Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

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,…

Read More
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.…

Read More
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…

Read More
Africa Business South Africa Southern Africa World 

Cannabis production as source of revenue for pandemic-stricken countries

– – Medical and adult use cannabis production could provide new sources of taxable revenue for countries seeking to recover financially in the aftermath of the pandemic. Recent legal developments in South Africa point to a growing attempt to harness the plant’s potential and ensure adequate control of the cultivation and sale of cannabis products. In April 2021, the South African Government proposed a draft national master plan with the aim of loosening regulations in the cannabis industry in order to boost economic development. The plan looks at the prospect…

Read More
Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

African Union calls for peace in South Africa amid deadly unrest

– – Firefighters are also cleaning up the mess, helped by local residents wielding brooms. Police have also arrested hundreds of people for the violent unrest as the military makes efforts to bring the rioting under control. South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa met with leaders of political parties on Wednesday to discuss ways to address the unrest. “President Ramaphosa welcomed proposals made by political leaders and said expanded deployment of the South African National Defence Force was being addressed,” a government statement said. The jailing of a former president is…

Read More
Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

At least 45 killed in pro-Zuma violent protests in South Africa

– – At least 45 people have been killed amid the violent protests taking place in some provinces in South Africa over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. The protests mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have led to looting and destruction of some property. Gauteng Premier, David Makhura said on Tuesday that 19 people had died in the province since the start of the violence. 10 of those deaths were due to a stampede at the Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal, the Premier…

Read More
Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Military deployed amid deadly unrest over Zuma’s jailing

Soldiers have been deployed to areas in South Africa where deadly protests have continued to take place over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. The government is hoping the soldiers can quell the deadly unrest that sparked looting of shops and setting of buildings on fire on Monday. At least six people have been killed and 200 arrested since the unrest began last week. This is the first time such pro-Zuma protests are taking place on the streets after the former leader was processed for prison last Wednesday. He…

Read More
Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Violent protests spread over jailing of Jacob Zuma

– – The jailing of a former president is unprecedented in South Africa, which has been gripped by Zuma’s legal turmoil. Mr. Zuma has said that the apartheid government treated him better than the current one after he was last week found guilty of contempt of court. The verdict was delivered by the country’s constitutional court after he failed to appear and participate at the state capture inquiry. Mr. Zuma said going to jail without trial was something he fought against during the white-minority apartheid rule. “Sending me to jail…

Read More
Africa Botswana Business Southern Africa World 

Botswana announces discovery of another huge diamond

– – Botswana has announced another discovery of a huge rough diamond, toppling an earlier huge discovery of the stone. The discovery on June 12 was carried out by the Canadian company Lucara and is a 1,174-carat gem. The latest discovered stone now becomes the world’s third largest diamonds. Lucara’s Managing Director, Naseem Lahri told AFP that this is a “historic discovery, for us and for Botswana as well.” “In the hierarchy of large stones, it ranks third,” she said during its presentation to the government in Gaborone. – –…

Read More
Africa Mozambique Southern Africa World 

Mozambique: Inquiry confirms forced prostitution in prisons

– – An inquiry in Mozambique has confirmed reports of forced prostitution in a women’s prison. Last month Anti-corruption organisation the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP) revealed that female prisoners in the country were being forced into prostitution by staff of prison facilities. The group said for years prisoners from Ndlavela Women’s Penitentiary in the capital, Maputo, have been taken to nearby guest houses to work as prostitutes for wealthy clients. These details were revealed by investigative undercover journalists who also spoke to current and former inmates forced to have sex several…

Read More