Monday 21 August 2017

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(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The Zambian government on Monday backed down on its earlier decision to introduce mandatory HIV testing, saying testing will not be forced on citizens. Last week, President Edgar Lungu declared that his government had introduced mandatory HIV testing and that anyone who visits a health facility for any ailment will be tested for HIV as well. But the announcement caused an uproar, with some stakeholders saying it was against human rights as testing should be consented to by the individual. But Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said in all HIV testing, the health practitioners will be seeking the consent of the patients and that patients will have the option of opting out if they do...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The following are news highlights in Zambia's major media outlets on Monday. -- Trade between Zambia and the European Union (EU) stood at 142.26 million euros in the first quarter of this year representing a decrease from the 187.79 million euros recorded during the same period last year. The EU imported goods worth 59.6 million euros from Zambia and exported goods worth 82.66 million euros during the first quarter of the year, according to figures released by the EU office in Zambia. (Times of Zambia) -- Zambia has signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on gender and development aimed at promoting 50-50 gender parity in political and decision-making positions. President Edgar Lungu signed the protocol during the just-ended...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Private equity house EMR Capital has purchased an 80 percent stake in a Zambian copper mine from African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and its partner for $97.10 million, ARM said on Tuesday. The 80 percent indirect interest in Lubambe Mine, held equally by ARM and Vale International includes the equity holding in Lubambe Mine as well as loans to the mine, and will be settled in cash contingent on certain conditions being met, ARM said in a statement. "We are pleased...
(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 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(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.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
British company Tullow Oil on Friday started exploring for oil and gas in Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, as the country pushes to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on the industrial metal. Copper mining earns Zambia more than 70 percent of its foreign exchange but the southern African state has been trying to move into other commodities to insulate itself from price shocks. Zambia does not produce oil, but the government says soil samples sent to European laboratories...
(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...
(NPR 08/11/17)
You don't have to convince Likezo Nasilele that giving people a small but steady stream of cash with no strings attached may be the smartest way to fix poverty. Just a few years ago Nasilele and her husband, Chipopa Lyoni, couldn't even afford to feed their four children properly. Then Nasilele, who lives in a rural village in Western Zambia, lucked into an experimental government program that has provided her with up to $18 every other month. In the 2...
(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...
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Zambia’s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate for a third time this year as inflation remained below the government’s target. The Bank of Zambia lowered the rate to 11 percent from 12.5 percent, Governor Denny Kalyalya told reporters Thursday in Lusaka, the capital. That’s the lowest level since February 2014. The southern African nation’s consumer inflation rate is near the lowest since 2013, with this year’s record harvest of corn, which is used to make a local porridge, leading...

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(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The Zambian government on Monday backed down on its earlier decision to introduce mandatory HIV testing, saying testing will not be forced on citizens. Last week, President Edgar Lungu declared that his government had introduced mandatory HIV testing and that anyone who visits a health facility for any ailment will be tested for HIV as well. But the announcement caused an uproar, with some stakeholders saying it was against human rights as testing should be consented to by the individual. But Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said in all HIV testing, the health practitioners will be seeking the consent of the patients and that patients will have the option of opting out if they do...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(NPR 08/11/17)
You don't have to convince Likezo Nasilele that giving people a small but steady stream of cash with no strings attached may be the smartest way to fix poverty. Just a few years ago Nasilele and her husband, Chipopa Lyoni, couldn't even afford to feed their four children properly. Then Nasilele, who lives in a rural village in Western Zambia, lucked into an experimental government program that has provided her with up to $18 every other month. In the 2...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Authorities in Zambia have arrested 30 Tanzanians for working without permits, the immigration department said on Wednesday. The Tanzanians were arrested last Thursday in eastern Zambia's Petauke district where they were conducting illegal mining activities, according to Immigration Department spokesperson Namati Nshinka. The Tanzanians, who are currently in police custody, will appear in court soon, he added. In June, authorities arrested 19 other Tanzanians in the same district over illegal gold mining. The eastern part of Zambia has recorded an...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Zambian authorities on Sunday said they had arrested three Chinese nationals and two locals found carrying pieces of rhino horn at the border with Mozambique. Parks and wildlife ministry spokesman Sakabilo Kalembwe said the five were arrested at the Chanida border post. They were held for "illegal possession of 25 rhino pieces weighing 32.2 kilograms (71 pounds)," Kalembwe said in a statement. The origins of the horns could not be immediately confirmed. On Wednesday a 24-year-old Chinese woman flying from...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
