Former Zambian diplomat Emmanuel Mwamba has demanded answers from the country's foreign ministry, The Lusaka Times website reports.
"It is surprising that these embassies chose to fly these flags at their premises without due regard to the law and cultural sensitivity of Zambians and Zambia on the matter,” he is quoted as saying.
In December 2019, the US recalled its ambassador to Zambia over a diplomatic row after he had criticised the imprisonment of a gay couple.
The Zambian government had accused the ambassador of trying to dictate policy.
Zambian peacekeeper adopts baby from CAR
BBC News, Lusaka
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Zambian army Captain Mwila Chansa has spoken of her battle to adopt a baby she first met while on deployment as a UN peacekeeper in the Central African Republic.
The baby girl's mother was pregnant with twins, but developed a complication and died after giving birth to the first baby in November 2020. The second child died before birth.
Captain Chansa visited Birao, near the border with Sudan and Chad, in March 2021 when she heard the story of the baby - who was by then under the care of a nurse in the Zambian camp.
She made a decision to adopt it, but the bureaucracy turned into a long and laborious process in navigating the country’s Islamic law.
"I went to Google, trying to look up how to adopt a child from CAR. All the information was about USAid and how easy it is for Americans generally to adopt children. But there was nothing in regards to a Zambian adopting a child there," she told the BBC.
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The captain said her "deep conviction" saw her "fight tooth and nail" to "engage the powers that be until the baby was here [Zambia's capital, Lusaka]".
"It just reminds me so much of the story of the biblical Moses,” she said.
“Adopting a child is like falling in love. You see so many men or so many women but you only choose one."
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema heralded Captain Chansa for demonstrating humanity in her work.
The presidential approval invited more attention.
“I woke up, my phone was buzzing. I was wondering what was going on?” she said.
She has big ambitions for her baby daughter who she named Thabo.
“I would wish for her to be the president of the Central African Republic. I say that without flinching,” she said.
Macky 2: I want to quit with people still clapping
It is not often we hear an African giant tell
us it is time he stepped down to make way for new talent, let alone that he
plans to dedicate himself to promoting the next generation. But that is
exactly what Zambia’s Macky 2 told me when I caught up with him for This Is
Macky 2 is, by his own estimation, Zambia’s
biggest artist, and, some claim, he is the country’s richest. (He tells me he
doesn’t have access to others’ bank accounts, so has no idea if this is true,
but confirms he is comfortable.)
His first big hit was back in 2011, and he won
album of the year and song of the year at the Zambian Music Awards in 2013 and
In 2014 he caught the attention of the TV
viewing public across Africa, when he made it to the last three in the ninth
and final series of Big Brother Africa.
Since then he has been trying to capitalise on
the fame he gained to push his music internationally, but it has been a
“Back home I can record a song and I know
people on radio and TV, people know me, so it’s on radio and the next week it’s
on the charts - but internationally it is much more complicated than that.”
One thing Macky 2 came to realise was that
those African countries whose music has a lot of success around the continent,
start from a very strong fan base at home.
“I think Nigerian music and South African music
and Tanzanian music - all this music is big because the people from where the
music was made really support it.”
This hasn’t always been the case in Zambia.
“Zambian music of course has grown in the last 10 to 15
years. People in neighbouring countries like Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe
listen to our music quite a lot.
“But I think one of the problems we had in the
past was a certain inferiority complex. We appreciated what was foreign more
than our own things.
“But now I see this changing. Every show that I
go to is sold out. So in terms of the love we have here, it’s great.
"Last year I did a song with Aka. It was my
first big international collaboration and I felt like this is the right time - because I have the backing of my people now more than ever and I knew that if
the song goes on Trace or Channel O, I already have people who are going to
request for the song and support it - and that’s what you need.”
So what’s all this about quitting music?
