Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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 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…

Read More
Africa Featured Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia’s ex-president Kaunda buried despite family’s protest

– – Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda has been buried at a memorial site for former presidents. He was laid to rest on Wednesday at the Embassy Park national site in the capital Lusaka despite a court appeal by his family members against this arrangement. Kenneth Kaunda who was in office from 1964 to 1991 died on June 17 aged 97. The government decreed that Kaunda would be buried at the Embassy Park where the other past presidents have been laid to rest. But some of Kaunda’s children, grandchildren and…

Read More
Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia: Kaunda’s family sues government over burial plans

– – Some relatives of former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda have gone to court to try to stop his burial at the Embassy Park national site in the capital Lusaka. The country’s first president who was in office from 1964 to 1991 died on June 17 aged 97. The government later decreed that Kaunda would be buried at the Embassy Park where the other past presidents have been laid to rest. The burial is due to take place on Wednesday July 6 after a 21 day period of mourning. But some of…

Read More
Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambian TV anchor demands unpaid salary on air

– – A Zambian TV anchor is being investigated for demanding his unpaid salary on a live news bulletin. In a viral video, Kabinda Kalimina who works with KBN TV was captured going off the script and demanding for his salary and that of his colleagues soon after providing the headlines. “Away from the news, ladies and gentlemen, we are human beings. We have to get paid. Unfortunately, on KBN we haven’t been paid. People are getting instruments on KBN…Sharon and everyone else haven’t been paid, including myself. We have…

Read More
Opinions Zambia 

Zambia: Patriotic Front Should Bear the Blame for Violence

By Henry Kyambalesa The Patriotic Front (PF), the ruling political party in Zambia, should bear the blame for all the socioeconomic ills currently facing the country. Such socioeconomic ills include the high level of corruption, the country’s declining economic performance, the high level of government-secured debts, the unprecedented levels of poverty and inequality, and the current escalation of political violence, among a host of other socioeconomic problems and crises. With respect to the current spate of political violence, the following age-old proverb renders the verdict: “The fish start rotting from…

Read More