Monthly Archives: July 2012

Zambian LGBT organization facing government probe

By Paul Shalala in Lusaka, Zambia An organization which is conducting a four months baseline survey to find out the number of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals (LGBT) in Zambia has continued receiving threats, condemnation and a possible probe from the Zambia government. Dette Resources Foundation (DRF), a local Zambian organization which launched the survey a week ago, is being investigated by the government over its activities. Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu announced that his ministry wants to get to the bottom of the matter. David Musonda, programme director at DRF, says his organization has received threats from churches, individuals and organizations but he has vowed that his organization … Continue reading

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Call for restoration of death penalty as law student is found dismembered

By Paul Shalala in Lusaka, Zambia The recent suspicious death of a college student in Zambia has divided and shocked the southern African country, re-igniting the debate over the abolishment of the death penalty. 19-year old Ruth Mbandu, who was a second year student in Human Resources Management at the government-owned National Institute of Public Administration, died Friday night and her body was discovered Saturday in Lusaka along Devils Street in Emmasdale residential area which is well known for brothels, bars and prostitution. Her lifeless body was discovered without ears, eyes and facial skin which her attackers went away with and so far, the Zambia Police Force has not been … Continue reading

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Hilary Clinton given rough ride in Egypt

By Arshad Mohammed and Marwa Awad Protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade on Sunday during her first visit to Egypt since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. A tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Clinton’s delegation in the port city of Alexandria. A senior state department official said that neither Clinton nor her vehicle, which were around the corner from the incident, were struck by any of the projectiles. Protesters chanted: “Monica, Monica”, a reference to Former President Bill Clinton’s extra-marital affair. Some chanted: “Leave, Clinton”, Egyptian security … Continue reading

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Zuma gets AU job as Zenawi fails to turn up

South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Sunday became the first female head of the African Union (AU) Commission, ending a bruising leadership battle that had threatened to divide and weaken the organisation. Cheers broke out at the AU’s soaring, Chinese-built steel and glass headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa as supporters of President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife celebrated her victory over incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon.  Dr Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s home affairs minister and an ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma defeated incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon, who had been at the helm of the Commission, the AU’s steering body, since 2008. The 63-year-old who has previously served as … Continue reading

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Sata criticised for creating ‘unnecessary’ districts

By Paul Shalala in Lusaka, Zambia The Zambian government of President Michael Sata has been criticised for the creation of new districts countrywide without the establishment of supporting infrastructure. Mr Sata, who came to power nine months ago, has since created 11 new districts in addition to the 72 that are already in place. He has been creating these districts without consulting local leaders or constructing offices for the local administrations to operate from. Two more districts were created Tuesday by the Zambian leader and both do not have infrastructure to support government operations. Governance expert Isaac Mwanza says Mr Sata’s creation of new districts without infrastructure on the ground … Continue reading

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