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Zambia leader warns opposition of treason charges

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has warned the opposition and civic groups that they will face treason charges if they reject his government's plans to amend the Constitution, state media reported on Wednesday. ''President Mwanawasa says people daring his government over the National Constitution Conference (NCC) will be arrested for treason,'' ZNBC radio said.

Zim neighbours, awed by history, tread softly

Zambian Finance Minister Ng'andu Magande thinks there may be only one way to influence defiant Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe -- enlist the help of liberation giants like Nelson Mandela. Magande's comments were tacit recognition that Southern African Development Community leaders failed during their meeting last week.

Zim rejects reform at regional summit

Zimbabwe on Thursday rejected the need for political reform in the Southern African nation at a summit of regional leaders that is meant to find ways to ease the country's political and economic crisis. Southern African Development Community leaders met to consider the crisis in Zimbabwe but the prospects for progress looked slim.

Report: Mugabe nears deal with opposition

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is nearing a deal with the opposition to end a political crisis in his country after South Africa tried to broker an agreement, a document obtained by Reuters on Wednesday indicated. A confidential report due to be presented to leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community says ''progress'' has been made in talks.

Zambia bans Aids drug, may seek compensation

Zambia has banned the use of an imported HIV/Aids drug that was recently recalled in Europe due to contamination and might seek compensation from the company that manufactures it. Viracept was withdrawn in Europe after drugmaker Roche Holding AG said it had identified a chemical impurity in the product.

Ailing Zambia ex-president seeks treatment in SA

Zambian doctors have ordered the ailing ex-president Frederick Chiluba sent to South Africa for treatment after his heart condition deteriorated, a Chiluba spokesperson said on Tuesday. Emmanuel Mwamba said Chiluba would be flown to South Africa after local doctors said he needed immediate specialist treatment.

Zambia starts mass demolition of illegal houses

Zambia has started mass demolition of illegal houses in the capital, Lusaka, in a move to end corruption in the distribution of land plots, a police spokesperson said on Saturday. Bonny Kapeso said police moved in to raze houses in an exercise that started late on Friday night and ended in the early hours of Saturday.

Mwanawasa wins presidential race

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa won a second term in office in an election his challenger Michael Sata accused him of rigging, official results showed on Monday. The Electoral Commission of Zambia announced the final results after Sata conceded defeat but accused Mwanawasa of stealing victory.

Zambia opposition concedes election defeat

Zambian opposition challenger Michael Sata conceded defeat on Monday as official results in the country's tightly fought presidential election gave incumbent Levy Mwanawasa an unassailable lead. But he said Mwanawasa had ''stolen victory'' and urged his supporters who staged violent protests on Sunday to remain calm. Sata said he expected his tally to be at most 900 000 votes.

Police deploy as Zambian opposition cries foul

Zambia deployed armed police in the capital Lusaka on Sunday after President Levy Mwanawasa overtook his opponent's early lead in the election count, prompting allegations of ballot rigging. Members of an elite paramilitary unit patrolled the main business district while others took up positions at the privately owned Post newspaper.

Zambia challenger praises Mugabe

Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata praised the policies of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe on Thursday as he voted in a close-fought election in which he threatens to dislodge the internationally respected president. Sata, a fiery populist who has exploited popular discontent with government economic policies, has mounted a dangerous challenge to incumbent Levy Mwanawasa in Thursday's poll.

Kaunda’s shadow looms over Zambia election

Zambia's Kenneth Kaunda, a liberation hero who ruled for decades, is supposed to be living in quiet retirement -- offering a good, if somewhat rare, example of an African president fading gently into the twilight. But as Zambia gears up for presidential polls on September 28, the 82-year-old has emerged as an unexpected powerbroker in the Southern African country

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