of Zambia...
(Lusaka Times 08/28/17)
Government will revise the marriage Act that will describe a child as any person under the age of 21. Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima says the law will have to be harmonised to make it effective in the fight against vices such as early marriages and defilement. Ms Kalima says at the moment, the law describes a child as anyone under the age of 16 while any person can marry at the age of 18. She says the Marriage Bill...
(Zambia Reports 08/28/17)
The UPND has doubted the sincerity of the PF and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue after the release of party leader Hakainde Hichilema. UPND national chairperson Mutale Nalumango says that the decision by Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo through the Zambia Police to deny the party to hold prayers for their last week was unfortunate. Nalumango has complained that the PF has continued to deny UPND members the right to freely associate and assemble through such actions. She has...
(Zambian Watchdog 08/25/17)
German Ambassador to Zambia Achim Bukart has stated that the German government is concerned with the deteriorating democratic space in Zambia since last year’s disputed general elections. Speaking in Lusaka today when he signed a bilateral agreement with Finance Minister Felix Mutati, Ambassador Bukart said it was not a secret that the German government was very concerned with the shrinking democratic space in Zambia especially after the invocation of the threatened state of public emergence. ‘Allow me to come up...
(AFP (eng) 08/24/17)
Zambian police on Thursday barred entry to the capital's cathedral where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema had been due to make his first public appearance since being freed from jail. Hichilema was released last week after four months in custody on treason charges, in a case widely seen as highlighting a crackdown on dissent by Zambian authorities under President Edgar Lungu. "The organiser did not notify the police. This notification should be done in writing," Lusaka province police commissioner Nelson Phiri...
(APA 08/23/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, 56 may have been in detention for 127 days charged for treason after a row over the presidential motorcade, but several players say, the detention has instead bolstered his chances of winning the 2021 poll. Hichillema, the perennial rival in the country’s past six polls, having closely trailed and marginally behind late Rupiah Banda and Michael Sata, narrowly lost last year’s August 16 poll to incumbent, Edgar Lungu, 60 on 47 percent, against the latter’s...

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