Zambian politics at cross-roads ahead of polls

2014-12-12 16:05

Zambian political leaders are steeped in power struggles that threaten to derail a peaceful transition and an orderly conduct of the poll next month, amid street fights, court actions and suspensions.

Zambia ruling party suspends acting president Scott

2014-11-21 22:13

Zambia's governing Patriotic Front party has suspended Guy Scott from the party, weeks after he took over as interim president of the country following the death of Michael Sata last month.

Zambia sets date for presidential by-election

2014-11-18 23:09

Zambia's interim leader has announced the date for a by-election amid concerns about a tense contest to succeed President Michael Sata.

Put people first, Mugabe urges African leaders

2014-11-12 10:50

People should not get into politics for selfish and personal interests but for service to the people, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says during Zambian president Michael Sata’s funeral.

Zambia bids final farewell to president Sata

2014-11-11 15:51

Tens and thousands of Zambian have turned out at a state funeral to bury president Michael Sata who died at a London hospital two weeks ago.

Ramaphosa to attend Sata's funeral

2014-11-09 18:00

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will represent President Jacob Zuma at the funeral of Zambian President Michael Sata, the presidency has said.

Riots force Zambia's acting leader to back down

2014-11-04 15:19

Zambia’s acting president Guy Scott has rescinded his decision to dismiss the ruling party’s chief in a bid to defuse a political conflict that triggered riots.

Zambia defence minister calls dismissal from top post 'illegal'

2014-11-04 09:27

Zambia's defence minister and presidential front-runner Edgar Lungu says the decision by interim president Guy Scott to dismiss him as the ruling party's secretary-general is illegal.

Body of Zambian president arrives home

2014-11-01 14:18

A chartered plane carrying the body of Zambian President Michael Sata, who died in the UK, has arrived in Lusaka..

African hospitals poor - leaders

2014-10-30 20:20

When dying Zambian president Michael Sata flew to London last week he was following a long line of African leaders who have sought emergency, and secret medical treatment in foreign hospitals.

Messy struggle for Zambian presidency under way

2014-10-29 16:32

The battle for Zambia’s top job was already under way before long-ailing president Michael Sata died, but it looks set to become messier and more intense in his wake.

Zambian Vice President Scott named interim leader

2014-10-29 14:52

Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has been named the interim leader of Africa’s second largest copper producer, a government minister says, a day after president Michael Sata died.

Sata an outstanding son of Africa – Uhuru Kenyatta

2014-10-29 13:46

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has hailed Zambia’s president Michael Sata as an "outstanding son of Africa", adding “he was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values”.

Call for calm after Zambian leader Sata dies

2014-10-29 09:16

Zambian government cabinet secretary Roland Msiska has called for calm following the death of President Michael Sata in London.

Sata to miss 50th independence anniversary

2014-10-21 17:30

Zambian President Michael Sata, who left for medical treatment abroad at an undisclosed destination this weekend, will miss the southern African nation's 50th independence anniversary celebrations.

Zambian ex-air force chief jailed for graft

2014-10-10 15:17

Zambia’s former air force commander Andrew Sakala has been jailed for five years with hard labour after he was convicted of graft.

Zambia denies reports Sata treated in US

2014-09-26 20:04

Zambian President Michael Sata’s health is "entirely normal" and he didn’t receive medical treatment during a visit to the US this week, Vice President Guy Scott says.

I am not dead, says Zambia president

2014-09-19 15:22

Zambia’s elusive President Michael Sata has made a rare public appearance, opening a new session of parliament and declaring "I am not dead".

Zambia president sacks minister

2014-08-28 18:07

Zambian president Michael Sata has sacked his justice minister, a top contender in the battle to succeed the reportedly ailing leader.

Zambian leader Sata 'not critically ill'

2014-07-16 12:12

Zambia has released photographs of President Michael Sata chairing a cabinet meeting this week, allaying speculation that the 77-year-old leader is critically ill.

Zambia Parly concerned over Sata's health

2014-07-11 15:12

The health of Zambian President Michael Sata has come under scrutiny in parliament, with opposition lawmakers requesting a meeting with the ailing leader, who has not been seen in public for three weeks.

Zambian leader 'receives medical treatment in Israel'

2014-06-26 14:57

Zambian President Michael Sata is receiving medical treatment in Israel, an Israel official says without elaborating on his condition.

China lauds better ties with Zambian workers

2014-06-20 08:58

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao says industrial unrest in Chinese-run mines in Zambia has been reduced because of the understanding of the different working cultures.

New Zambia constitution curbs president

2014-01-16 21:47

Future Zambian presidents will have to garner at least 50% of the popular vote to be elected and their powers will be significantly curbed in the proposed new constitution.