“I’m working on my last album. I hope one day
I’ll be able to come back and look at this and say why was I even thinking of
“But for now that’s where I’m at. I feel like a
great artist needs to know when to leave the stage. I think it’s always great
when you leave the stage while people are still clapping, and I feel as artists
we should learn to pass the torch to the next person, to be ready to let others
lead. I’ll be in the background.
“I’ve always had a label that promotes young, emerging artists and that’s really what I want to focus on now.
“We need more people who understand how the
business works, who can help these artists move from zero to a hundred real
quick, without having to go through what we went through.”
I wonder if any African presidents are reading
this? Hope so!
Zambian faces Russian jail for twerking at war memorial
foreign ministry has confirmed that a 21-year-old Zambian student was arrested
last Sunday in Russia for twerking at a World War Two memorial in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk.
Tionge Ziba, a
first-year student at Khanty-Mansiysk's Yugra State University, has
been released from custody on bail but her case has been passed on to the city’s
prosecutor, the ministry says.
The video of
her dancing on the Eternal Flame war memorial was filmed on 14 April, the
Ms Ziba then reportedly posted
the video to Instagram two days later with the caption: “Shaking… for the dead,
sure they are sleeping well tonight”, which court documents given to Zambia’s embassy
in Moscow describe as an “offensive caption allegedly joking about Nazism”.
“I want to apologise to
everyone for the video I posted on 16 April,” she says in English.
“I posted a video of me
dancing on this monument and I didn’t intend it to be offensive - or disrespectful
to those who died.
“I’m very, very sorry to
everyone. I hope I’m understood and forgiven.”
Zambia’s foreign ministry
says its embassy has been told that the police will investigate the case over
the next three months and “the exercise will be conducted in a humane manner to
avoid interference with Ms Ziba’s academic calendar”.
New book explores hidden life of Lusaka street children
A lot of street children living in Zambia's capital Lusaka have family and often start off on the streets as "part-timers", a new book on the topic by American anthropologist Chris Lockhart says.
"Sometimes they spend their days on the street but their
nights back at home", he told the BBC's Newsday programme. But they are sometimes sent to the streets by their parents due to rampant poverty.
have to pull them out of schools and have them work on the streets", Mr Lockhart said.
The plan is usually for the children to re-enter education, but in many cases this never happens, he continued.
"They steal, they beg, they sell glue and other drugs, they get
connected in with gangs who are into petty theft and other things like that,
some informal work does take place."
His new book, titled Walking the Bowl, took five years to write and was compiled through researchers who embedded themselves into Lusaka street culture.
It is difficult to estimate how many street children there are in Africa, but many of them are at risk of becoming victims of violence and "turn up dead and murdered almost everyday", Mr Lockhart explained.
His book was co-authored alongside former Zambian street child and social worker, Daniel Mulilo Chama.
Zambians urge BlackRock to ease up on debt repayments
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Civil society organisations in Zambia have called on the US investment firm BlackRock to delay or cancel debt interest payments, warning that government spending is being severely affected.
Campaigners say Zambia has had to cut its education, health and social care budgets as it tries to service $13bn (£10bn) worth of external debt.
Almost half is owed to private lenders. The country has been struggling financially for several years.
It became the first in Africa to default during the coronavirus pandemic.
BlackRock refused to suspend debt interest payments in 2021. The International Monetary Fund has provisionally agreed to give Zambia more than $1bn in credit over the next three years.
Zambia defends importing power poles amid backlash
Zambia's energy minister says the country will go ahead with plans to import electrical poles despite a call for them to be sourced locally.
Many had felt the government should fulfil its pre-election promise to help local entrepreneurs and farmers by procuring the treated wooden poles at home.
But Energy Minister Peter Chibwe said it was more "prudent" to procure the poles at factory costs from abroad.
His statement added that importing the poles would lead to a "serious reduction in cutting down of trees for making charcoal and hence the slowing down of deforestation in Zambia at a time we are facing effects of climate change".
