Sata to miss 50th independence anniversary

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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.

Zambia warns miners over job cuts

2013-11-13 17:45

Zambia has warned mining companies that any moves to lay off workers without consulting the government would be seen as a violation of their investment licences.

Zambia's Sata 'getting increasingly dictatorial'

2013-11-05 07:49

Zambian President Michael Sata has threatened to revoke the licence of Konkola Copper Mine, owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources, if it goes through with a plan to lay off more than 1 500 workers.

Shoprite strikers return to work

2013-10-17 14:48

Workers who have been fired after striking for higher pay and improved working conditions have resumed working after Zambia threatened to shut Shoprite stores.

Zambian separatists to answer treason charges

2013-10-02 07:50

More than 70 Zambian separatists are due in court on charges of treason in one of the country’s biggest trials in recent years.

Zambia's Sata threatens to dissolve parly

2013-09-16 14:38

Zambia's president Michael Sata has threatened to dissolve parliament and prompt fresh elections, accusing ministers of failing to defend his government from opposition attacks.

Zambia: Where is Sata, rivals ask

2013-08-08 07:54

Zambia's opposition has demanded details about President Michael Sata’s whereabouts, amid rumours he is in London receiving medical treatment.

Sata supporters beat up activists

2013-05-31 14:37

Dozens of supporters of Zambia’s ruling part have beat up a group of civil society activists and opposition politicians gathered in a church for prayers.

Zambia scraps key food subsidy, risks ire

2013-05-17 08:04

A decision by Zambia's president to slash a key food subsidy threatens to hit the poor, stoke inflation and spark a popular revolt against his government.

Ex-Zambian leader Banda arrested again

2013-04-15 14:44

Embattled ex-Zambian president Rupiah Banda has been arrested and slapped with fresh graft charges linked to the acquisition of nine trucks for his 2011 re-election campaign, investigators say.

Banda blocked from flying to Kenya

2013-04-09 14:31

Zambian authorities have stopped ex-president Rupiah Banda from leaving the country to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Kenya’s new president, an aide and his lawyer says.

Ex-Zambia leader trial delayed

2013-04-03 16:24

A Zambian court has delayed the highly-charged corruption trial of ex-president Rupiah Banda, a case he says is politically motivated.

Zambia's ex-president pleads not guilty

2013-03-26 12:57

Zambia's ex-president Rupiah Banda has pleaded not guilty to a charge of abuse of power linked to an oil contract signed while he was in office.

Investigators quiz Rupiah Banda

2013-03-18 16:06

Zambia's former president Rupiah Banda has appeared before government investigators for questioning, just days after parliament voted to strip his immunity from prosecution.

Zambia's Banda stripped of immunity

2013-03-15 22:10

Zambia's parliament has voted to strip ex-leader Rupiah Banda of his presidential immunity, a move critics say is politically motivated.


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.

Zambia revokes mining chief's work permit

2013-11-11 22:07

Zambia has revoked the work permit of the chief executive of Konkola Copper Mines, after the firm ignored the government's order not to cut jobs.

Sata 'makes U-turn on maize deal with Mugabe'

2013-10-25 13:09

Zambia has reportedly made a U-turn on its initial agreement to supply Zimbabwe with maize grain on credit, a move likely to see most Zimbabweans go hungry.

Zambian court delays separatists' treason trial

2013-10-03 08:53

The trial of more than 70 Zambian separatists on charges of treason has been postponed after the accused failed to show up in court, a report says.

Zambian head dismisses claims of 'one-party state'

2013-09-20 22:10

President Michael Sata has dismissed growing opposition concerns that he wants to turn Zambia into a single-party state, amid accusations of a crackdown on his political opponents.

Zim to head African tourism commission

2013-08-26 07:37

The UN world tourism body says it has chosen Zimbabwe to lead its Commission for Africa, the continent-wide group for tourism development for the next two years.

Banda barred from leaving Zambia, again

2013-06-07 11:48

Zambian immigration authorities have blocked former president Rupiah Banda from leaving the country for the third time in nearly two months.

Zambia arrests 31 food subsidy protesters

2013-05-18 20:36

Zambia police have detained on the president's orders at least 31 university students who were protesting against the government's decision to scrap staple food subsidies.

South Africans 'are backward'

2013-05-02 10:53

Zambian Vice President Guy Scott says South Africa is backward in terms of development, despite the country being Africa's biggest economy, according to a report.

Zambia drops charges against Hichilema

2013-04-09 20:08

Zambian prosecutors dropped defamation charges against opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema ending a highly charged and politically tinged case.

Zambia grills ex-leader over land deal

2013-04-04 21:05

Zambian officials have stepped up their investigation into ex-president Rupiah Banda's business dealings, questioning him about a Lusaka land deal.

Ex-Zambian leader Banda set to go on trial

2013-04-03 07:48

Zambia's ex-president Rupiah Banda is set to go on trial charged with abusing his power over a Nigerian deal that he struck while in office.

Zambia’s ex-president Banda arrested

2013-03-25 13:48

Zambia has arrested former president Rupiah Banda for abuse of authority over a Nigerian oil deal, a spokesperson for the government’s investigative team says.

Investigators summon Zambia's Banda

2013-03-16 19:00

Zambian investigators say they have summoned former president Rupiah Banda to appear for questioning, less than 24 hours after parliament voted to strip his immunity.

Zambia ex-president fights for immunity

2013-03-15 08:54

Zambia's ex-president Rupiah Banda has asked the country's High Court to stop parliament from considering a motion to strip his immunity.

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