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Zambia's power firm to commence construction of first plant next year

Zambia's power firm to commence construction of first plant next year LUSAKA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A Zambian electricity company that supplies power to the mining industry says it intends to start construction of its first-ever power plant next year once it finalizes financing agreements with banks, a senior official said on Thursday.

Zambian minister dies after suffering heart attack

Zambian minister dies after suffering heart attack LUSAKA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- A Zambian minister has died in a South African hospital after suffering a heart attack, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Patrick Chikusu, who was Deputy Minister of Health, died on Monday night at Milpark Hospital in South Africa where he was rushed after suffering a heart attack, according to Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya.

Zambia's November inflation edges up to 7 pct

Zambia's November inflation edges up to 7 pct LUSAKA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Zambia's inflation rate in November went up 0.1 percent to 7.0 percent from that of the previous month, the southern African country's Central Statistical Office said on Thursday. "So we have seen a marginal increase in the inflation rate for November compared to October. So this means that on average prices increase by 7.0 percent," John Kalumbi, the head of the country's central statistics bureau told journalists during a monthly media briefing.

Insight: Road builder Sata enthuses Zambians but unnerves foreign investors

By Ed Stoddard and Chris Mfula KATOBA, Zambia (Reuters) - John Moyo is at the end of the road. At least now it's paved. "I never imagined a paved road coming to my village," said the spry and bespectacled 82-year-old Zambian as he sat in the shade of a tree. About 42 km (26 miles) of freshly tarred road, replacing a gravel one, end exactly at his homestead.

Zambia revokes mining boss work permit over job cuts

Zambia has revoked the work permit of the chief executive of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), after the firm ignored the government's order not to cut jobs, an official said on Monday. "I can confirm that Kishore Kumar's work permit has been revoked and he can't be allowed to work in Zambia," said government spokesman Mwansa Kapeya. He said a decision to terminate the executive's permit was taken on Sunday. Konkola Copper Mines is the subsidiary of Vedanta Resources of India.

Zambia ex-president pleads not guilty to graft

Zambia's embattled ex-president Rupiah Banda pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of illicitly receiving election campaign vehicles from a Chinese-linked construction firm. Banda, who ruled Zambia between 2008 and 2011, is accused of receiving 10 trucks from the local subsidiaries of China's Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group. "I understand the charge your honour and I plead not guilty," Banda said after the magistrate read the charge.

84 Zambian separatists in court for treason

Dozens of Zambian separatists appeared in court Friday on charges of treason for trying to create a new state called Barotseland in the west of the country. A total of 84 defendants, mostly from the Lozi tribe, were rounded up in a recent crackdown on those protesting for Barotseland, a state in the country's impoverished west, to secede from the copper-rich southern African country. The defiant secessionists demanded on Friday that their trial be moved from the capital Lusaka to Barotseland.

Zambia threatens to shut Shoprite after dismissal of 3,000

By Chris Mfula LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia threatened to shut Shoprite <SHPJ.J> stores on Thursday, a move that could tarnish its image as an investor-friendly frontier market, after the South African retailer fired 3,000 workers who went on strike. Labor minister Fackson Shamenda said the company - Africa's biggest grocer - had backtracked on the sackings and it had been given 10 days to resolve the grievances over pay that triggered the strike action.

Football: International friendly - Zambia 0 Brazil 2

Result of an international friendly between Zambia and Brazil on Tuesday: At Beijing Zambia 0 Brazil 2 (Oscar 58, Dede 65) H-t: 0-0 afp

Zambian separatists to answer treason charges

More than 70 Zambian separatists are due in court on charges of treason Wednesday, in one of the country's biggest trials in recent years. The defendants, mostly from the Lozi tribe, want Barotseland state in the country's impoverished west to secede from the copper-rich southern African country. Police have arrested 83 people in a crackdown on secessionists, some while they were trying to hoist their own flag or singing songs denouncing the government. Western province police chief Lombe Kamukoshi said only 72 of them will appear at Mongu High Court on Wednesday.
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