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This week in 10

Lungu addresses the nation

President Lungu delivered his second ‘state of the nation’ address to parliament on 17 March. The speech was devoid of any references to Zambia’s economic problems, as Lungu focused on the social, moral and cultural decay in Zambia. By focusing on “our national values and principles as enshrined in the Constitution”, Lungu hoped to make [...]

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UPND MPs walk out on Lungu

President Lungu’s ‘state of the nation’ address was almost overshadowed by the UPND’s decision to boycott it. All but one of UPND’s 58 MPs walked out of parliament; UPND Chilanga MP Keith Mukata was the only one to remain. Some reports stated the MPs had acted upon instructions in a letter, but the UPND later [...]

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Zambia to borrow $1.3 billion from IMF

Zambia is ready to access .3 billion interest-free financing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), state media reported. A delegation from the IMF has been in Zambia to hold talks with the government on a financing agreement to support the country’s economic recovery programme. The financing agreement is expected to be concluded in June. Finance [...]

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ZAF officer murdered in police custody

Zambia Air Force Flight Sergeant Mark Nchimunya Choongwa, 34, has died in police custody at Woodlands Police Station in Lusaka. Choongwa was allegedly apprehended for a traffic offence near Cummings Bar in Nyumba Yanga. There were two versions of what happened. Some reports indicated that Choongwa had been calm, cooperative and readily admitted to accidentally [...]

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120 Mukula-ladened trucks impounded

Authorities have seized about 90 trucks loaded with Mukula logs in Nakonde District on suspicion that the logs were about to be illegally exported to Tanzania (and onwards to China, presumably). The trucks were in possession of what was suspected to be forged documentation, including export permits from the DR Congo and seals from the [...]

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Mines to be purged of foreigners

Government this week started shaking up the mining sector by looking into the number of expatriates occupying jobs that could be handled by Zambians. Chief Government Spokeswoman Kampamba Mulenga stated: “We have a lot of jobs in the mining sector, but most of them have been taken by foreigners”. The Mineworkers Union of Zambia welcomed [...]

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Fuel procurement back to private sector

Government will hand over the procurement of finished petroleum products to the private sector with effect from 1 July 2017, Finance Minister Felix Mutati has stated. Government was actually in the process of pulling out of fuel procurement, but banned the import of fuel in January 2017, after it became apparent that it was cheaper [...]

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Zambia falls out with DR Congo over Katumbi

Government has allegedly assured the DR Congo that its popular opposition leader Moïse Katumbi will not be allowed into Zambia again. The DR Congo protested after Katumbi was spotted in Lusaka together with President Lungu’s spokesman Amos Chanda at the semi-final of the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations. The Congolese embassy in Zambia pointed [...]

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Riot in Luanshya

Sixty people were arrested in Luanshya for rioting, after residents in Mikomfwa Township accused a local businessman, Geoffrey Mukanda, of being behind the disappearance of a boy, Mike Mpundu. There were rumours of Satanism and a possible ritual killing, but Mukanda denied the allegations, explaining that he and his wife had built their business on [...]

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This week’s picture

A picture of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Michael Katambo kneeling reverently while talking to President Lungu has done the rounds on the internet this week, attracting scorn and ridicule, not only in Zambia, but across Africa. South Africa’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula even saw it fit to comment on Twitter: “Zambia’s president holding discussions with [...]

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