On 28th July 2017, we released the preliminary findings of our research into what the true debt position of Zambia is. We have received lots of useful feedback after many Zambians interrogated the figures we presented. As we stated in our original writeup, we did not claim perfection and we acknowledged that there could be gaps in our findings, factors we overlooked or information we left out. This second article aims to address these points. We have uncovered more loans...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba has maintained that the city council will go ahead and introduce a Garbage Fee to be collected through phone air time recharge. Mr Kalumba said the Fee will go towards effective management of solid waste in the capital city. He said his office has just completed consultations with phone companies over the introduction of Garbage Fee for Lusaka residents. “When you have a post-paid land line or mobile phone the phone companies earn the money when...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Zambia is among 36 countries with more than 20% stunting.Stunting affects health, physical and cognitive development capacity as well as productivity in adulthood.It has been estimated that current levels of child stunting of 45% if unchanged in Zambia, will cost the country S$775m in productivity over a ten year period. There are various interventions that have been initiated to scale up nutrition levels in order to avoid stuntedness by targeting in both pregnant and breastfeeding women. One such programme is...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
A delegation from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) paid a visit Zambeef’s Ten-Miles Macro Outlet and Lusaka processing outlet on Friday (July 28) as part of the organisation’s wider tour of development projects and investments in the country. Expansion of Zambeef’s Novatek stockfeed division with the addition of a new processing plant in Mpongwe have been undertaken with support from IFC. The investment will generate additional capacity that will facilitate the continued growth of sales of Novatek...
(Lusaka Times 07/28/17)
President Lungu has called on all well meaning Zambians and all Stakeholders to support the PF Governments development agenda . Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the Kawambwa- Mporokoso road project this morning, The President stated that he expected all the infrastructure projects that government was embarking on to be of the highest standard. “We are all aware of the huge expenditure that Government is making on the construction of roads and related infrastructure such as bridges.” “We expect...
(Lusaka Times 07/28/17)
The Human Rights Commission (HRC ) wishes to appeal to Law Enforcement Officers not to abuse human rights of suspects during the declared threatened state of emergency period but adhere to the provisions of the Preservation of the Public Security Act and the regulations made thereunder. The Commission calls upon Law Enforcement Officers to refrain from over-detention of suspects in their efforts to maintain law and order but ensure that detained suspects are taken to court within seven days as...
(Financial Times 07/25/17)
President accused of opposition crackdown invoked emergency powers after suspect fires. The mysterious blaze that destroyed Zambia’s biggest market this month was still smouldering when President Edgar Lungu invoked emergency powers to prevent further “sabotage” he blamed on the opposition. But standing beside the burnt-out shell of the market in the capital Lusaka, those who lost livelihoods in the fire say that Mr Lungu, far from helping them, is presiding over the rapid decay of what was until recently one...
(Zambia Daily mail 07/21/17)
Former freedom fighters have commended President Lungu for invoking Article 31 of the Constitution to give more powers to the police to curb acts of economic sabotage and sustain peace in the country. Zambia United National Freedom Fighters Association (ZUNFFA) national secretary Christine Mulundika said in a statement yesterday that the association is happy that the proclamation has proved to be well meant and does not derogate the rights and freedoms of citizens. Ms Mulundika said the proclamation is in...
(The Associated Press 07/20/17)
Zambian media say 93-year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the country’s independence leader and former longtime president, is hospitalized. State broadcaster ZNBC reported Wednesday that Kaunda was admitted Tuesday evening to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, the capital. ZNBC quotes Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya as saying Kaunda is in stable condition after “minor complaints” and could leave the hospital by Thursday. Kaunda led Zambia from independence from British rule in 1964 until 1991. Zambia was a one-party state for much of that...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(Lusaka Times 07/14/17)
Zambia has been commended for her determination to end and eliminate child marriage and forced marriages through formulation of comprehensive legislative and policy frameworks meant to protect the rights of children from all forms of violence. Zonta International, a global orgainisation whose motto is to empower women through service and advocacy, with about 30 000 members in 66 countries has applauded Zambia for engaging the traditional leadership in fighting the scourge of child marriage and forced marriages. It was founded...