Mr Chibwe said the poles would help clear 60,000 pending connections through the better distribution of power.
Other items to be imported include insulators, earthing materials, transformers and cables.
Zambian football medic dies after Nigeria-Ghana game
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One of Zambia’s celebrated medical doctors has
died after the Nigeria versus Ghana World
Cup qualifying game on Tuesday night, when Nigerian fans started attacking players and staff on the field and caused a stampede.
It is not clear how Dr Joseph Kabungo died -
there are some reports that he suffered a heart attack.
He was one of the medical personnel for the match in Abuja as
Nigeria drew with their with their arch-rivals 1-1, leading to Ghana qualifying on the away
Ugly scenes then ensued as angry Super Eagles fans peppered players with water bottles thrown from the stands as they left the pitch, with
police reportedly using teargas to disperse the crowd.
authorities have yet to comment publicly on the incident.
The medic was a permanent fixture at major footballing events, including the most recent Fifa Arab Cup in Qatar and the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
His unexpected death has left Zambia's footballing fraternity in mourning.
“We extend our sincere condolences to Dr Kabungo’s family and the football family at large,” Zambia FA president Andrew Kamanga said in a statement confirming the death.
Zambian football legend Kalusha Bwalya, who was close friends with Mr Kabungo was in shock, telling the BBC he couldn't believe the news.
Dr Kabungo was the national team medic when the southern African country lifted their
historic Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 2012.
He was also part of the Fifa and Confederation of
African Football (Caf) medical committees at the time of his death.
Hotel and helicopters seized from ex-Zambia minister
Former Zambia's Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji has been arrested for alleged money-laundering activities.
The authorities said Mr Malanji was arrested for owning a hotel suspected to be bought by proceeds of crime.
He is also suspected to have procured a helicopter $700,000 (£530,000) from proceeds of crime.
Mr Malanji has previously denied the allegations.
He was arrested by the anti-money laundering unit of Zambia’s Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), becoming the second ex-minister to be arrested in a week after former justice minister Given Lubinda who was charged on Tuesday.
“The hotel has since been seized together with the two helicopters, the other one being the helicopter he was arrested for earlier which are currently in South Africa and arrangements are being made to have them brought into the country,” the commission's spokesman Mathias Kamanga said in a statement.
Mr Malanji has been released on police bond, according to the local Diamond TV.
He served in the cabinet of former President Edgar Lungu, who lost the presidential election in August 2021.
Zambia’s new government is pursuing an anti-corruption drive after winning elections last year. It is yet to secure any major convictions.
Zambian ex-justice minister charged with corruption
BBC News, Lusaka
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Zambia has
charged and arrested the country’s former justice minister for allegedly being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be the proceeds of crime.
Given Lubinda appeared for questioning on Monday at the
ACC offices in the capital, Lusaka, where he was formally arrested before being released on
His lawyer, Jonas Zimba, confirmed Mr Lubinda had been charged
for allegedly owning a house in Lusaka’s upmarket Kingsland City and having four different bank accounts.
On Tuesday, Mr Lubinda denied the charges at a press
briefing, labelling his interrogation as hypocritical.
He also downplayed events, saying there
was nothing new in the allegations as he had previously been summoned to answer
He said he was happy the charges were proceeding to court
so that he could prove his innocence.
Though Zambia’s new government is pursuing an
anti-corruption drive after winning elections last year, it is yet
to secure any major convictions.
Zambia's power firm halts plan to buy luxury cars
Zambia's state-run power firm Zesco has suspended plans to buy luxury cars following outrage over their cost.
Zesco had invited bids to supply 25 vehicles, most of them Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs.
A local paper estimates that could have cost the cash-strapped power company about $1.7m (£1.2m).
The Lusaka Times website reports that the cars were meant for the company's newly appointed board of directors who are entitled to a vehicle of their choice.
From elephants and wildebeest to Victoria Falls, the largest curtain of water on earth. This is the story of the Zambezi, Africa’s wildest river.
