Monthly Archives: March 2012

Zambia Awaits Return of President Sata

Journalists from various media organizations in Zambia have camped at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport awaiting the arrival of President Michael Sata from India where he is said to have undergone a surgery. Particularly, the reporters will be interested to hear his health condition and clarification on speculations that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Zambians are also eager to hear the Head of State’s assurances and reactions to the resolutions reached by the Barotse National Council to separate from the rest of the country. It is not clear whether the President will have time to answer these concerns at  …More

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Barotseland Prime Minister Arrested

Barotseland Prime Minister Clement Wainyae Sinyinda has been arrested by the Zambian security forces. Barotse Freedom Movement (BFM) International Relations Secretary Shuwanga Shuwanga told the Watchdog that Sinyinda was arrested Thursday evening but released after several hours when scores of people surrounded the police station. The people of Bartoseland on Wednesday resolved to secede from Zambia and create their own country. The Zambian government rejected the resolutions and described the move as treason. Source: Zambian Watchdog

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Zambia and South Africa at Odds over Border Controls

FOREIGN Affairs and Tourism Minister Given Lubinda yesterday attacked South Africa for imposing yellow fever certificate requirements on Zambians despite the clearance from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Lubinda says travel restrictions relating to yellow fever have negatively affected the growth of tourism in southern Africa and Zambia with numbers gradually dropping as tourist’s eye ‘less stressful’ routes.  The minister was speaking yesterday in Grand Baie, Mauritius. He said he will use the 48th Regional Tourism Organisation in Southern Africa Conference (RETOSA), which opens tomorrow in Mauritius, to engage other tourism ministers over the issue. Source: Zambia News and Information  …More

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Former VP George Kunda In Hospital

FORMER vice president George Kunda has been admitted at the University Teaching Hospital following an illness. And UTH director Dr Lackson Kasonka confirmed that Kunda was admitted overnight on Tuesday, but could not disclose what the former vice president was suffering from. Sources within UTH disclosed that Kunda was admitted at UTH’s Intensive Care Unit where movements of people, in and out, have since been restricted. In an interview, Dr Kasonka confirmed that Kunda went to be checked on Tuesday by the doctors and was later admitted. Source: The Post Newspaper

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Former Minister of Mines Arrested, Again, Over Bicycles

The former Minister of Mines Maxwell Mwale of the MMD has been re-arrested and charged with two counts of corruption and being in possession of property believed to be proceeds of crime shortly after the state entered a Nolle prosequi. Mr. Mwale’s re- arrest is in connection with similar matters involving bicycles of which Lusaka chief resident magistrate Joshua Banda has discharged him. This was after Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP- Mutembo Nchito, appeared in court following a court order and entered a Nolle prosequi in a theft case involving bicycles. Source: Muvi TV 

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Zambia Welcomes Bill Gates Visit

Acting President and Finance and National Planning minister Alexander Chikwanda says Zambia is honored with the visit of the second richest man on the planet and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Speaking at a luncheon held in honor of Mr Gates at Lusaka’s Hotel Intercontinental this afternoon, Mr. Chikwanda said the achievements of the founder of Microsoft Corporation go far beyond being a pioneer in the area of information technology. The acting President has also hailed Mr. Gates, chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the assistant he has rendered to the World by helping in the areas of  …More

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MMD wins back Mafinga parliamentary seat

THE Ndola High Court has dismissed an election petition against MMD Mafinga Member of Parliament, Catherine Namugala. Patriotic Front losing candidate in the Mafinga parliamentary race, Brasford James Gondwehad petitioned the high court to declare Ms Namugala’s election null and void alleging that it was marred by malpractices. In her judgment, High Court Judge Petronella Ngulube said the petitioner had failed to provide the court with sufficient evidence upon which the election of a parliamentary candidate could be nullified. Source: Times of Zambia 

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20 Congolese die in Zambia tragedy

Police in Nchelenge district in Zambia’s Luapula province have retrieved more bodies from a river where more than 20 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) drowned in an accident on Sunday. More than 20 people died on Sunday evening after their three boats capsized on the Zambian side of the river after they were hit by waves from a speed boat that was coming from the DRC side of the river. Twenty players from DR Congo club AC Virgin KA drowned in Luapula River in Zambia on their way from a weekend football game. Source: Super Sport

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Headlines 29 March 2012

Police arrest three Ex-military commanders The joint investigative wings have formally arrested and charged three former defence chiefs. These are former Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Wisdom Lopa, former ZAF Commander Lt. General Andrew Sakala, and former Zambia  National Service (ZNS) commandant Major General Anthony Yeta.  The three have been arrested and charged with theft by public servant.  This is connection with the disappearance of the K1.5 billion meant for the operations of the three wings of the defence, namely Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force and Zambia National Service. Source: Qfm Radio Bill Gates arrives in Zambia Bill Gates the  …More

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Is Zambia Facing Its Own Yar’Adua Moment?

Many Nigerians recall the frightening constitutional crisis the country experienced in late 2009, early 2010 when their elderly president, Umaru Yar’Adua, absconded to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, and did not speak publicly to the nation or to the media for no less than three months. The incident resulted in the contentious appointment of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, but not before Yar’Adua’s coterie of advisers enjoyed months of power under the “invisible presidency,” including a forged signature for the release of supplementary budget. In Zambia, a sense of déjà-vu has struck some Africa observers, as President Michael Sata has now  …More

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