(Lusaka Times 07/13/17)
Political Activist Dante Saunders has urged the Zambia Police Service (ZPS) to thoroughly investigate the case of sabotage of Public property and ensure that all the culprits are brought to book. Speaking in an interview with Pan African Radio, Saunders revealed that Zambians are now living in anxiety and not happy with the current happenings in the country which have led to the declaration of a threat that may lead to a State of Emergence. Saunders believes that the people...
(Lusaka Times 07/12/17)
The world is aware that South Africa’s apartheid mercenaries and beneficiaries of apartheid regime are agitating for regime change in African States through hired mercenaries and political stooges. The objective is for them to come back through the backdoor using stooge Opposition political parties and regain ownership of mineral rights in countries such as Zambia. So, when one embarks on, or is paid to roll out propaganda as South African Greg Mills, in his political mercenary style, has gotten in...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...
(Lusaka Times 07/12/17)
The woman arrested for beating her husband’s suspected girlfriend has pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting Edith Senkeni. In this matter Mwayana Nyirongo of Makeni villa in Lusaka is jointly charged with a Grade Nine juvenile pupil. The two took plea before Lusaka Magistrate Ireen Wishimanga. She said her husband had chased her from their matrimonial house but when she went to visit the children she found him with another woman. Nyirongo informed Magistrate Wishimanga that she got upset...

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(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Private equity house EMR Capital has purchased an 80 percent stake in a Zambian copper mine from African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and its partner for $97.10 million, ARM said on Tuesday. The 80 percent indirect interest in Lubambe Mine, held equally by ARM and Vale International includes the equity holding in Lubambe Mine as well as loans to the mine, and will be settled in cash contingent on certain conditions being met, ARM said in a statement. "We are pleased to enter into an agreement to acquire Lubambe which offers exceptional quality and growth potential and which will substantially enhance the value and depth of our copper portfolio," EMR Chief Executive Officer Jason Chang said...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
British company Tullow Oil on Friday started exploring for oil and gas in Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, as the country pushes to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on the industrial metal. Copper mining earns Zambia more than 70 percent of its foreign exchange but the southern African state has been trying to move into other commodities to insulate itself from price shocks. Zambia does not produce oil, but the government says soil samples sent to European laboratories have shown good traces of crude. Tullow Executive Vice President Ian Cloke said in a speech during the launch in northern Zambia that exploration would take between two and 10 years, development three to 10 years and production 20-50 years...
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Zambia’s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate for a third time this year as inflation remained below the government’s target. The Bank of Zambia lowered the rate to 11 percent from 12.5 percent, Governor Denny Kalyalya told reporters Thursday in Lusaka, the capital. That’s the lowest level since February 2014. The southern African nation’s consumer inflation rate is near the lowest since 2013, with this year’s record harvest of corn, which is used to make a local porridge, leading...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
Zambia's central bank on Thursday cut its benchmark lending rate, a key determinant for interest rates, by 150 basis points. The Bank of Zambia (BoZ) cut the benchmark lending rate from 12.5 percent to 11 percent, citing lower annual inflation and subdued economic growth. "Inflation has been declining and we see that it will remain within the medium term target range of 6-8 percent. We also noted that economic growth has been sluggish," Denny Kalyalya, the central bank governor said...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
The Zambian government on Thursday said it will foster economic diplomacy with the United States so that the southern African nation can receive the best from President Donald Trump's administration. The Zambian embassy in the United States said the country has benefited a lot from the U.S. government which has remained the country's biggest bilateral partner through programs in education and health. In a statement, the embassy noted that the U.S. government has been in the forefront of helping Zambia...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/04/17)
