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Zambia drops treason charges against main opposition leader

The Zambian state prosecutor on Wednesday released the country’s opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, from jail after the government dropped treason charges against him and five others. The prosecutor, in the early hours of Wednesday filed a ‘nolle prosequi’ in the case where Hichilema and five others were supposed to stand trial. The defendants had pleaded […]

Zambia’s economy to post 4.3 % growth in 2017

Zambia’s economy will grow by 4.3 percent this year from around 3.2 percent last year supported by better agricultural output, improved electricity generation and higher mining production, Finance Minister Felix Mutati said on Tuesday. The Finance Minister’s statement comes weeks after the International Monetary Fund announced the possibility of granting Zambia a credit facility of […]

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Fertilizer industry: Zambia seeks to attract Moroccan investors

Zambia, which remains a net importer of fertilizers, has called on Moroccan operators to invest in the fertilizer industry, to help curb the high cost of crop production. The call was launched by Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya at a meeting in Lusaka Monday with a Moroccan delegation, led by Secretary of State for Foreign […]

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Lesotho: New PM to be sworn in despite shooting of wife

Lesotho newly elected Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will be inaugurated on Friday despite the fatal shooting of his wife on Wednesday by an unknown gunman. News emerged late on Wednesday that the estranged wife of Thabane had allegedly been shot dead just two days before the inauguration of her husband in the mountainous kingdom. 58-year-old […]

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Zambia: Opposition MPs suspended for ‘disobedience’ to President

The speaker of the Zambian parliament, Patrick Matibini, on Tuesday suspended all the lawmakers of the United Party for National Development (UPND) for a 30-day period, because of their ‘disobedience’ to President Edgar Lungu According to the speaker, the suspension was decided as the 48 members of the UPND, the main opposition party in the […]

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Zambia: Sugar production increases by 47%

Zambia Sugar, a unit of Associated British Foods, on Thursday said its refined sugar production has increased by 47% to 65,000 tons in the year that ended March 31, driven up by increased refining capacity. According to the managing Director of Zambia Sugar, Rebecca Katow, despite the increment of the production, total sugar production fell […]

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Zambia: Hundreds pray for jailed opposition leader

Members of the Zambian United Party for National Development (UPND) have been gathering across the Southern-African nation to pray for opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is facing treason charges for allegedly plotting a coup d’état against president Edgar Lungu. In capital Lusaka, prayers were held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Hichilema’s wife, Mutinta, […]

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Zambian opposition leader could face death penalty

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been charged with treason on Tuesday for allegedly trying to overthrow President Edgar Lungu. The leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND) was initially charged with treason for obstructing Lungu’s motorcade. Officials stated that Hichilema blocked Lungu’s motorcade with his own convoy of vehicles during a traditional […]

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Zambia: police teargased opposition leader’s house in a midnight raid

The house of Hakainde Hichilema, the Zambian opposition leader whose party lost the August general election to Edgar Lungu, was attacked by security forces early on Tuesday morning in a bid to arrest him, local media reported. United Party for National Development, party of the perennial presidential candidate said on its Facebook account that police […]

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Zambia: 8 killed in stampede over food aid

At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in Zambia on Monday, police said. The incident occurred in the capital Lusaka at a public sports centre where a church was handing out food to about 35,000 people, mostly from the city’s impoverished slums. The police said they dispersed the gathering […]

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