Zambezi River dam opposed over environmental, tourism impact

Zambezi River dam opposed over environmental, tourism impact

A hydroelectric dam project, years in the making and planned for the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, remains under pressure from whitewater rafting enthusiasts and tourism businesses concerned about the environmental and economic impacts. Munyaradzi Munodawafa, chief executive with the Zambezi River Authority, told reporters this week that the…

Zambia plans new facility to welcome Congolese fleeing DRC

Zambia plans new facility to welcome Congolese fleeing DRC

With thousands of Congolese refugees streaming across the border into neighboring Zambia, the government in Lusaka announces a new permanent refugee settlement facility will open in the Mantapala area of Nchelenge District, near Lake Mweru in the country’s far north. The center will open soon to relieve congestion at Kenani,…

Delayed SADC peacekeeper mission in Lesotho to begin Saturday

A delayed peacekeeping operation in Lesotho is set for an official deployment launch on Saturday, according to the Southern African Development Community. The SADC said forces from neighboring countries continued to arrive head of the deadline, which was originally set for November 1 but changes to the mission, including the…

Refugees fleeing DR Congo violence pour into Zambia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says alarm is ever-growing over extreme violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the number of refugees now fleeing into neighboring Zambia. Some 3,360 refugees poured across the border in September, more than doubling the total number who have sought safety…

Zambia’s opposition leader Hichilema due in court

Zambian opposition politician Hakainde Hichilema is expected at the Lusaka High Court on Monday, his United Party for National Development (UPND) announced on Sunday amid reports that treason charges against Hichilema will be dropped. Hichilema, the UPND presidential candidate who ran unsuccessfully against President Edgar Lungu last year, was arrested…

Assessing the alarm over Zambia’s Lungu and a state of emergency

There is no escape, really, from the realization that the incremental encroachments on Zambia’s democratic freedoms have now moved the country into a frightening moment. Word that President Edgar Lungu is to declare a national state of emergency appears to mark a new phase of political power for a president…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Zambia: Opposition party leaders uneasy as Hichilema heads to court

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, where he is expected to face treason charges after being accused of blocking a presidential motorcade, according to legal counsel. Hichilema, a prominent businessman and leader in the United Party for National Development (UPND), was arrested Monday night during…

Botswana: 5.0-magnitude aftershock rattles region hit by quake

An aftershock earthquake that measured 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Botswana shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) also measured the quake at a 5.0 magnitude, with an epicenter in the same location as Monday night’s…