China will lend Zambia $282 million to improve the nation's telecommunications infrastructure and increase mobile phone usage over three years, the Chinese ambassador said on Friday. Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, has over 12 million mobile phone service subscribers, equivalent to about 70 percent of the population, according to latest government statistics. China's Huawei will erect 808 telecommunication towers and build support infrastructure, Chinese ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said at a signing ceremony for the project. After completion of...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Economist Lubinda Haabazoka has charged that China is buying off all strategic positions in Zambia’s economy whilst Zambians are busy fighting ourselves on tribal and political lines. Dr Haabazoka who is also a Lecturer in the School of Business at the Copperbelt University warned that by the time Zambians finish fighting and reconcile, there will be nothing to share. He said the blame is not on government only but that most of it is on greedy citizens. “When you are...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Dear Friends and Colleagues, Agriculture provides the main support for Zambia’s rural economy, and because of this, growth in the agricultural sector is the clearest avenue through which poverty reduction can be achieved in Zambia. Sixty seven percent of the Zambian population depend on agriculture, primarily through smallholder production for their livelihoods and employment. Zambia recognizes agriculture as one of the key priority sectors in achieving sustainable economic growth and diversification away from copper mining. The Food Reserve Agency -FRA-...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
International Trade Consultant Trevor Simumba says the recent spike in international copper prices should not make the Zambian government relax in its pursuit of an economic bail out from the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Simumba observed that the rise in copper prices could be the reason that the PF Government is now telling off the IMF. “This is the cause of the sudden short term optimism especially in GRZ hence the “we do not need IMF brigade”. This type of...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
The World Bank has provided Zambia 600 million U.S. dollars to invest in various sectors of the economy as well as for budget support for the next three years, state media reported on Friday. The Bank has also committed itself to increasing its support to the southern African nation under the International Development Association (IDA) Minister of Finance Felix Mutati revealed this after meeting with the World Bank Executive Director for Zambia Andrew Bvumbe who is in the country for...
(Zambia Reports 07/28/17)
Former MMD president Dr Nevers Mumba says Zambia real debt stands at US $30 billion disputing finance minister Felix Mutati's projection which is quoted at $7.2 billion. Dr Mumba, who is now one of the prominent supporters of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, has published an article on his Facebook page backing his claim and challenging the Zambian government to be truthful. "Considering that there is much confusion among Zambians on what the correct debt position is, we did our own...
(Lusaka Times 07/28/17)
President Lungu has called on all well meaning Zambians and all Stakeholders to support the PF Governments development agenda . Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the Kawambwa- Mporokoso road project this morning, The President stated that he expected all the infrastructure projects that government was embarking on to be of the highest standard. “We are all aware of the huge expenditure that Government is making on the construction of roads and related infrastructure such as bridges.” “We expect...
(Lusaka Times 07/28/17)
On 21st June 2017, Finance Minister Felix Mutati gave a ministerial statement in Parliament in which he said that Zambia’s foreign debt stock stood at $17.2 billion. After much debate and discussion, he clarified later on that he had misspoken and that the correct figure was actually $7.2 billion. This figure was challenged, most notably by Mr Trevor Simumba, a Zambian financial analyst. Considering that there is much confusion among Zambians on what the correct debt position is, we did...
(Zambia Reports 07/28/17)
South African President Jacob Zuma will join the long list of foreign heads of state that visiting Zambia to compare notes with President Edgar Lungu. President Lungu has kept a healthy relationship with fellow heads of state despite insinuations that Zambia is being isolated internationally as a result of alleged dictatorial practices. President Zuma is expected next week to grace the 91st Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show in Lusaka. The 2017 Agriculture and Commercial Show will open to the public...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15...
(Xinhuanet 07/27/17)
The Zambian government on Wednesday expressed optimism that the country would attain the projected 4.3 economic growth for this year. Minister of Finance Felix Mutati said the government was confident of attaining the growth going by the positive economic trends recorded in the first half of the year. "This is mainly driven by observed growth in the major sectors of agriculture, mining, construction, transport and storage, and the wholesale, and retail trade," he said in a mid-year review performance statement...

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(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
Zimbabwean Knox Mutizwa scored a hat-trick and Zambian Justin Shonga a brace in South Africa Wednesday as their nations reached the COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship final. Record-equalling four-time champions Zambia came from behind to defeat "guests" Tanzania 4-2 at Moruleng Stadium in the northwest platinum mining belt. Zimbabwe, who have also won the competition four times, triumphed 4-3 over Lesotho in the second match of a double-header that delivered 13 goals. The goal fest was a far cry from...
