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Zambian president fires health minister

Zambian president fires health minister

Zambian President Edgar Lunga. Picture: Flickr ZAMBIAN President Edgar Lungu has dismissed Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya with immediate effect, the president's office said, without giving a reason for the move. Once seen as a potential presidential replacement for Lungu, Chilufya's political ambitions have faded amid growing calls for his dismissal from opposition parties and health workers. "The President has thanked Dr Chilufya for the services rendered to government and wished him well in his future endeavors," the office said in a statement. Chilufya, health minister since his appointment in 2016, was not immediately available for comment.
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Africa mourns beloved hero “KK”

Africa mourns beloved hero “KK”

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER AFRICAN heads of state and their nations have paid warm tributes to Dr Kenneth Kauda (97), the continent's liberation hero and founding president of Zambia, who has passed on. Kaunda’s Zambia contributed immensely to the liberation of many African countries, particularly those in southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. At great cost, he hosted the ANC and other liberation movements in Zambia, attracting attacks from apartheid South Africa and other colonial powers. Zambia has declared 21 days of national mourning in honour of Kaunda. President Edgar Lungu has declared that during this period, all activities…
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Africa prays for hospitalised Kaunda (97)

Africa prays for hospitalised Kaunda (97)

ZAMBIAN president Edgar Lungu has led Zambians and Africa in prayers for Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the country’s 97-year-old founding president who has been admitted into hospital for suspected COVID-19 related illness. “I call on the nation to pray for our beloved KK who is hospitalised that God may touch him with his healing hand. He stood up for this great nation as its most critical moment and so we can all stand up for him in his moment of weakness,” said Lungu. The Zambian president assured the nation that the government was doing all it can to ensure that Kaunda…
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Zambian bans campaign rallies

Zambian bans campaign rallies

ZAMBIAN President Edgar Lungu has banned campaign rallies ahead of elections scheduled for August 12, saying large gatherings risked spreading the COVID-19 virus. Lungu, a lawyer, is pitted against economist Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND), whom he narrowly beat in the 2016 elections. Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, is in the grips of an economic crisis after it failed to make payment of a coupon on one of its dollar bonds in November, dragging it into sovereign default. Opposition parties have pilloried Lungu's handling of the crisis. Last year, police shot dead two people after…
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