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 ex-president's son arrested

2013-07-26 08:08

The son of Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda has been arrested on charges of defaming his father’s successor, his lawyer says.

Zambian ex-president's case delayed

2013-04-17 19:31

A Zambian court has delayed the trial of ex-leader Rupiah Banda, who is accused of skimming cash from a Nigerian oil deal.

Banda wins right to challenge ruling

2013-04-12 21:55

A Zambian high court judge has granted ex-president Rupiah Banda the right to challenge parliament's decision to remove his immunity, the first victory in a politically-tinged legal battle.

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.

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.

Calls for lifting Banda's immunity

2013-02-16 11:33

Watchdog Transparency International Zambia says it supports calls for lifting the immunity of the country's former president Rupiah Banda so that he can answer corruption charges.

Ex-Zambian leader 'seeking asylum in SA'

2013-02-15 07:39

Zambian President Michael Sata says his predecessor Rupiah Banda is in SA to seek asylum, adding that the ex-leader is avoiding answering charges of "crimes" committed while he was in office.

Banda won't answer graft changes – lawyer

2013-02-06 10:07

Zambia's ex-president Rupiah Banda will not appear before a government anti-graft panel which has summoned him to answer corruption charges, because he has immunity, his lawyer says.

Arrest me again, Hichilema tells Sata

2013-01-28 07:40

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has challenged President Michael Sata to arrest him again as his party held the first opposition rally allowed by authorities since Sata’s election in 2011.

Banda's son seeks return to India

2012-07-19 17:44

The son of Zambian former president Rupiah Banda, who has been charged with corruption in a construction deal has asked a court to return his passport to allow him to travel abroad.

Opposition parties warn donors over Sata

2012-06-06 13:51

Zambian opposition parties have accused President Michael Sata’s government of nepotism and abusing the courts in an open letter sent to foreign donors.

Zambian opposition 'disgusted' with Sata

2012-05-11 15:30

Zambian opposition parties say they are "disgusted" with President Michael Sata for accusing Western diplomats of meddling after their meeting with an EU envoy.

Zambia: Banda slams dissolution of his party

2012-03-15 17:32

Zambian ex-president Rupiah Banda says the dissolution of his former ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy was a mistake that had taken away the freedom of the people.

Zambia celebrates as team wins AFCON

2012-02-13 07:44

Zambians poured out of their houses, clubs and bars to celebrate in the streets after watching their team beat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the African Cup finals.

Zambian ex-leader to monitor DRC poll

2011-11-25 07:42

Former Zambian president Rupiah Banda has tapped to lead a mission to observe the upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls in the DRC.

Zambian president purges public service

2011-10-06 17:21

After just two weeks in office, Zambia's president has replaced the country's police chief, top anti-corruption official, central bank governor, state utility CEO and scores of lower-ranking public servants.

Zambia's Sata finally gets his crown

2011-09-23 14:12

Zambia’s newly elected president Michael Sata has been a policeman, car assembly worker, trade unionist and platform sweeper. Now he can add the job of president.

Sata declared Zambia’s next president

2011-09-23 07:25

Michael Sata, the populist leader of Zambia’s opposition, has been declared the country’s next president after a tense election marred by outbursts of violence that left two people dead.

Sata leads as vote count continues

2011-09-22 15:08

A challenger who has lost three previous presidential polls is taking a comfortable lead after votes from more than half Zambia’s constituencies have been tallied.

Zambia court bars poll results in media

2011-09-22 12:31

Zambia’s high court has issued an injunction blocking independent media from publishing results of the country’s elections before they are officially released by the national electoral commission.


Zambia ex-leader pleads not guilty to graft

2013-11-05 15:00

Zambia's embattled ex-president Rupiah Banda has pleaded not guilty to charges of illicitly receiving election campaign vehicles from a Chinese-linked construction firm.

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.

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.

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.

Zambian ex-leader's graft case delayed

2013-04-05 22:11

The start of a highly-charged trial of Zambia's ex-president Rupiah Banda on corruption charges has again been delayed, after his lawyers questioned the jurisdiction of the court.

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 MPs take on ex-president

2013-03-14 22:40

Zambian lawmakers loyal to President Michael Sata will attempt to strip his predecessor of presidential immunity.

Banda denies plan to seek asylum in SA

2013-02-15 20:06

Zambia's former president Rupiah Banda will not seek political asylum in SA, his spokesperson says, as a fight between the government and opposition heats up.

Zambia's probe of ex-leader 'a political ploy'

2013-02-07 09:06

A bid by Zambia's government to bring ex-president Rupiah Banda before an anti-corruption panel is a ploy to divert attention from the government’s own failings, Banda’s lawyer claims.

Zambia ex-leader to answer graft charges

2013-02-05 13:10

A Zambian government anti-graft panel has summoned former president Rupiah Banda to answer corruption charges, a report says.

Graft: Ex-Zambian minister denies charges

2012-07-26 16:46

Zambia's former labour minister Austin Liato, in court after being arrested this week on corruption charges, has denied that he used his office to divert public resources to his private farm.

Zambian court overturns dissolution of MMD

2012-06-26 14:12

A Zambian High Court has overturned the dissolution of the former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy over unpaid registration fees dating back to 1993.

Zambia court halts probe into judges

2012-05-18 07:56

Zambia's High Court has suspended a special tribunal set up by the president to probe three judges he claims acted unprofessionally in the case involving a $2.7m loan to a local airline.

Zambia's former ruling party wins reprieve

2012-03-17 07:28

Zambia's former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy has won a temporary reprieve after a high court ruled that its dissolution could only be determined by a court.

Sata 'violation Zambian constitution'

2012-02-23 07:47

Opposition lawmakers in Zambia have walked out of parliament, saying President Michael Sata and his government have been violating the constitution.

Observers call for patience in DRC vote

2011-11-30 15:04

Vote observers have called for patience after opposition demands for the DRC’s elections to be annulled, saying it is too early to rule whether the vote was credible despite election-day chaos.

Zambian media chiefs fired

2011-10-22 13:05

Zambia's minister of information has fired three media chiefs perceived to be loyal to former president Rupiah Banda's administration.

Zambia polls: The timeline

2011-09-23 14:53

Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata has secured an upset presidential victory, defeating incumbent Rupiah Banda. Here is a timeline...

Zambia: Tearful Banda concedes defeat

2011-09-23 11:32

Wiping away a tear, Zambian president Rupiah Banda has conceded electoral defeat to opposition leader Michael Sata and urged his supporters to accept the result peacefully.

Two killed in Zambian vote riots

2011-09-22 20:51

Two people were killed in riots that erupted in Zambia's crucial copper-mining region, as anger boiled over at the slow pace of the vote count in this week's neck-and-neck presidential election.

New riots in Zambian vote

2011-09-22 14:06

Riots have erupted in two Zambian mining towns over the slow pace of results from this week’s polls, as EU observers accuse the ruling party of abusing state resources in the campaign.

Hackers hit Zambia poll website

2011-09-22 11:18

Hackers have attacked Zambia’s election commission website, posting a string of false results showing opposition leader Michael Sata in the lead and causing delays to the release of the official tally.

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