Ahead of 2021 elections, Zambian court won’t block reforms process

Ahead of 2021 elections, Zambian court won’t block reforms process

Opponents of a bill to amend Zambia’s constitution were dealt another setback on Friday, as the country’s Constitutional Court ruled against a legal team hoping to interrupt a process many believe is meant to consolidate power for President Edgar Lungu and his ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party. The court ruled…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Zambia’s court clears Lungu for a third term

Zambia’s court clears Lungu for a third term

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu is the latest African leader expected to make another bid to stay in power, after a constitutional court decision Friday that paves the way for a possible third term in 2021. Lungu, who has presided over an increasingly repressive Zambia since 2015, will be able to…

China’s MFA speaks out on Zambian-Chinese tensions

China’s MFA speaks out on Zambian-Chinese tensions

China’s foreign ministry spoke out Thursday on increasing tensions in Zambia over the Chinese role in the country, which has been criticized most recently by longtime political opposition leader Haikande Hichilema. Hichilema was detained for questioning earlier this week after he was accused of making public anti-China statements that led…

Zambia’s national dialogue still on hold over leadership

Zambia’s national political dialogue has hit a few bumps since a June summit of party leaders in Siavonga agreed to a roadmap for an inclusive process ahead of presidential elections in 2021. The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) has been working on the dialogue process since last year, under pressure…

Zambian political parties move forward with dialogue on reforms

Zambia is moving forward with plans for an inclusive political dialogue chaired by the country’s religious leaders, amid renewed concerns of political violence spurred by clashes earlier this month during a parliamentary by-election in Chilanga. The Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) has been working on the process since last…

Zambia’s PF tosses Cambridge Analytica into spat with Hichilema

Politicians in Zambia are distancing themselves from opposition political leader Hakainde Hichilema, following his accusation that Janet Rogan, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) representative and country coordinator in Zambia, helped President Edgar Lungu to manipulate votes in the 2016 election. They’re also taking the opportunity to call for an…

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…