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On this day December 31, 1963

The Central African Federation officially collapsed, eventually to become Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.

Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, also known as Central African Federation, was a semi-independent state in southern Africa that existed from 1953 to the end of 1963, comprising the former Self-Governing (since 1923) Colony of Southern Rhodesia and the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland. Read More…

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Changes in EU airlines blacklist

The European Union (EU) has allowed four Indonesian airlines back into their airspace. A blanket ban had been placed on Indonesian air carriers in 2007. The EU has now added every Zambian airline and all but one from Kazakhstan to their blacklist.

The four airlines allowed to fly into Europe are state-owned flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, privately owned scheduled carrier Mandala Airlines and two private chartered airlines dealing mainly with western clients, Airfast Indeonesia and Premiair. Read More…

Rupiah Banda is elected President of Zambia

Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy is elected President of Zambia after presidential election held in Zambia on 30 October 2008 following the death of the incumbent President Levy Mwanawasa on 19 August 2008.

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The election had to be called within 90 days of the date of death. It was expected that there would be internal problems within the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy as Mwanawasa had not declared a successor prior to his death, but Acting President Rupiah Banda was selected as the MMD’s candidate without apparent problems. Read More…

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa dies

President of Zambia Levy Mwanawasa dies after suffering a stroke weeks earlier, born n 1948 was a Zambian politician. He was the President of Zambia from January 2002 to his death in August 2008.

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Laura Bush with Levy Mwanawasa and his wife Maureen.

On July 3, 2008 news outlets began reporting that Mwanawasa had died in a Paris hospital due to his stroke. The story originated at the Johannesburg based 702 Talk Radio, which cited Malone Zaza, who claimed to be the head of protocol at Zambia’s High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa; however, the commission denied having someone employed at the embassy with that name. Read More…

SA president wrongly announces death of Zambian counterpart

South African president Thabo Mbeki has been asked for an explanation from Zambia after anouncing wrongly that the nation’s leader Levy Mwanawasa had died. Mbeki asked for a minute’s silence for Mwanawasa during a ceremony in honour of those killed during recent violence against foreigners in South Africa.

Mwanawasa was flown into Paris, France on Sunday for emergency treatment after he suffered a stroke in Egypt before an African Union summit. On Wednesday, the night he was supposed to have died, he in fact had a “satisfactory night” according to Rupiah Banda, Zambia’s vice president.

Mbeki said he had been informed of the death by the Southern African Development Community‘s executive secretary. He has since telephoned Zambia’s high commissioner to South Africa, Leslie Mbula, to apologise personally.

Zambian Minister for Foreign Affairs Kabinga Pande has sent a letter to the South African government requesting a full explanation for the misunderstanding.

Photo Author Antônio Milena – Agência Brasil