Zambian nun praised as ‘unsung hero’ of COVID pandemic

Zambian nun praised as ‘unsung hero’ of COVID pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic and its many sorrows has come a new appreciation for essential workers, and now a Roman Catholic nun in Zambia has been named one of “seven unsung heroes” by wealthy philanthropist Bill Gates. Gates recently featured Sr. Astridah Banda in his popular “Gates Notes” newsletter and…

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

Another locust outbreak is threatening southern Africa, this time with the potential to affect some 7 million people in four more countries. Botswana has seen smallholder farmers lose entire crops, with the growing region of Pandamatenga and its key sorghum crops at risk as the country seeks to step up…

Zambia shuts down three universities for violations

In Zambia, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) announced Tuesday that three universities have been deregistered and are prevented from any further operations. They include Citizen University, Pamodzi University, and University of East and Southern Africa, according to an HEA statement. The decisions followed compliance audits at the institutions. In the…

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

Zambian youth launch video on Kabwe’s toxic lead

Young environmental activists in Zambia released a new video on Monday to call attention to the longstanding problem of lead poisoning in Kabwe, where more than a century of mining impacts led to environmental disaster and lasting health consequences disproportionately affecting children. “Several neighborhoods in our town, Kabwe, have some…

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 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…

Zambia says fraud, fake news demand stricter digital-platform laws

Zambia’s communications minister is defending the southern African nation’s plans to more tightly control social media use, saying the government is concerned about scams and other Internet abuses. Brian Mushimba, the Transport and Communications minister, said in a statement issued Friday that more than 600 Zambians have lost tens of…

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…