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Zambia gay rights activist Paul Kasonkomona arrested

A prominent gay rights activist has been arrested in Zambia after appearing on a live television show calling for same-sex relations to be decriminalised.  Plain clothed Zambia Police officers, arrested from Muvi TV studios, Paul Kasonkomona, and detained him at Lusaka’s Woodlands Police Station. He was arrested shortly after appearing on the Assignment programme, a current affairs programme on Muvi TV. Kasonkomona has since been  charged with “inciting the public to take part in indecent activities”, police chief Solomon Jere told AFP news agency. Correspondents say many people believe that it is contrary to their religious beliefs. Sources at the television station in Lusaka told AFP that police tried to … Continue reading

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Ex-Zambian leader to be accorded ‘fair’ trial

Zambia’s Attorney General has said former President Rupiah Banda will get a fair trial when his corruption trial commences this week.  Mumba Malila also said Zambian courts have demonstrated their independence. The former president is accused of abusing his powers by procuring an oil contract with the Nigerian government meant for Zambia. The government insists that Banda and his family actually were the beneficiaries.  Malila said a head of state is given the trust by the people to do whatever is in the best interest of the citizens and not to make best deals for him.  Malila said leaders who abuse the citizens’ trust will eventually be called upon to … Continue reading

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Sata sacks his Justice Minister Sebastian Zulu

By Paul Shalala in Lusaka, Zambia Zambian President Michael Sata has sacked his Justice Minister Sebastian Zulu after publicly voicing his displeasure with his performance in a commission of inquiry he (Zulu) chaired. While reasons for Zulu’s sacking are yet to be made public, his dismissal as the fourth most important official in the Zambian government, has been received with mixed reactions as some governance experts now hope the country will have better judicial reforms and a more inclusive constitution making process while others disagree. In a press statement issued Friday morning, State House, the official residence of the Zambian Head of State, did not reveal the reason for Zulu’s … Continue reading

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Zambia arrests opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema

By Paul Shalala in Lusaka, Zambia Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who was once an ally of President Michael Sata  has been arrested and charged with publishing false news with intent to cause alarm to the nation following his comments alleging that the ruling Patriotic Front party had sent youths to be trained as militias in Sudan. According to Zambia Police Deputy spokesperson Charity Chanda, Mr Hichilema, who is the leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), is alleged to have issued the said words on 11 July this year in which he said ruling party youths had been sent to Africa’s newest republic for militia training. She … Continue reading

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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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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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Zambian police in running battles with UPND youths

From Michael Malakata in Lusaka, Zambia Police in Zambia have fought running battles with youths from the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) in what appears to be the beginning of anarchy in the country since the change of government last year. The youths are protesting to press for the resignation of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito over alleged misconduct. Nchito and the Post Newspapers Editor -in- Chief Fred Mmembe got over US$4 million from the Development Bank of Zambia, which they then pumped into the operations of their Airline-Zambian Airways that is now defunct. The two have failed to pay back the money to the … Continue reading

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Zambia and Zimbabwe to jointly host tourism conference

By Michael Malakata, Lusaka, Zambia Zambian President Michael Sata and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe have signed a bilateral hosting agreement for the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly. Present at the official signing of the agreement was UNWTO Secretary General Dr Taleb Rifai at a no man’s land on Victoria Falls Bridge in Livingstone, over 400 kilometres south of the capital Lusaka. Zambia and Zimbabwe will jointly host the global tourism gathering in August 2013 in Livingstone and Victoria falls. Sata also held closed door talks with Rifai at the Royal Livingstone Hotel in the tourist capital.  Dr Rifai called on President Sata soon after his … Continue reading

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Repatriation of Angolans from Zambia continues undisturbed

From Michael Malakata in Lusaka, Zambia The Zambia government and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have continued with the repatriation of Angolan refugees as cessation of their status approaches although some of them were unwilling to go back to Angola. A total of 33 Angolan refugees returned to Angola’s Huambo Town on Wednesday 16 May by plane from Mongu Airport in Western Zambia. An additional 45 Angolans were yesterday (Thursday) repatriated to Moxico Province from Mongu, while 41 were repatriated from Solwezi destined for Luena. This brings to 119 the total number of Angolan refugees repatriated in the last two days from the two refugee settlements of Meheba and … Continue reading

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