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Lungu’s next batch of ministers

President Lungu has appointed ministers in dribs and drabs since returning from the US, so far appointing 26. The Law Association of Zambia has interpreted the new Constitution as allowing him to appoint up to 30 ordinary ministers + 10 provincial ministers, in which case we can expect up to 4 more ministers. Lungu may [...]


Canisius Banda leaves UPND

The main opposition UPND party has suspended its vice-president for political affairs, Canisius Banda, for gross misconduct. For some time rumours have suggested that Banda was on his way out, voluntarily or not, ever since UPND President Hakainde Hichilema in June 2016 chose UPND’s other vice-president for administration, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM), as his running [...]


Another media house closes down?

The online Zambian Watchdog, which is ready to bend the truth in its efforts to discredit government, has seemingly closed down. First, its Facebook page was “ousted” on 21 September, the Watchdog explained, without giving any further details. Then its Twitter account was closed, and this week, its website went down, displaying an “under maintenance” [...]


New development report released

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the 2016 Zambia Human Development Report, which, like many others before it, is calling for industrialisation in Zambia. Zambia’s copper has done nothing good for its poor people; on the contrary, inequality is seemingly growing in Zambia, and the report is therefore repeating the call for diversification, [...]


Ndambo Ndambo suspended

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) has finally suspended its executive director, Ndambo Ndambo. The ZNFU board had hitherto failed to react to allegations of fraud against Ndambo, standing by him since the beginning of the year, despite increasingly damaging evidence alleging that Ndambo had been using the ZNFU as his personal cash cow. However, [...]


Zambia to provide food aid

Government is sending 48,000 tonnes of relief food to Malawi and Zimbabwe. Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit Coordinator Patrick Kangwa explained that President Lungu had allowed the exportation of maize to honour the Southern African Development Community’s appeal for hunger stricken countries. Government had otherwise banned the export of maize awaiting surety that the country [...]


No more patients on the floor

In Lusaka… Newly appointed Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has given the country’s largest hospital, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, seven days to remove all patients from the floor. The practice is not unusual. In 2014, the media reported that UTH delivered 20 babies on the floor every day. In 2015, a study on [...]


Urban air stinks in Zambia

Nine out of 10 people globally live in places with poor air quality, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO said that 92% of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits, linking three million deaths a year to out-door air pollution. And 90% of those deaths [...]