Zambia poachers give up illegal arms

Zambia poachers give up illegal armsLusaka- Poachers in the eastern part of Zambia have surrendered about 1,700 illegal firearms and over 40,000 wire snares used to kill wild animals in game management areas, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) of Zambia was quoted Tuesday as saying. Appearing before a parliamentary committee, WCS-Zambia program director Dale Lewis said that even though a number of people in the area have shown interest in surrendering the firearms, poaching has not been reduced, the Times of Zambia reported.

Zambia's opposition condemns reported Chinese biofuels project

Zambia's opposition condemns reported Chinese biofuels project Lusaka - Zambia's main opposition leader Michael Sata has strongly opposed a reported request by China to plant 2 million hectares of the jatropha plant in the southern African country for the production of biofuels.

During a discussion programme on local radio Thursday, Sata said such a move would disadvantage Zambians, who are scrambling for land to grow food.

Zambia's HIV prevalence rate falls to 14 per cent

Zambia's HIV prevalence rate falls to 14 per cent Lusaka  - In a development attributed to improvements in prevention and treatment, Zambia's HIV prevalence rate has fallen by two percentage points over the past year, a study showed Thursday.

The proportion of the population infected with the deadly virus that causes AIDS fell from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, the latest Demographic Health Survey published by the central statistics office revealed.

Zambia's top court turns down opposition bid for poll recount

Zambia's top court turns down opposition bid for poll recount Lusaka - Zambia's Supreme Court has rejected an application by opposition leader Michael Sata for a recount of votes from last year's October presidential by-election, which he lost, local radio reported Wednesday.

Sata, leader of the Patriotic Front, had sought a recount of the votes cast after narrowly losing to current president, Rupiah Banda, in the election for a successor to deceased leader Levy Mwanawasa.

Ex-Zambian president Chiluba's wife sentenced for corruption

zambia_mapLusaka - A court in Zambia Tuesday sentenced former president Fredrick Chiluba's wife, Regina Chiluba, to three-and-a- half years in prison for receiving and obtaining stolen state property while Chiluba was leader.

The magistrates' court in Lusaka found her guilty on five of six counts of fraud relating to property and funds she received from Chiluba while he was president from 1991 to
2001, Emmanuel Mwamba, a spokesman for the ex-leader told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Chiluba, 75, who appeared as a witness in the case, had accompanied his wife to Lusaka prison after sentencing, Mwamba said.

Zambia to start voter registration two years before elections

Lusaka - The southern African country of Zambia is set to start updating its voter register after aborting the overdue task for lack of time and money before last year's presidential by-election.

Electoral commission head Florence Mumba was quoted by state media as saying Tuesday that the commission would begin a continuous registration process in all 150 constituencies in the copper-rich country in June.

Zambia's parliament last week approved spending of 5 billion kwacha (around 900,000 dollars) for the exercise, which is seen as key to building trust in the electoral process in a country, where the last two national elections have been marred by contestation.