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Zambian President Lungu a champion of commuting death penalties – justice minister

JOHANNESBURG, November 29 – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has commuted more death penalties to life imprisonment than any other serving president, Justice Minister Given Lubinda has said. Lubinda said this decision not to sign death penalties has earned Lusaka a reputation internationally as an abolitionist country with regards to the death penalty, the Lusaka Times […]

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China lending to sub-Saharan Africa can support growth, but brings risks – Moody’s

JOHANNESBURG, November 15 – China’s increased lending to governments in sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to support economic growth, but also amplifies credit risks for countries with high debt, ratings agency Moody’s has said. “Unless African investment financed by Chinese loans generates substantial economic gains that boost debt servicing capacity of sub-Saharan African governments, the credit […]

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Zambian authorities say opposition leader to be locked up for good

JOHANNESBURG, November 7  – The Zambian police have announced that they intend to arrest opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader, Hakainde Hichilema, in the next few weeks on the grounds that he caused riots in the Copperbelt region. Inspector general of police, Kakoma Kanganja, made the announcement on Tuesday, explaining that police investigations […]

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Zambians are the latest Africans to chafe at China’s presence

JOHANNESBURG, October 5 – When the state-owned Times of Zambia recently published its leading story in Mandarin, it stoked simmering anger over perceptions that President Edgar Lungu’s government is gradually surrendering the country’s sovereignty to China. The Asian powerhouse has long fended off accusations that it is undertaking a covert “second colonisation” of Africa, following […]