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Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

For 24 hours rumours swirled through Zambia that President Edgar Lungu planned to initiate a state of emergency. When he finally took to the airwaves to make a special announcement he did something different. Invoking Article 31 of the constitution – Declaration Relating to Threatened Emergency – rather than Article 30 – Declaration of Public […]

Tension, Uncertainty Grip Zambia Under Lungu’s Leadership

Tension, Uncertainty Grip Zambia Under Lungu’s Leadership

Long before President Edgar Lungu graced the screens on national television on the evening of July 5 to announce what his critics quickly labelled a state of emergency, there had been a build of tension in the country. Occasional fires were set on public property, with courts, electricity supply lines, and markets among popular targets […]

Ruling Party A Failed Project, Says Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema

Ruling Party A Failed Project, Says Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema

Incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has alleged that the ruling Patriotic Front is a failed project. Hichilema, who writes from his Lusaka Central Prison Cell, states that the tenets of democracy had been abrogated. The UPND leader has decried the violence that rocked Lusaka’s Memorial Park on Saturday when a popular party member Clance Nalosa […]

Zambia slides towards authoritarianism as IMF props up government

Zambia slides towards authoritarianism as IMF props up government

The speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, Patrick Matibini, has suspended 48 opposition legislators for 30 days as a punishment for unauthorised absence from the parliament. Their offence? To have been missing for President Edgar Lungu’s state of the nation address in March. The suspension of the MPs does not come as a great surprise. […]

President Edgar Lungu does a Mugabe, as Zambia follows Zimbabwe’s disastrous path

President Edgar Lungu does a Mugabe, as Zambia follows Zimbabwe’s disastrous path

Zambia and Zimbabwe used to be pretty much one ‘country’; Rhodesia. Separated by a natural barrier, the Zambezi, one was Northern Rhodesia, one was Southern Rhodesia. Political history determined otherwise, but recent occurrences seem to indicate the countries have become one entity again, and it is under all the wrong reasons. As it stands, both territories […]

Hichilema’s Treason Trial ‘A Political Witch Hunt’ – Mmusi Maimane

Hichilema’s Treason Trial ‘A Political Witch Hunt’ – Mmusi Maimane

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has described Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s treason trial as “a political witch hunt by an increasingly threatened President [Edgar] Lungu”. A magistrate ruled on Thursday that Hichilema was to go on trial for treason charges at the High court. Hichilema and his party tweeted the news. ( See the […]

Hichilema’s Motorcade Action Was Foolish – Zambian Presidential Spokesperson

Hichilema’s Motorcade Action Was Foolish – Zambian Presidential Spokesperson

Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda says Hakainde Hichilema’s actions to obstruct the presidential motorcade was not only careless but foolish. Featuring on Al-jazeera, ‘The Stream’ online interview show last night, with panelist PMRC Executive director Bernadette Deka, social commentator Laura Miti and Hichilema’s press secretary Brian Mwiinga who cried out that Chanda was using dictatorial language. […]

South Africa Opposition Leader Holds Protest At Zambian Embassy

South Africa Opposition Leader Holds Protest At Zambian Embassy

South Africa’s opposition leader Mmusi Maimane has staged a protest at the Zambian Embassy in Pretoria a day after he was deported from Lusaka. Maimane, the Democratic Alliance leader, is protesting the incarceration of Zambian opposition Hakainde Hichilema who has spent a month and two weeks in a Zambian prison for alleged treason which is […]

Kenneth Kaunda Turned Away From Visiting Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema in Prison

Kenneth Kaunda Turned Away From Visiting Opposition Leader Hakainde Hichilema in Prison

Founding president Kenneth Kaunda was yesterday turned away from visiting incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. The 93-year-old could not be allowed to visit the UPND leader because he had allegedly gone to Lusaka Central Prison outside visiting hours. Meanwhile, magistrate David Simusamba has called court to order and hearing of preliminaries in Hichilema’s treason charge […]

Court Upholds Treason Charges Against Zambian Opposition Leader

Court Upholds Treason Charges Against Zambian Opposition Leader

A bid by lawyers to have treason charges against Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema dropped has been rejected by a Lusaka court. Hichilema is accused of plotting to overthrow the government. Magistrate Greenwell Malumani ruled that his court did not have the authority to overturn treason charges brought against Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. “The […]

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