(BBC News Africa 05/31/17)
African champions Zambia came from behind to beat Germany 4-3 after extra-time and advance to the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. Zambia looked like they had the match won at 3-1 in the 89th minute but late goals from Suat Serdar and Jonas Arweiler ensured the game went to extra time. Shemmy Mayembe was the Zambian hero with a goal early in the second period of the added 30 minutes. Philipp Ochs had opened the scoring...
(Lusaka Times 04/06/17)
Zambia has slumped a sorry seven places down the latest FIFA rankings. A four month period of inactivity punctuated by just one modest friendly has left Zambia edging closer to the number 100 mark as FAZ are seemingly stuck in the Under-20 euphoria and forgotten about the state of the senior team. In the latest rankings for April, Zambia have tumbled to number 97 from 90. Not even the March 26 friendly away to Zimbabwe that ended scoreless has helped...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Zambia-based trio Jesse Were, David Owino and Anthony Okumu have been called up to the Kenyan squad for upcoming international friendlies against Uganda and DR Congo. Were and Owino were on target for Zesco United when they scored two vital second-half goals against Burundian side, Le Messager de Ngozi in Bujumbura last Saturday, to send the former Zambian league champions into CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals. The trio are among nine foreign-based players head coach Stanley Okumbi has called up as...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday pledged his government's commitment to support the Under 20 national soccer team in its preparation for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup tournament. The team is among four countries that will represent Africa at the World Cup to be hosted by South Korea in May. Speaking when he hosted a luncheon for the team which won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Under-20 tournamen, the Zambian leader said he will not tolerate stories of lack...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
Zambia qualified Wednesday for the finals of the ongoing Africa U20 Cup of Nations finals after overcoming South Africa 1-0 in the semi-finals. Zambia qualified for the finals after scoring the all-important goal in the 108 minutes after neither team scored in regulation time at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, the country's capital. The junior Chipolopolo, who have already qualified for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup, will now await the winners between Senegal and Guinea in the other semifinal match.
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
Kenya’s Harambee Stars winger Clifton Miheso has put behind his back the woes that befell him at South African Club Golden Arrows to seal a one-year contract with newly promoted Zambian Premier League club Buildicon FC. Miheso travelled to Ndola, the base of the Zambian outfit early this week and put pen to paper on his new deal on Thursday afternoon after his first training session. “I really feel happy with this move because it has been a long time...
(BBC News Africa 02/27/17)
Hosts Zambia got off to a flying start in the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations when they beat Guinea 1-0 in front of a packed home crowd at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka. Austria based Patson Daka put on a match-winning performance as he picked up a split pass before slotting the ball in the net in the 48th minute. Daka, who stars for FC Liefering, had been tormenting the Guinea backline for the better part of the first half...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(BBC News Africa 11/21/16)
A human rights scholar and lawyer in Lusaka says the Football Association of Zambia should go ahead and include a non-discrimination clause in their constitution. Faz is in the middle of a constitutional review process aimed at aligning its statutes with world governing body Fifa. A draft constitution circulated by Faz to its members reads: "Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender,...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/16)
Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating two members of the country's football association over accusations of embezzlement. Football Association of Zambia (Faz) vice-president Richard Kazala and committee member Blackwell Siwale have failed to account for US$15,000. The money was from ticket sales for last month's 2018 World Cup qualifier loss to Nigeria. The duo were suspended on Saturday by Faz president Andrew Kamanga. He has alleged that the pair collected money on behalf of Faz from the country's presidential office...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/09/16)
Zambia edged hosts Uganda 1-0 on Tuesday in a warm-up match for both countries ahead of 2018 World Cup qualifiers this weekend. Chisamba Lungu, a 25-year-old attacking midfielder who plays in the Russian Premier League, scored the winner on 25 minutes in Kampala. What seemed an ambitious long-range shot deflected off defender Isaac Isinde and beat goalkeeper Robert Odongkara. Recalled striker Geoffrey Massa wasted the best chance to equalise for Uganda during the second half. Victory was a morale boost...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(Goal 10/26/16)
The Atlas Lions' gaffer has ruled out the possibility of Chipolopolo qualifying for their first World Cup owing to the quality of opposition in their group Morocco head coach Herve Renard does not expect Zambia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after being pooled together with Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria in group B. Renard who led the Chipolopolo to their first ever Afcon victory is confident it will be a tough group but is keen to stress it...