Former Zambian President Banda dies at 85
Rupiah Banda, who was Zambia's president from 2008 to 2011, has died at the age of 85 after suffering from colon cancer.
"His life of service to our country, and to our continent, represents the highest form of patriotism," President Hakainde Hichilema said.
Mr Banda, a former diplomat, was serving as vice-president when, in 2008, President Levy Mwanawasa suffered a stroke and later died. He then took office, becoming the country's fourth president, and won the subsequent election.
But he stepped down in 2011 after losing that year's poll to Michael Sata. Mr Banda was widely praised at the time for accepting defeat, rather than challenging the result.
His time in office was dogged by corruption allegations and in 2013 he was arrested after being accused of stealing millions of dollars.
He denied the accusations, describing them as being part of a witch hunt, and was never convicted.
Why do internet shut downs often happen during elections and what is the impact on democracy?
One of the marching doctors, Wallace Ndumba, told privately-owned Diamond television that medics will no longer offer free service as volunteers because of unfulfilled promises to give them paid employment.
More 800 doctors are unemployed in the country and they are hoping to be employed in the forthcoming recruitment round of health personnel.
Recently, Zambia's Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo said the recruitment of 11,200 medics will begin in March.
Zambian artist behind Pope's gift says it is humbling
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Zambian sculptor and art teacher Sydney Siansangu says it is
humbling that his art pieces have made it to the Vatican.
Mr Siansangu is making headlines in Zambia after two of his sculptures were
given to Pope Francis at the Vatican as presents by President Hakainde Hichilema
"First and foremost, I am humbled and greatly appreciative especially for the
publicity. It's a normal feeling because my works are in many high-profile
places," he told the BBC.
The pieces are part of his latest serious dubbed "Our Legacy".
"For example, my name may have already been known probably with The Vatican because
of some commissioned work at the headquarters of all Jesuits in Africa and
Madagascar. Others include late Magufuli [Tanzania's former president], President of Botswana, King of
Morocco, King of United Arab Emirates. So the feeling is normal except that
this has wide publicity," he said.
One of the pieces presented to the Pope was made from various tree species, copper wire and grey marble.
The sculpture has a traditional musical horn, an abstracted musical drum, shakers and rattles. The fusion of the musical instruments nods to Zambian cultural rites, and produces a harmonious and melodious sound.
"[The] musical horn can be played to gather people for a specific meeting and so is a drum. In most cases, shakers and rattles are played as accompanying instruments to provide some simple yet sharp sounds.
"Copper wire as usual in my works is a symbol of identity that also plays a key role to enhance aesthetics," he added.
Zambian newspaper's liquidation declared illegal
BBC News, Lusaka
The Supreme Court in Zambia has declared the liquidation of
the influential privately owned newspaper, The Post, illegal.
In a move that was widely viewed to have been political, the newspaper was liquidated in 2016 for alleged failure to pay its
debts and taxes - something the publication always disputed.
The Patriotic Front (PF) was in power at the time.
In a landmark ruling on Thursday in Lusaka, the
Supreme Court labelled the liquidation process a “faux”.
Chief Justice Mumba Malila, who headed the panel of judges, ordered the process to be re-started in compliance with the
The Supreme Court also ordered the newspaper’s
liquidator Lewis Mosho to be part of to the new proceedings and be made to account, even though he may have finished selling the assets of the defunct
“We note that much time has passed since the purported
liquidation. We do not believe, however, that such passage of the time has
sanitised the wrongful manner in which the liquidation was conducted,” the stinging 55-page judgement said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we hold that the actions of the
liquidator - prior to and post the purported liquidation of the Post Newspaper - are of no legal effect whatsoever," it added.
The newspaper was critical of the PF and then-President Edgar Lungu, who lost power to opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema in elections last year.
Many Zambians on social media have celebrated the judgement.