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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

President Lungu Creating Confusion to Justify State of Emergency – Zambian Opposition

President Lungu Creating Confusion to Justify State of Emergency – Zambian Opposition

Zambia’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), has reportedly accused President Edgar Lungu’s government of trying to frame it for arson, adding that this was part of the government’s plan to increase political repression. According to the BBC, Lungu said last week that he was contemplating imposing a state of emergency […]

The Age of Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the Age of Ideas

The Age of Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the Age of Ideas

Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the Pan Africanist and internationalist who was elected Zimbabwean Head of State thirty seven years ago, was 93 this Tuesday February 21. He had for decades championed the slogan “Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans.” Under this, he got the economic control of his country transferred from the minority White racists, to the majority Black […]

President Edgar Lungu Ready to Meet Opposition, but Not Hichilema

President Edgar Lungu Ready to Meet Opposition, but Not Hichilema

The Patriotic Front says that President Edgar Lungu will meet any opposition leader except the UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema. PF deputy spokesperson said that the UPND leader had made it impossible for President Edgar Lungu to meet him as he had refused to recognize his authority. The PF and UPND have a very hostile relationship with […]

Zambia’s Edgar Lungu Sworn in As President

Zambia’s Edgar Lungu Sworn in As President

Zambia has sworn in President Edgar Lungu amidst protests by the opposition, claiming that the polls were rigged. Tough challenges await the new leader in a country that has been deeply divided along tribal lines. Regional leaders who attended the swearing-in ceremony that was boycotted by the opposition included Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe who been in […]

Zambia’s Movement for Multi Party Democracy Fending Off Patriotic Front Links

Zambia’s Movement for Multi Party Democracy Fending Off Patriotic Front Links

The opposition Movement for Multi Party Democracy has once again been put on the spot fending off allegations that they have thrown in the towel in the forthcoming Solwezi West parliamentary by-election. With the party under Nevers Mumba in free fall and failing to participate in by-elections, there has been a growing stigma that they […]

Rajan Mathani to Fund UPND Campaigns

Rajan Mathani to Fund UPND Campaigns

The embattled former Chairman of Finance Bank Rajan Mathani has reportedly made a deal to fund the upcoming by-elections for the United Party for National Development (UPND), according to a source. Mathani, who was arrested on two charges of criminal forgery on June 2, has fallen out of favor from the new Patriotic Front (PF) […]

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