Zambia Fails To Secure IMF Deal

The International Monetary Fund has rejected Zambia’s latest borrowing plans, saying they risk making it harder for the country to sustain its debt load, the IMF said on Friday. Zambia had hoped to have a $1.3 billion loan agreement with the IMF completed early this year, Treasury Secretary Fredson Yamba said in November. The IMF’s rejection puts those plans […]

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Lungu’s Southern African Allies Dropping Like Flies

There is no doubt that President Lungu felt some sense of sorrow to see his friend Mugabe overthrown, they had been close allies and many argued Mugabe was teaching Lungu the tricks of the trade. But a few months later another close ally of President Lungu’s has departed – much to his dismay. Jacob Zuma, […]

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Tensions Rise Following Mwanakatwe’s Promotion

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has opposed the appointment of Margaret Mwanakatwe as Finance Minister. TIZ Executive Director Wesley Chibamba says although Mrs. Mwanakatwe is qualified for the job, she is not qualified to serve as Minister on account of the High Court’s nullification of her election as Lusaka Central MP for allegedly engaging in electoral […]

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Has Lungu Already Begun Solidifying Power Ahead of 2021?

News this morning that Felix Mutati has been demoted to Minister for Works and Supply has many wondering if President Lungu is attempted to further consolidate his grip on power by moving a prominent MMD member to such a trivial post. This argument is somewhat strengthened by recent spats between Lungu and former PF members […]

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Zimbabwe’s Opposition Leader Tsvangirai Dies Aged 65

Acting Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Nelson Chamisa has expressed “shock and devastation” following the death of the party’s president Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai, 65, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, died on Wednesday after battling against cancer. Tsvangirai, who founded the MDC in 1999, was among the […]

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‘Zambia’s HIV Statistics Worrying’ Says Ministry of Health Director

The government says there is a need for the country to strategically narrow the gap between knowledge and behavior change to uplift Zambia out of its status as one of the countries with the highest HIV burdens in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ministry of Health Director for Public Health Andrew Silumesi said the country should strive to […]

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ECZ Wash Their Hands Of Campaigns Outside Official Period

Lately, opposition parties have accused the ruling party of starting campaigns for the 2021 elections. Last week President Edgar Lungu said that he will not be stopping his provincial visits because of aggrieved opposition claiming he is on a campaign tour. The head of state who landed in Ndola Copperbelt to mark his three-day working […]

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Lungu To Crack Down On Criticisms Against The Chinese

The President has come to the defense of his loyalist of allies – the Chinese Government. Their presence in Zambia and indeed Africa more broadly has been a source of tension for many years with critics arguing they are in essence our new colonial masters – taking away jobs, resources and monopolizing industry, others view […]

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