Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Vote counting underway in Zambia’s general elections

– – Vote counting is underway in Zambia following the general elections in the southern African nation on Thursday. Millions of people voted in what is seen as a hotly contested general and presidential elections. Reports say several hundreds of people were in long queues to cast their ballot with some voters complaining about the slow pace of the process. President Edgar Lungu had deployed more troops in parts of the country to quell election violence. Lungu said election-day violence had killed two people, including the chairman of his party…

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Zambians vote in crucial general elections

– – Polls have opened in Zambia as millions vote in crucial general elections amid pre-election violent clashes and heightened tension. Thursday’s voting process at various polling station is being monitored by police and troops deployed across the country to prevent violence. But civilian observers are also expected to play a key role of monitoring the process. Polling opened at 6 a.m. local time with long queues seen at some voting centres in the capital Lusaka. According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, a transparent and credible process is guaranteed…

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Human Rights Zambia 

Zambia: Guarantee human rights for all during elections period

11 August 2021, Ahead of the highly anticipated elections in Zambia tomorrow, global civil society alliance CIVICUS calls on the government of President Edgar Lungu to guarantee the rights of all Zambians and refrain from shutting down the internet during and after the elections. Scheduled for 12 August 2021, the elections take place in an environment of fear, threats of violence and intimidation as President Lungu seeks to extend his stay in office. Civil society organisations in Zambia are deeply concerned over ongoing restrictions on the freedom of expression and…

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Zambia 

Zambia: The Privatisation of State-Owned Assets Explained

By Henry Kyambalesa INTRODUCTION News stories concerning the privatisation of Zambia’s State-owned enter-prises which took place 30 years ago have continued to linger in the coun-try’s news outlets. In this article, I wish to provide a non-partisan bird’s-eye view of a process that was mainly fostered and funded by our coun-try’s development partners, whose experts directly participated in the pri-vatisation process. The development partners, whose support was cardinal to the consumma-tion of the privatisation process, included the Danish International Devel-opment Agency (DANIDA), the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), the Norwegian…

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Zambia Elections: Violence heightens despite peace-pact

– – As Zambia counts down to its August 12 general election, violent clashes among some political party groups have become rife, despite political parties signing a peace and non-violent accord, recently, resulting into the death of two political cadres a few days ago. The main perpetrators are reported to be the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the main United Party for National Development (UPND). President enlists the help of the military Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu, has since deployed the military, to curb the violence and maintain peace and order,…

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Latest OP-ED Zambia 

Zambia: The President Should Rescind the Decision to Deploy De-fence Forces

By Henry Kyambalesa Our brother President Edgar C. Lungu needs to promptly rescind his decision to deploy defence forces to quell political violence expected to be perpetrated by unruly supporters of citizens vying for elective positions in government ahead of the August 12, 2021 general elections. He should do so for two important reasons. Firstly, the gallant members of our defence forces are not trained to observe the rights and freedoms of the citizenry guaranteed by the Republican constitution and are, therefore, likely to violate such rights and freedoms. As…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: Concerns raised over unfair playing field ahead of August 12 poll

– – Some Zambian opposition parties and other electoral stakeholders have expressed concern over President, Edgar Lungu’s alleged flouting of the COVID 19-induced ban on election campaigns, using his visits to developmental projects and other work, as an excuse, ahead of the country’s general election, scheduled for 12 August, this year. Lungu announced in May, a ban on all campaign rallies, as part of the country’s measures to curb the spread of COVID 19, following a rise in cases and deaths, brought about by the third wave of the pandemic.…

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Africa Zambia 

Zambia after the 2021 General Elections

By Henry Kyambalesa Introduction Thus far, I have shared some of my most provocative views and opinions with my fellow Zambians concerning our beloved country’s development-related problems and prospects in several articles. This article is most probably going to be the last one before the general elections scheduled for August 12, 2021. In the article, I hope I will succeed in provoking a protracted and constructive debate concerning the potential for the United Party for National Development (UPND) Alliance to assemble a more representative government than the Patriotic Front (PF).…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: High Covid-19 deaths linked to negligence of medical staff

– – Zambia, has in recent months experienced unprecedented levels of COVID 19 infection rates and deaths. In the past, the country used to record single digits to no deaths a day, but the months of May, June and early July, this year, saw the numbers spiking to between 50 and over 60 deaths a day. Current records indicate that there have been 190,615 infections and 3,221 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began. While the Zambian government attributes this rise to laxity among citizens, prevention-wise, some…

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Africa Sports World Zambia 

Zambia’s Copper Queens beaten 10-3 in Olympic debut

– – Zambia’s women football team, the Copper Queens on Wednesday lost 10-3 in their Olympic debut, to European champions the Netherlands. Zambia however did put up a fight at the Miyagi Stadium with their captain Barbra Banda scoring an impressive hat-trick. The Zambian team is ranked 104th in the world and are the only female team from Africa in the competition. There have been reactions on social media over the outcome of the match. zambia just scored three against the world cup runner ups. but you’ll never see anyone…

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