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Sata keeps lead in Zambia election

Opposition leader Michael Sata was still leading on Saturday in Zambia's polls, but acting President Rupiah Banda appeared to be narrowing the gap.

Opposition’s Sata ahead in Zambia presidential vote

Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata has drawn ahead of acting President Rupiah Banda in the presidential election.

Africa bank to fund $1,2bn Zambian oil imports

Zambia and the Pan-African PTA Bank have agreed a ,2-billion deal to import 1,5-million tonnes of crude oil over two years.

Zambia opposition leader warms to Chinese investment

Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata says he will welcome Chinese investors in the country's mining industry if he is elected president.

Zambia starts process to replace Mwanawasa

Zambia will prevent officials accused of corruption from contesting elections as the country starts to find a successor for President Levy Mwanawasa.

Thousands mourn President Mwanawasa in Zambia

Thousands of Zambians mourned President Levy Mwanawasa on Saturday when his body was returned home after he died in France five days ago.

Zambia ends oil-financing talks with Standard Bank

Zambia has ended talks with a unit of Standard Bank after failing to agree conditions for a ,2-billion oil-financing deal, Energy Minister Kenneth Konga said on Monday. Konga said negotiations with Stanbic Bank Zambia, a subsidiary of Standard Bank, had ended and the government would soon start talks with another bank.

Zambian army mobilised to help in flood crisis

Zambia has mobilised its army to clear drainage systems in major cities amid fears torrential rains and flooding may lead to outbreaks of cholera and other deadly diseases, a government official said on Wednesday. Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been lashed by heavy rains for several weeks.

Zambia power cut hits copper output, miners trapped

A nationwide power blackout in Zambia cut copper and cobalt production at some mines, damaging mining equipment and temporarily trapping hundreds of miners underground. State media reported nearly 300 miners on night shifts at units of KCM and Mopani Copper Mines were temporarily trapped in shafts for hours.

Zambia declares flood disaster, rains lash region

Zambia has declared a national disaster after floods swept through the Southern African nation and several neighbouring countries, killing at least 45 people and destroying roads, bridges, crops and livestock. ''This is a national disaster and it requires concerted efforts of all of us to solve,'' Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa said late on Thursday.

Floods cause havoc in Southern Africa

Floods in Southern Africa have displaced thousands of people, drowned livestock and put large numbers of children at risk from serious disease, officials said on Tuesday. About 1,5-million Zambians may have to flee their homes.

Zambia telecoms ups spending on cable

Zambia's state telephone utility will spend about -million to lay a fibre-optic network and to lift its cellphone subscription to one million customers by June 2008, its managing director said. Simon Tembo said Cell-Z, a subsidiary of the state-owned Zamtel, hoped to increase its cellphone subscriber base from the current 300 000.

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