Déjà Vu? New Zambian President Sparks Health Speculation With Holiday

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 07:26, by Gershom Ndhlovu
President Edgar Lungu on a helicopter ride viewing the South Luangwa National Park during a holiday he took two weeks into office. Picture used with permission of Salim Henry/SHENPA.

President Edgar Lungu on a helicopter ride viewing the South Luangwa National Park during a holiday he took two weeks into office. Picture used with permission of Salim Henry/SHENPA.

Barely two weeks in office, newly elected Zambian president Edgar Lungu surprised the nation when he took a holiday, fueling speculation about his health — a topic that came up in the campaigns leading up to the January 20 elections to replace President Michael Sata, who died in office on October 28, 2014.

Just after winning the election to replace Sata, Lungu underwent medical tests at Lusaka Trust Hospital… ( Read on! )

They Lied Until He Died: Zambia Acknowledges President's Illness Just Before His Death

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 17:51, by Gershom Ndhlovu
Zambia's Supreme Court reserves ruling in presidential petition case, February 17, 2009, photo by Harrison Tuntu. Lusaka, Zambia. Demotix.

Zambia's Supreme Court reserves ruling in presidential petition case, February 17, 2009, photo by Harrison Tuntu. Lusaka, Zambia. Demotix.

Left in the dark about their leader's illness, Zambians were angry more than shocked to learn this week that the country's fifth president, Michael Sata, fondly known as King Cobra, died in London on October 28.

The government only recently acknowledged that the president was sick, waiting until October 20, four days before Zambia's 50th Independence Day, when Sata needed to be evacuated to Britain for emergency medical treatment. At the time, the… ( Read on! )

50 Years Later, Zambians Are Asking What Independence Day Means

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 01:25, by Gershom Ndhlovu
Zambia's National Freedom Day last year in Lusaka. October 24, 2013, photo by Owen Miyanza. Demotix.

Zambia's National Freedom Day last year in Lusaka. October 24, 2013, photo by Owen Miyanza. Demotix.

Zambia celebrated its golden jubilee last week, on October 24. This year's anniversary marked the first time in 50 years of independence that Zambia's sitting head of state was absent at the festivities, as President Michael Sata was abroad for what his staff called a “medical check up.”

While Zambians all over the world celebrated the holiday with food, the national colours, and anything else they could lay their hands on, some observations have raised serious questions about the… ( Read on! )

Nigeria: Chibok, A Living Nightmare, Find our Daughters

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 15:54, by Sokari Ekine
Relatives of Kidnapped Girls [Source: TheGuardian.com]

 Women across Nigeria are protesting the abduction of 234 schoolgirls from Chibok, in north east Nigeria, which took place on Monday April
the 14th. Starting from Wednesday the 30th of April, protests and rallies are planned in Abuja, Ibadan, Maiduguri, Kano, Lagos, Kaduna,
Benin.

A Living Nightmare, Find our Daughters – Statement by Women of Peace And Justice

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Since Monday 14th April 2014 when over 200 young female students from the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State were abducted by heavily armed men, millions around the world have been unable to come to terms with… ( Read on! )

Zambia's President Increases His Salary, Blames Opposition MPs

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 06:13, by Gershom Ndhlovu

Even before the echo of the voice of Zambia's Minister of Finance, Alexander Chikwanda, died down from his budget presentation in parliament in which he announced the freezing of civil service wages for two years, citizen media website Zambian Watchdog unearthed a Statutory Instrument dated 8 October 2013 that increased President Michael Sata's salary along with other constitution office holders.

President Michael Sata addressing parliament. Picture used with permission from Lusaka Times.

President Michael Sata addressing parliament. Picture used with permission from Lusaka Times.

This is one Statutory Instrument government would have wished was buried among the documents citizens… ( Read on! )

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