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(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The following are news highlights in Zambia's major media outlets on Monday. -- Trade between Zambia and the European Union (EU) stood at 142.26 million euros in the first quarter of this year representing a decrease from the 187.79 million euros recorded during the same period last year. The EU imported goods worth 59.6 million euros from Zambia and exported goods worth 82.66 million euros during the first quarter of the year, according to figures released by the EU office in Zambia. (Times of Zambia) -- Zambia has signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on gender and development aimed at promoting 50-50 gender parity in political and decision-making positions. President Edgar Lungu signed...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
A court in Zambia on Tuesday jailed a famous journalist to two years with hard labor over the production of an infamous political documentary which vilified then opposition leader Michael Sata in the run-up to the 2011 general elections. Chanda Chimba (III) was sent to jail after the court found him guilty of producing the defamatory "Stand Up for Zambia" documentary in 2010 and 2011 which was aired on state television and two other private television stations. He was also...
(International Business Times 10/21/16)
Bodies of albinos can sell for up to $75,000 to witch doctors, who see them as good luck. People with albinism are being attacked, abducted and killed in East and Southern Africa, but Kenya is hoping to change the perception of albinos as it holds the first Mr & Miss Albinism beauty pageant on Africa Human Rights Day. Organisers, the Albinism Society of Kenya (ASK), are hoping the pageant will promote inclusion of people with albinism, who often face stigma,...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(Lusaka Times 09/26/16)
Zambian-Scottish singer and songwriter, Namvula ( which means ‘mother of rain) , has been described as a “ true Original” by the Guardian . She is also a photographer, workshop facilitator, and Co-Founding Director of Film Africa, London’s largest celebration of African cinema and culture. Moved by life – by its beauty and ugliness, its creativity, its tenderness and cruelty, and the power of the stories that it holds, both simple and complex, Namvula sees music and photography as mirrors...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(BBC News Africa 09/20/16)
Pop star Emeli Sande says her new album was inspired by a "life-changing" trip to Zambia after her marriage ended. The star, who grew up in Aberdeenshire, visited her father's homeland in 2015, travelling to her grandmother's village "deep, deep into the outback". "There's no electricity, no running water," she told BBC Radio 4's Front Row. "But they'd light the fire and everyone would sing." "We took a lot of voice memos, and they're sampled on the album." "There's one...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/16)
Zambian authorities on Monday reinstated the licence of a private TV station they had taken off the air during last month's presidential poll for its "unprofessional conduct." The broadcasting licence of MUVI TV was suspended on August 22 after it broadcast stories before and after Zambia's closely-fought August 11 vote that were critical of supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party. The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) said at the time that the broadcaster's conduct "posed a risk to national peace and security." Lifting the suspension Monday, IBA Chairman Justin Mutale said
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/16)
Zambian authorities said on Sunday they had called off a planned show by Congolese singer Koffi Olomide following his deportation from Kenya for kicking one of his female dancers. Olomide was scheduled to perform at the annual agricultural trade show in Lusaka this week. "Following the reported unfortunate incident in Kenya concerning Koffi Olomide, the Agricultural and Commercial Show Society of Zambia has decided to cancel his performance during this year’s show," Ben Shoko, head of the society said in...
(Lusaka Times 07/25/16)
The first-ever Miss Africa Zambia pageant, being organised by Miss Pageant Zambia Trust, is set for August 5 at the Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel, where 10 models will be competing for the title. The winner is expected to represent Zambia at the Miss Africa to be held in Botswana in November. Charity Mwanza, Maria Chibuye, Grace Tembo, Penny Chewe, Louise Chingangu, Lukundo Nambaya, Tina Kazhila, Memory Ndumba and Sheena Kaliyangile are the contestants for the Miss Africa Zambia...
