Zambia's Government Plans to Buy Police Cars That Cost Half a Million Dollars Each

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 14:48, by Gershom Ndhlovu
A Zambian police van carrying riot police chasing rioting students at one of the public colleges in Lusaka. Photo used with the permission of Lusaka Times.

A Zambian police van carrying riot police chasing rioting students at one of the public colleges in Lusaka. Photo used with the permission of Lusaka Times.

To many Zambians, the news item on state-run Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television on June 14, 2015, about the government’s intention to spend a hefty US$190 million on a fleet of motor vehicles for security wings was just that, a piece of information from the governors to the governed.

Home Affairs Minister Davis Mwila, who was quoted in the story, disclosed that the vehicles would be bought for the Zambian… ( Read on! )

Zambian Musician Charged Over Song Lampooning President Edgar Lungu

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 18:50, by Gershom Ndhlovu
Chama Fumba, better known by his stage name, Pilato. Picture used with permission of the Zambian Watchdog.

Chama Fumba, better known by his stage name, Pilato. Picture used with permission of the Zambian Watchdog.

Controversial musician Chama Fumba, better known by his stage name Pilato, was arrested by the Zambian police on Monday, June 8. He was charged with conduct likely to breach peace. His arrest comes after a cat-and-mouse game that lasted for over a week following the release of his song allegedly lampooning President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for abandoning the ideals of the late President Michael Sata, whom he replaced in an election in January this year.

The song, “ALungu… ( Read on! )

Guest Post by Abdul-Nasser Alidu: Defeating Corruption in Ghana – Mahama is the Key (Part 1)

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 09:27, by Jemila Abdulai
Corruption

In his annual 31st December message, former President Rawlings says “Ghana is saddled with some very negative images about corruption, some wrongly perceived, but some convincingly accurate,” while the king of Akyem Abuakwa describes the level of corruption in Ghana as “madness”. Similarly, Ghana’s catholic bishops noted in their New Year message that the “twin evils of bribery and corruption” are ravaging every fabric of the Ghanaian society – a situation the deputy speaker of parliament and New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Essikado argues could make Ghana a… ( Read on! )

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! )

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