Zambia politician held for calling Sata a potato

2014-01-07 14:05

Zambian police have arrested and charged an opposition leader with defamation after he compared the president to a potato, a party ally says.


Zambian court rules Lungu is PF presidential candidate

2014-12-04 20:18

Zambia’s high court has declared defence minister Edgar Lungu the duly elected presidential candidate of the ruling PF, after a power struggle that has rocked the party ahead of next month’s polls.

Widow of Zambian president joins succession race

2014-11-20 09:52

The battle for Zambia’s presidency has become even more of a family affair, with late leader Michael Sata’s widow joining the race to become the ruling party’s candidate.

Zambia succession battle spills to courts

2014-11-13 15:14

The battle to succeed late Zambian president Michael Sata has entered the courts, with supporters of one contender claiming that his right to take over as interim president has been unlawfully denied.

Tears flow as Zambia's Sata laid to rest

2014-11-11 20:20

Zambia's president Michael Sata has been buried with full honours at a state funeral following his death at a London hospital two weeks ago.

Zambia holds requiem for late president Sata

2014-11-10 15:37

Zambia has held a final requiem service for president Michael Sata ahead of his burial, after a week of lying on state in the capital city.

Sata named his preferred successor - claim

2014-11-06 18:51

On his deathbed in a London hospital, former Zambian president Michael Sata is said to have dictated a note in which he named his preferred successor.

Riots erupt in Zambian capital Lusaka

2014-11-04 12:00

Demonstrators are fighting police in Zambia in protests against the acting president, Guy Scott, who fired the ruling party chief following the death last week of president Michael Sata.

Zambians pay respects to late president Sata

2014-11-02 14:29

Zambians have formed long lines to pay last respects to their late president, Michael Sata, whose body is lying in state in Lusaka.

Zambian ex-minister held for 'celebrating' Sata’s death

2014-10-31 16:31

Zambian police say they have arrested and charged a former government official for celebrating the recent death of President Michael Sata by firing a gun in the air.

Zambia's Scott Africa's first white leader since apartheid

2014-10-30 07:12

Zambia will hold a second day of mourning for president Michael Sata, who died in a London hospital, as his deputy Guy Scott becomes, pending elections, Africa's first white leader since South Africa's apartheid era.

Zuma sends condolences to Sata's family

2014-10-29 15:37

President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to the family of Zambian President Michael Sata, who died in London aged 77.

ANC pays tribute to Zambia’s Sata

2014-10-29 14:36

Zambia's fifth president Michael Sata, who has died aged 77, will be remembered for helping the poor and disadvantaged, the ANC says.


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Zambian President Sata dies in London

2014-10-29 06:49

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, three private Zambian media outlets say.

Zambia’s Sata goes abroad for medical check-up

2014-10-20 14:34

Zambian President Michael Sata has left for a medical check-up abroad at an undisclosed destination, his office says.

Zambia's ex-president Banda hints at return

2014-10-08 21:06

With Zambia's president ailing, his predecessor Rupiah Banda has hinted at a possible return to politics.

Zambia's leader treated by doctors in New York

2014-09-26 07:43

Police say Zambia's president Michael Sata was treated in his New York hotel room by doctors during the world leaders' meeting at the UN General Assembly, but was not hospitalised.

Zambia's Sata appears in public after three-months

2014-09-10 21:09

Zambian president Michael Sata has appeared in public allaying concerns about the health of the 77-year-old leader that had mounted during a largely unexplained three-month absence from the public eye.

Zambia power struggle as Sata's health 'fails'

2014-08-27 08:58

Ailing Zambian President Michael Sata has not been seen in public for more than two months, prompting a behind-the-scenes power struggle to succeed him.

Zambian acquitted for calling Sata 'a potato'

2014-07-15 14:51

A Zambian opposition leader charged with defamation after comparing the president to a sweet potato has been acquitted after a court found he was merely exercising his right to free speech.

Zambia president Sata returns from Israel

2014-07-08 12:40

Zambian President Michael Sata has returned from Israel and celebrated his 77th birthday with friends and family, a report says.

Activists charged over Sata health rumours

2014-06-26 09:04

Zambian authorities have charged three opposition activists accused of claiming that President Michael Sata is dying, amid rumours over the elderly statesman’s health, one of the activists says.

Ex-Zambian leader Kaunda hospitalised

2014-02-24 12:29

Zambia’s founding father and former president Kenneth Kaunda has been taken to hospital but is said to be in good spirits, the government says.

Zambia police beat opposition activists

2014-01-13 21:14

Zambian police have used batons and teargas on a crowd of opposition activists gathered outside a police station in the capital.

Zambia frees 54 separatists in court for treason

2013-11-29 20:22

A court in Zambia has freed 54 separatists who were facing charges of treason for trying to create a new state called Barotseland in the west of the country.

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