(Xinhuanet 07/14/16)
The following are the highlights of Zambia's major media outlets on Thursday. -- Zambia's electoral body has made strides towards ensuring that all eligible voters are not disfranchised regardless of their physical or visual challenges by developing a braille tactile folder to be used by the visually impaired people in this year' general elections. Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) public relations officer Sylvia Bwalya said the tactile folder, which was also known as ballot paper jacket, has been developed specifically...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...

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(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all,...
(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.
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Zambia’s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate for a third time this year as inflation remained below the government’s target. The Bank of Zambia lowered the rate to 11 percent from 12.5 percent, Governor Denny Kalyalya told reporters Thursday in Lusaka, the capital. That’s the lowest level since February 2014. The southern African nation’s consumer inflation rate is near the lowest since 2013, with this year’s record harvest of corn, which is used to make a local porridge, leading...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Bloomberg 07/26/17)
Investors are overlooking Zambia’s political risk and buying the nation’s assets as the price of copper, its biggest export, rises. The yield on Zambia’s $1 billion Eurobonds due April 2024 have fallen 135 basis points this year to 7.55 percent on Wednesday. The southern African nation’s currency has appreciated 12 percent against the dollar in 2017, making the kwacha the continent’s best performer after Mozambique’s metical. Copper prices are at their highest in more than two years. The metal used...
(Financial Times 07/25/17)
President accused of opposition crackdown invoked emergency powers after suspect fires. The mysterious blaze that destroyed Zambia’s biggest market this month was still smouldering when President Edgar Lungu invoked emergency powers to prevent further “sabotage” he blamed on the opposition. But standing beside the burnt-out shell of the market in the capital Lusaka, those who lost livelihoods in the fire say that Mr Lungu, far from helping them, is presiding over the rapid decay of what was until recently one...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30...
(Voice of America 07/13/17)
Zambia's parliament has imposed a 90-day state of emergency, after the president last week declared the need for one. The situation is likely to deepen the political crisis in the country, and analysts say it also could scare away much needed investors to the copper-dependent, landlocked nation. The president called for the state of emergency after a fire destroyed the capital’s main market earlier this month. He described the fire as an arson attack by "a few unpatriotic citizens" and said, in a speech to the nation, that this and other fires were "premeditated acts, which if left unchecked could have serious socio-economic consequences
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa,...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(RFI(EN) 06/20/17)
Church leaders in Zambia are worried that the country is turning into a dictatorship with challenges relating to governance, restrictions on people’s freedoms and human rights violations. The strongly-worded statement by three church bodies published on Friday calls for the release of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is currently in jail facing treason charges. “We find it hard to find other ways of describing rather than to say, here are signs of a kind of regime which has the tendency...
(Bloomberg 06/07/17)
Zambia’s copper output will climb by about 4 percent to a record this year as operators near a resolution with government over power prices, according to the Chamber of Mines in Africa’s second-biggest producer of the metal. Production will increase to about 800,000 metric tons, said Nathan Chishimba, president of the lobby group. That would be higher than the 770,600 tons mined last year, and exceed a previous record of about 790,000 tons in 2013. The forecast is less optimistic...
(Bloomberg 06/02/17)
Billionaire Lev Leviev, who made his fortune undercutting De Beers’ former diamond monopoly, has bought half of one of Africa’s biggest emerald mines. Leviev bought into the Grizzly emerald mine in Zambia’s Copperbelt province, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kombadayedu Kapwanga, managing director Leviev’s Namibian unit, said by phone. The operation has been renamed Gemcanton Investments Holdings. A spokesperson for Africa Israel Investments Ltd., a listed company controlled in which Leviev is the biggest shareholder, didn’t return phone...
(BBC News Africa 05/31/17)
African champions Zambia came from behind to beat Germany 4-3 after extra-time and advance to the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. Zambia looked like they had the match won at 3-1 in the 89th minute but late goals from Suat Serdar and Jonas Arweiler ensured the game went to extra time. Shemmy Mayembe was the Zambian hero with a goal early in the second period of the added 30 minutes. Philipp Ochs had opened the scoring...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has...

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