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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…

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Zambia’s former president Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97

– – Zambia’s former president, Kenneth Kaunda who was the first to serve as the country’s president after leading it to independence has died. He died on Thursday at the age of 97 after he was admitted to a military hospital in Lusaka. The former president was being treated for Pneumonia while on admission, according to the government. Kenneth Kaunda ruled for 27 years as president and was nicknamed the “African Gandhi” for his non-violent activism. The ex-president led then Northern Rhodesia to bloodless independence in October 1964 from the…

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Zambia’s President doing well after collapsing at public event

– – Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has assured citizens that he is well after collapsing while attending a public event. He was presiding over the national defence day on Sunday when “he experienced sudden dizziness” in the capital, Lusaka. In a statement, the Secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti indicated that the president “is well and has continued to discharge his duties”. Dr Miti said President Lungu recovered immediately after the incident. Zambia President Edgar Lungu collapses during Defence Forces Day event in the in the capital, Lusaka. Secretary to Cabinet…

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Zambian athletes fight stigma against albinos, disabled persons

– – Lassam Katongo, a Zambian athlete based in the capital, Lusaka, shows off his trophies and medals earned from some of the international athletic games he has participated in, which include the paralympics, as he proudly narrates his achievements in Athletics and sports in general. As a visually impaired athlete, he is one of only three Paralympians going to the Paralympic games in Tokyo, this year. Being in such a position is no doubt a privilege for Katongo, as not many who have as much potential or talent get…

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Social media blamed for high divorce cases in Zambia

– – Some Zambians have cited social media as one of the main reasons a lot of marriages are breaking down, in the wake of alarmingly high levels of divorce in the country. In the past 5 years, over 61, 000 divorces have been granted in local courts, according to the country’s justice minister, Given Lubinda, who said in parliament, recently, that social media abuse was one of the causes. “Madam Speaker, indeed, there were many more divorce petitions that were granted through local courts than were granted through the…

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Zambia alarmed by surge in suicide and passion killings among youths

– – The rate at which young people are reportedly committing suicide and crimes of passion/ passion killings in Zambia has become a source of serious concern. In recent months, the country has seen a spate of such deaths with victims being under or slightly over 20 years of age. Overlapping Cases A recent case involved a 17 year old girl and her boyfriend, who were reported as having booked a room at a lodge on the Copperbelt Province, north of Zambia, shortly after which the boyfriend allegedly stabbed his…

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Zambians angry over supply of faulty condoms and gloves

– – Zambians have expressed outrage over the supply of defective condoms and sterile gloves. A parliamentary committee has heard how a local company Honey Bee supplied the sub-standard products after it secured a $17m contract. The audit flagged the award of the contract on an official working day to a company without a physical address. There are fears that the supply of the defective condoms and sterile gloves has spread sexually transmitted diseases and coronavirus. A Zambian MP has compared the nationwide distribution of condoms and sterile gloves despite the…

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Zambia: Two police officers sacked for killing demonstrators

– – Two police officers in Zambia have been dismissed for killing some demonstrators. They have been sacked on the orders of Zambian President Edgar Lungu following investigations into the deaths of two opposition demonstrators last week in Lusaka. The protesters were killed when riot police broke up a rally outside the police headquarters where the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was being probed. Hichilema told journalists that he was called in to answer questions about a property purchase he made 20 years ago. In a statement the Zambian presidency said President Lungu who…

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Zambian woman ‘sues partner for not marrying her’

– – A Zambian woman who sued her partner for reconciliation on the grounds that she’d been waiting eight years for them to marry has now been advised to try a different legal route, reports the state-owned Sunday Times. It says Getrude Ngoma, 26, who lives in Ndola town located in the country’s Copperbelt region, complained to a local court that Herbert Salaliki who is two years her senior, had taken too long to marry her despite promising to do so. She reportedly complained that despite having a child with…

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How Covid-19 funds were misappropriated in Zambia

– – A damning report about the misappropriation of COVID 19 funds by Zambian government officials has been released by the Auditor- General’s office. Unexplained transactions About $71 million is reported to have been mismanaged on a number of unexplained transactions between 1 February and 31 July, 2020, which include dubious transfers from the Zambian government’s accounts, in cash withdrawals. The interim report highlighted an over-commitment of over 31 million U S dollars as being the highest financial irregularity in the utilisation of COVID-19 resources, according to a statement released…

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