• Politics of Hunger in Zambia

    Politics of Hunger in Zambia0

    A recent report by Global Hunger Index has ranked Zambia the fifth hungriest country in the world. This coincidentally comes at a time when the country is grappling with a severe drought which has devastated more than half of the country mainly in the Southern, Central and Western Provinces, leaving many rural households surviving on wild fruits, roots and

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  • South African Businesses Close As Zambian Students Protest Xenophobia

    South African Businesses Close As Zambian Students Protest Xenophobia0

    Dozens of South African businesses include banks, supermarkets and a television provider have been temporarily shut down in the Zambian capital Lusaka, as thousands of university students protest xenophobia taking place in South Africa. First National Bank (FNB), Shoprite, Multichoice (DStv), Hungry Lion, Barclays Bank, Pick N Pay and several other South African owned companies

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  • Zambia’s Treatment of Foreign Opposition Leaders Raise Eyebrows0

    Recently Zambia deported a leading Zimbabwean opposition figure, Mr Tendai Biti  while attempting to enter the country to seek political asylum. The opposition figure was handed back to Zimbabwean authorities despite having successfully obtained a court order restraining Zambian authorities from doing so. The decision to hand over a man who claimed that his life

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  • Commonwealth Steps Out of Zambia’s Political Dialogue Process

    Commonwealth Steps Out of Zambia’s Political Dialogue Process0

    Commonwealth has stepped out of Zambia’s political dialogue process aimed at addressing the country’s political impasse between the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the main opposition party United Party for National Development (UPND). The process has been handed over to local in-country facilitators. In August, 2017 Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland facilitated the release from

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  • Zambia’s Disturbing Political Crisis

    Zambia’s Disturbing Political Crisis0

    Zambia’s main opposition party, United Party for National Development (UPND) has continued to receive a bashing from the Patriotic Front (PF) government with the church and civil society raising alarm at what they describe as an accelerated move towards a dictatorship. Zambia now has a situation where opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema remains in indefinite detention

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  • Pressure Mounts on Zambian Gov’t to Address Deteriorating Political Environment

    Pressure Mounts on Zambian Gov’t to Address Deteriorating Political Environment0

    On 10th April, 2017, Zambia Police invaded the house of leading opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema. The Police switched off power at the house, blocked the main roads and then broke down the gates to the house to gain access to the house before firing teargas into the house. The

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  • An Overview Of Zambia’s Political Scene In 2016

    An Overview Of Zambia’s Political Scene In 20160

    2016 started with landmark decisions which would eventually shape the future of Zambia as a country both internationally and nationally. Most notable development revolved about electoral reforms and constitutional amendments. I have put together some key highlights of last year: Electoral reforms On January 5th 2016, President Edgar Lungu assented to national constitutional amendments, bringing

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  • Zambia, Lost Sheep

    Zambia, Lost Sheep0

    Zambians are amazing people. They can take anything from anyone. We are a lost sheep. We have lost the love for one another. We are jealous of each other, we fight one another. Even in families today we no longer celebrate each other’s successes with sincere hearts, we have broken Christian values. We do not

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  • Zambia Re-Elects Lungu in Disputed Polls

    Zambia Re-Elects Lungu in Disputed Polls0

    Zambians beat their own record on Thursday 11th August, 2016 when they turned up in large numbers and braved the scorching sun in long and winding queues as they waited for hours to cast their vote. The 2016 general elections came with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement given that the country was voting under

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  • How Will Zambians Remember Patriotic Front?

    How Will Zambians Remember Patriotic Front?0

    Should the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) succeed to lose tomorrow’s election, what memories will Zambians hold of a party many loved for its pro-poor ideologies and populist political strategy? In 2011 under the leadership of the late Michael Sata, in polls widely lauded as free and fair, the PF made history on the African continent

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