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Kuomboka to take place!

The Kuomboka Ceremony in Western Province has been scheduled for 8 April 2017. This is only the second time the traditional ceremony will have been held in the past six years. The ceremony is usually held in April, as it marks the end of the rains. During the ceremony the Lozi Litunga (King) is moved [...]

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UPND’s election petition postponed… again

The determination of the opposition UPND party’s petition of last year’s presidential election has been postponed to 11 and 12 April, and this time round the court is not to blame. High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo has otherwise delayed the matter by refusing to pass a ruling, ever since UPND cadres ran amok at court [...]

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Import of vegetables and fruit banned

Government has banned the import of some vegetables (tomatoes, onions, carrots and potatoes) and fruits (mangoes, pineapples, watermelons and lemons). The aim is to “encourage the sourcing and supply of these products within the country”, Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa stated. He advised farmers to “take up the challenge”, and both the Zambia National Farmers’ [...]

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This week’s controversy: Are Lungu’s advisors untouchable?

President Lungu’s political advisor and former permanent secretary, Kaizer Zulu, made a complete fool of himself during the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations, when he apparently insisted on accompanying Lungu onto the podium at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka for the medal presentation. When officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) denied [...]

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New speed limit in towns: 40 km/h

The minister of transport has issued statutory instrument 90 of 2016, which is lowering speed limits in Zambia (see table). See also: Many changes in traffic laws

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Lungu in Swaziland

President Lungu is set to go to Swaziland on 17 March for an extra-ordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community. Lungu will return on 19 March. This will be Lungu’s 12th trip abroad in the six months since assuming office on 13 September 2016. He has visited the US, Madagascar, Angola, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, [...]

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MPs bicker like children

Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has appealed to all MPs to be civil in parliament, having noted with concern that MPs are increasingly resorting to the use of abusive language and threats of physical violence. He pointed out that not only does this conduct offend the rules of the house, but it also [...]

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This week’s exchange: SA union insists on supporting the Post

That the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has decided to get involved in the battle to close down the Post Newspaper in Zambia has baffled many people and upset government, but the union is refusing to back down. Last month, NUMSA general secretary Irvin Jim condemned “the attack on media freedom in [...]

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Zambia wins 2017 Under-20 AFCON

Zambia has won the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), after winning all its matches, beating Guinea 1-0, Mali 6-1 and Egypt 3-1 in the group stage, and beating South Africa 1-0 in the semi-final and Senegal 2-0 in the final. As the tournament was played in Zambia, the whole country could take part [...]

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Will Smith visits Zambia

American actor Will Smith and family whizzed into Zambia on his private plane to take in some of the sights in Livingstone. Smith visited Victoria Falls, Livingstone Island, did a helicopter trip and also a bungee jump (view an excellent video here, which clearly highlights the thrill of the adventure, and reveals that Smith is [...]

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