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Zambia defence minister resigns over chieftancy spat

Zambia's defence minister Geoffrey Mwamba resigned on Monday after admitting that he met a traditional leader who is blackballed by the country's president. "I have resigned from my ministerial job," Mwamba told AFP by phone, acknowledging he had travelled to the north east of the country, where he met Henry Sosala. Sosala is seen as the rightful heir to the paramount chieftaincy of the Bemba people -- the largest ethnic group in this copper-rich country of 14 million people.

Third Zambian journalist arrested

Zambian police on Monday arrested and charged a journalist with having porn on his computer in another apparent crackdown on a critical publication, his lawyer said. Clayson Hamasaka is the third reporter taken into custody for ostensible links to the Zambian Watchdog, which publishes articles critical of President Michael Sata's government. "They have arrested Hamasaka and charged him with the offence of possession of obscene materials," his lawyer Keith Mweemba told AFP. "They claimed they found some obscene material on his personal laptop," he added.

Zambia seizes control of Chinese-owned coal mine

The Zambian government has seized control of a Chinese-owned coal company due to poor compliance with safety and environmental standards, the mines minister said Wednesday. "Collum Coal mine has had a history of poor safety, health and environmental compliance," Mines Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said in a statement. "In view of this, my ministry has with immediate effect cancelled all three small scale mining licenses held by Collum Coal Mine." "Government has also taken over the running of the mine and will continue to run them until a suitable investor is found."

CORRECTED: 74-year-old charged over deadly Zambia bus crash

Zambian police Friday charged an elderly farmer with causing a deadly high-speed collision between a bus and a truck that killed 53, the police chief said. The bus crashed into an oncoming truck on Thursday after swerving to avoid 74-year-old farmer Abraham van Eeden's vehicle, which was overtaking the truck, according to police chief Stella Libongani. "From our investigations, the driver of the Land Cruiser ... is the cause of the accident and has since been charged with 51 counts of causing death by dangerous driving," Libongani said in a statement.

74-year-old charged over deadly Zambia bus crash

Zambian police Friday charged an elderly farmer with causing a deadly high-speed collision between a bus and a track that killed 53, the police chief said. The bus crashed into an oncoming truck on Thursday after swerving to avoid 74-year-old farmer Vandeem Abraham's vehicle, which was overtaking the truck, according to police chief Stella Libongani. "From our investigations, the driver of the Land Cruiser Mr Vandeem Abraham is the cause of the accident and has since been charged with 51 counts of causing death by dangerous driving," Libongani said in a statement.
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