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Africa’s biggest waterfall at risk from drought

The flow at the Africa’s biggest waterfall is at its lowest since 1995, highlighting the threat posed by a drought to tourism and electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flow has slumped to 109 cubic meters-per-second (3,850 cubic feet) at Victoria Falls, a 1.7-kilometer (1.1 mile) curtain of falling water at the peak of a normal wet season, according to the Zambezi River Authority. The falls on the Zambezi river straddle the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and the flow of the watercourse fills the Kariba Dam, the site of…

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Zambians angry as court okays mining in a prime national park

Zambian residents have been left fuming following the decision by the high court, to allow a mining company to carry out large scale mining activities in one of the country’s highly valued national parks, the Lower Zambezi. Most are determined to fight it, with activities to that effect already in motion. The National Park has been a subject of a long legal battle, which started over five years ago, after a decision by a former Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Harry Kalaba, to allow Mwembeshi Resources Limited,…

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Zambia’s plan to impose tax on Netflix sparks row

Zambia’s government has signaled its intention to impose tax on online video streaming service giant Netflix. According to the government international online companies like Netflix do not pay taxes for broadcasting their content. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Chanda Kasolo is quoted by the BBC as saying that “We want to level the playing field and protect local content. We want to look at ways where companies like Netflix should also start paying broadcasting levy which we call television levy because other television companies are already doing that.” But…

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Increased load-shedding In Zambia dims businesses

In just about two months since Zambia’s electricity supply company, ZESCO Limited, announced an increase of load-shedding hours, from four to eight, the prolonged black-outs are already having adverse effects on various aspects of everyday life and businesses in the country. The company had been rationing electricity, through four-hour power cuts, daily, since June this year, thanks to reduced water levels in the country’s hydro power plants, but increased the hours, due to limitation of power generation, according to a statement it released prior to the move. The company said…

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Zambia: Community pressure halts wild animal captures

Local communities in Zambia have reportedly prevented the capture of wild animals from South Luangwa National Park. These communities also helped in stopping the transfer of these animals to private game ranches where they would most likely become victims of trophy hunts. According to a statement from International wildlife charity Born Free, a recent letter exposed on social media, Zambia’s former Minister of Tourism and Arts Dr Charles Banda gave permission for the capture of 35 buffalo in South Luangwa National Park. The minister also gave permission for the transfer of these animals…

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Female banker suspended for bonking 200 male job seekers

A female banker in Zambia is in trouble for sleeping with men who had applied to work in her bank. The female banker was suspended for allegedly sleeping with over 200 men while promising them jobs. According to a report by the ZambianWatch the woman named as Mutale Winfridah was a branch senior executive of ZANACO bank. She was suspended by bank management for sleeping with different men who were both clients and job seekers. The 39-year-old Winfridah got suspended after more than 10 men formally lodged complaints against her. The…

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Uganda and Zambia reject Huawei spying claims

Uganda has denied allegations it hacked into the encrypted communications of musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal alleges Ugandan officials worked with technicians from telecoms company Huawei to infiltrate the politician’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. It says authorities then “scuppered his plans to organise street rallies” and arrested Bobi Wine and his supporters. Huawei described the allegations as “unfounded and inaccurate”. It also dismissed allegations that its representatives were involved in similar intelligence-gathering operations in Zambia and Algeria. Zambia has also rejected the report. Information…

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Progress made in conserving Zambia’s famous edible Orchid

Researchers behind the conservation project of scarce orchid tubers used to make a delicacy popularly known in Zambia, as Chikanda, are making notable progress in efforts to discover species that would be able to grow in commercial production systems. New species have been identified in the trade, an App for identification of more has been developed and discussion towards taking the project regional are underway. Growing Demand In Zambia, the orchid, popularly known as African Polony, is normally ground into powder form and then cooked into a cake-like dish, which…

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​​​Zambia must Drop trumped-up treason charges against Hakainde Hichilema immediately

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…

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Malawian Wandale seeks despised ICC intervention over conviction

BLANTYRE:-The self-acclaimed supreme leader of Peoples Land Organization (PLO) leader Vincent Wandale says will seek International Criminal Court (ICC)s intervention following his conviction on Thursday. Blantyre Senior resident magistrate Thokozani Soko convicted Wandale on three accounts of conspiracy to commit misdemeanor, unauthorized use of land and criminal trespass.

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