The steep fall in copper prices and electricity shortages are hammering the kwacha.
In this country of cyclists necessity, talent and pure grit leave sleek gear in the dust.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu collapsed on the podium while presiding over a Women's Day celebration in Lusaka over the weekend.
Following the death of President Michael Sata in October, the ruling Patriotic Front candidate Edgar Lungu has received 48.3% of the vote.
The Patriotic Front has taken a small lead over the opposition United Party for National Development, with 80 of the 150 constituencies counted.
Opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema said some remote parts of the country had not received ballot papers halfway through the polling day.
Zambia's copper industry has been at the heart of campaigning for Tuesday's presidential election and poses a big headache for the next leader.
Zambia's ex-president Rupiah Banda has joined the opposition Patriotic Front party after failing to win his party's backing.
Mulenga, son of late Zambian president Michael Sata, has withdrawn his candidature for presidency of the Patriotic Front.
Zambia's high court is to decide on issuing a licence for a copper mine in a game reserve bordering Zimbabwe's Mana Pools world heritage site.
It's a family affair - Christine Kaseba, widow of former Zambian president Michael Sata, joins three other family members in a race for the top job.
African leaders joined thousands of Zambians as they bid farewell to late president Michael Sata on Tuesday.
Sean Christie recalls a 2011 interview with new Zambian Interim President Guy Scott, a self-proclaimed do-gooder.
In a move to defuse anger in Zambia, acting president Guy Scott reversed his decision to remove Edgar Lungu as head of the ruling party.
Following the dismissal of Edgar Lungu as chief of the ruling party, protesters took to the streets to express anger at acting president Guy Scott.
The story is not that Zambia now has a white acting president, the real and tragic story is why do Zambian presidents choose to die abroad?
Zambia's vice-president will lead the country after the death of Michael Sata until presidential elections are held, in line with the Constitution.
The Zambian president has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, according to reports.
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