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This week in 10

19 people die in bus accident

A bus that was defying the ban on night travel has been involved in an accident on the Great East Road, killing 19 people and injuring 46 others. The driver of the east-bound bus, owned by Kapena Bus Services, lost control on a tricky bend at Kacholola just before the Luangwa Bridge. The accident happened [...]

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The EU criticises Zambia

The European Parliament has issued a resolution on the arrest of opposition UPND party president Hakainde Hichilema (HH) for treason, in which it: Calls for HH to be released, and notes with concern reports of political motivation in relation to the charges, and urges the Zambian judiciary to demonstrate independence from political interference. Reminds government [...]

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Government on collision course with prophet

Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo has given Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri seven days to apologise to Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili. Failure to do so “will attract sanctions, which I will recommend to the Ministry of Mines, including the possible revocation of his mining licence”. Bushiri is allegedly the main shareholder in [...]

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SA opposition leader deported from Zambia

Government started the week by advising Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), against travelling to Zambia to visit incarcerated Hakainde Hichilema (HH), the leader of Zambia’s main opposition UPND party. Zambia’s high commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, explained that he had told Maimane that HH’s visitors are [...]

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HH living in luxury in jail?

Opposition UPND party president Hakainde Hichilema (HH) should not complain about his conditions in jail, declared Wright Musoma, leader of the opposition Zambia Republican Party, which is supporting the ruling PF party. Musoma pointed out that HH has been given “preferential treatment”, as he is detained in the “luxurious” cell 16 at Lusaka Central Prison, [...]

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More difficult to do business in Zambia

Zambia is ranked 98th out of 190 countries on the World Bank’s 2017 Ease of Doing Business Index with a score of 60.54%, down from 94th in 2016 with a score of 60.77%. This year’s index is the 14th measuring regulations that enhance or constrain business activity. It includes 10 indicators, including getting credit (Zambia [...]

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HH’s treason case adjourned

The treason case against main opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema (HH) was adjourned – twice – this week. On Monday 22 May, it was adjourned by magistrate Betty Malupenga on behalf of the magistrate handling the case, David Simusamba, explaining that the latter was unwell. On Wednesday 24 May, Simusamba showed up in court, but [...]

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Mines to pay more for electricity

Government is apparently “close to” reaching an agreement with mining companies over an increase in electricity tariffs. Finance Minister Felix Mutati told Reuters that all mining companies, except one, have agreed to pay 9.30 ¢/kWh. However, the mines have yet to accept government’s suggestion to backdate the higher tariffs to 1 January 2017. In 2014, [...]

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Chief sells off chiefdom

An unnamed chief in Mumbwa District has apparently sold off most, if not all, of his chiefdom to Kaindu Natural Resources Trust, in the process displacing about 1,000 smallholder farmers in 26 villages, and apparently selling off his own palace as well. The Times of Zambia talked of close to 20,000 hectares being sold, alleging [...]

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Zambia excels at 2017 Under-20 World Cup

Zambia has won its first two matches at the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, beating Portugal 2-1 and Iran 4-2. It has still to meet the last team in Group C, Costa Rica, on 27 May. However, Zambia has already qualified for the round of 16, as it is leading Group C [...]

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