Zambian authorities must drop trumped-up treason charges against main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and his five employees and release them unconditionally, Amnesty International said today ahead of his bail hearing. The six were arrested on 11 April after they allegedly failed to give way to a Presidential convoy. They claim they were beaten, teargassed and pepper sprayed on their genitals by the police. “Hakainde Hichilema and the other arrested members of the United Party for National Development (UPND) are victims of longstanding persecution by the Zambian authorities stemming from their…Read More
By: Leo Igwe
When I listened to the president of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, declare before an ecstatic crowd that Zambia was a christian nation and that October 18 would forever be a national day of prayer, I asked: What happened to the once renowned Zambian Humanism? Yes, humanism used to be the national ideology of Zambia. The country’s first President Kenneth Kaunda popularized humanist principles as the framework of national governance. So what happened to those principles? There seems to be no trace of humanist values in contemporary statecraft in Zambia. So what has transpired over the years that caused the erosion of the once guiding philosophy of the Zambian nation?Read More
The SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the Presidential By-Elections in the Republic of Zambia has declared the elections to have been peaceful, transparent, credible, free, and fair, thus reflecting the will of the people of Zambia in accordance with the National Laws and the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.
This is contained in the statement released today by Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, and Head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission to the Elections in the Republic of Zambia; accompanied by H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, SADC Executive Secretary; and Members of the SADC Troika.Read More
BNLtimes reports Former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda was spotted alighting from a Malawi Government vehicle registration number MG 963 AC at Sunbird Capital Hotel, but different government officials are not coming clear on what he is in Malawi for.
The former Zambian president was escorted by Malawian and his own security personnel who used another government vehicle registration number MG 957 AC and immediately rushed into one room of the hotel.Read More
Lusaka, 25 February – After a lengthy legal process, the renowned Zambian human rights and HIV activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was acquitted today by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to comments he made on television in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – a ruling that provides a major boost to freedom of expression in the country.Read More
ZAMBIAN HIGH COURT MUST PROCEED WITH BAIL APPLICATION
FOR ACCUSED IN ‘CARNAL KNOWLEDGE CASE’, SAY SALC AND OSISA
Johannesburg, 14 October 2013 – The Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) have expressed their deep concern at the Zambia High Court’s delay in hearing the bail application of the two Kapiri men accused of ‘unlawful carnal knowledge’, who have been in detention since May 2013.
LUSAKA, 10 December 2012 – While foreign mining companies are routinely criticised for abusive behaviour and damaging practices in Zambia, researchers have found that Zambian-owned manganese companies in Luapula province are just as exploitative – plundering the area’s mineral reserves without any consideration for the people or the environment.Read More
Tanzania’s plan to seek an extension of continental shelf outside the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is facing renewed resistance, as the Zanzibar Parliament prepares to petition the UN to block the move. A section of MPs in Zanzibar House of Representatives are claiming that the Isles was not involved in the decision to extend the EEZ and sharing of marine resources.Read More