December 26, 1997 |
Former President Kenneth D. Kaunda was sent to prison Thursday after a three-hour standoff with heavily armed paramilitary police at his home early Christmas morning. Kaunda, 73, promptly began a hunger strike to protest his 28-day detainment without charges, which is permitted under a state of emergency declared by his successor, President Frederick Chiluba. Kaunda's incarceration was believed linked to a failed coup attempt Oct.
March 15, 2000 |
In the wake of devastating floods, the leaders of seven southern African nations on Tuesday urged creation of a regional system to forecast and deal with natural disasters. While the hardest hit, Mozambique is just one of the nations in the region that has been battered by heavy rains and flooding. Relief efforts on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar gained momentum Tuesday as food-laden French military helicopters and other aircraft delivered aid to flooded areas.
August 8, 1998 |
Warring parties in Congo claimed gains Friday as President Laurent Kabila joined regional leaders in Zimbabwe to seek a solution to the conflict. Tutsi-led rebels waging a weeklong campaign against Kabila claimed fresh advances in eastern Congo. In Kinshasa, state radio said loyalist troops had retaken the airport in the north-central city of Kisangani.
December 29, 1991 |
Time and neglect have faded the portraits of Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia that decorate stations along the 1,160-mile railway linking the former presidents' two nations. History too now threatens to catch up with the Tanzania- Zambia Railway (Tazara), which has operated for 15 years as part of a grand scheme to provide landlocked states with a secure trade route other than through South Africa.
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August 20, 2008 |
Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, who broke the African tradition of silence and solidarity among leaders to denounce neighboring Zimbabwe's economic ruin, died in a French military hospital Tuesday. He was 59. Mwanawasa had suffered a stroke and collapsed at an African Union summit in Egypt in June. He was airlifted from Egypt to France's Percy Military Hospital, where he remained until he had an urgent operation Monday and died Tuesday, according to Vice President Rupiah Banda.
October 29, 1997 |
Rebels tried unsuccessfully to overthrow Zambian President Frederick Chiluba on Tuesday, raising fears of political instability in a country considered a bulwark of peace in Southern Africa. The putsch was thwarted about five hours after it was announced on state radio by the leader of a previously unknown military group calling itself the National Redemption Council.
January 3, 1998 |
A series of recent authoritarian actions by the government of Zambian President Frederick Chiluba is sending disturbing signals that the country, traditionally a bulwark of stability in southern Africa, may be returning to a system of repressive autocracy. The recent jailing without charge of former President Kenneth D.
January 3, 2002 |
Zambia's ruling party candidate, handpicked by the outgoing leader, was sworn in as president Wednesday amid allegations of vote rigging and mounting political tension. Pledging to defend Zambia's constitution, Levy Mwanawasa, 53, was inaugurated after a high court rejected an appeal by opposition candidates to delay the ceremony until allegations of voting irregularities were investigated.
September 27, 2006 |
Behind the humming highway, with its foreign chain supermarkets, take-away franchises and cellphone stores, lies sprawling Misisi township, one of the poorest districts of the Zambian capital. Here, Foster Katoni, a 52-year-old widow, sits in the dust all day selling bags of crushed salt, a cold wind cutting through her ragged cotton shift and light sweater. Like nearly three-quarters of this nation's 11 million inhabitants, she survives on less than a dollar a day.
July 10, 1999 |
Hoping to lay the cornerstone for a more stable Africa, leaders from half a dozen nations are scheduled to sign a cease-fire agreement today to end 11 months of war in the heart of a continent ridden with violent conflicts.