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Zambia President Weakening Opposition with Gov’t Appointments, Says Opposition

Posted July 27th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Zambian opposition leader says President Michael Sata is giving cabinet-level positions to members of his rival political party in an effort to weaken it. Nevers Mumba, the leader of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy, tells VOA that President Sata hopes the appointments will influence the new cabinet ministers to vote in the government’s favor. […]

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Official Deregisters Zambia’s Former Ruling Party

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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A government official in Zambia says the main opposition party, which ruled the country for two decades, has been dissolved for failing to pay its registration dues. Clement Andeleke, the head of the registry office, Wednesday said the Movement for Multiparty Democracy’s 53 parliament seats would be nullified as a result of the party’s deregistration. […]

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China Defends its Practices in Zambia’s Copper Mines

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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China has defended its labor practices at copper mines in Zambia and disputes a report by Human Rights Watch that criticizes safety in mines owned and operated by China. In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman contended Thursday that the HRW report is “inconsistent with the facts.” He said China has formulated laws and regulations to […]

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China Defends its Practices in Zambia’s Copper Mines

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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China has defended its labor practices at copper mines in Zambia and disputes a report by Human Rights Watch that criticizes safety in mines owned and operated by China. In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman contended Thursday that the HRW report is “inconsistent with the facts.” He said China has formulated laws and regulations to […]

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HRW Presses Zambia to Protect Workers In Chinese Owned Copper Mines

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says Zambia’s president must ensure workers in the country’s Chinese-owned cooper mines are not subjected to unsafe conditions. The rights group says President Michael Sata has failed to make good on a campaign pledge to enforce and improve copper mining safety regulations. In a report Thursday, Human Rights Watch outlined poor safety […]

Zambia Apologizes to Angola for Past Rebel Support

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Zambia’s new president says his country has formally apologized to neighboring Angola for backing a rebel movement that battled Angola’s government during a 27-year civil war. President Michael Sata said Wednesday that he sent an envoy to personally apologize to Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. During the the 1990s, Mr. dos Santos’ party accused […]

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Zambian President Promises Graft Crackdown

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Zambian President Michael Sata is renewing his pledge to crack down on corruption. Addressing parliament Friday, the newly-elected leader promised to reinstate an anti-graft measure that calls on public officials to account for their wealth. Mr. Sata also promised to investigate alleged corruption by the previous government. The 74-year-old Sata scored a decisive victory over […]

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New Zambian Government Halts Metal Exports

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Zambia’s new government has decided to suspend all exports of copper and other metals until new guidelines are in place that would reform the country’s mining industry. Officials say the new guidelines, which aim to improve revenue collection and increase transparency in Zambia’s mining sector, are expected to be implemented by October 15. Zambia is […]

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Zambian President Names New Anti-Graft Chief

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Zambia’s new president is replacing the country’s top anti-corruption official. The announcement from President Michael Sata’s office Saturday is the latest in a series of moves ridding the government of anyone perceived to have close ties to his predecessor. Mr. Sata named Rosewin Wandi to take over as director general of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). […]

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Malawi Government Lifts Travel Ban on New Zambian President

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 7:01 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika says his government will allow the newly-elected president of neighboring Zambia to enter the country, four years after he was mysteriously deported. Mr. Mutharika’s government said Thursday that President Michael Sata, who was elected to the Zambian presidency last week, has been “cleared of the prohibited immigrant status” since he […]

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