February 13, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Zambian High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo on Thursday ordered a stay of the arrest warrant against chief prosecutor Mutembo Nchito after a lower court issued the warrant on claims of corruption. The High Court judge held that the lower court had no authority to hear the case and released the ...[read more]
January 25, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Zambia's new president, Defense and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu, was sworn on Sunday after he was declared the winner of the presidential poll Saturday night. Lungu was a candidate for the Patriotic Front, the ruling party in Zambia. The elections were called after the the death of President ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking ...[read more]
March 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Zambian authorities on Monday arrested former president Rupiah Banda on allegations that he misappropriated over USD $11 million during his three-year tenure in office. Banda allegedly channelled money from the sale of Nigerian crude oil into a private account instead of the nation's treasury. The ...[read more]
June 26, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
A Zambian court on Tuesday rejected the application for the de-registration of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party which had held power for the past 20 years until September of last year. Lusaka High Court Judge Jane Kabuka reasoned that the application filed by the registrar of ...[read more]
November 4, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Chinese copper mining companies in Zambia routinely violate national and international labor standards, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The report describes poor health and safety standards, regular 12-hour and 18-hour work shifts, and anti-union activity. Workers also reportedly face ...[read more]
August 9, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Zambian court on Tuesday ruled that President Rupiah Banda can run for re-election. The country's opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), had alleged that Banda's father was born in Malawi, a factor that would prohibit Banda from running for office pursuant to the Zambian Constitution. A pr... ...[read more]
December 7, 2010
by Andrea Bottorff
Zambia's Supreme Court on Monday acquitted Regina Chiluba, the wife of former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba, of charges that she accepted stolen property during the years of her husband's administration. The court overruled a previous decision from March that sentenced her to three-and-a- ...[read more]
September 7, 2010
by Sarah Miley
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Zambian government to investigate the inhumane treatment of prisoners in the nation's jails and to hold those implicated accountable. HRW claims that Zambian police officials "routinely engage" in abusing and torturing prisoners in order to extract ...[read more]
August 17, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba was acquitted Monday of charges stealing money from the country's treasury while in office from 1991-2001. Chiluba and two Zambian businessmen, Faustin Kabwe and Aaron Chungu, faced a total of 12 counts of theft of public funds for their alleged ...[read more]

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