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Zambia: Parliament Makes Further Cuts to Royalty Rates on Production of Minerals

(May 23, 2016) On May 4, 2016, Zambia’s 158–member unicameral Parliament passed the Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to amend the Mines and Minerals Development Act 2015.  (Martine Chileshe, Zambia Mines and Mineral Development Act 2015 – Amendment, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 30, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.)  According to […]

Zambia: Constitutional Changes on Citizenship, Elections

(Jan. 13, 2016) Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu, approved a new Constitution for the country on January 5, 2016. Among other changes, the new document permits dual citizenship and sets a date for the next elections.  (Government Urges Zambians Living in Diaspora to Apply for Dual Citizenship, LUSAKA TIMES (Jan. 7, 2016), Open Source Center No. […]

Zambia: Mines and Minerals Bill and Related Income Tax Amendment Bill Tabled in Parliament

(July 8, 2015) On June 25, 2015, Zambia’s Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development submitted the Mines and Minerals Development Bill, 2015 to the National Assembly (parliament) for a first reading. (Pamela Chitulang’oma, Zambia: Mines and Minerals Development Bill Presented to Parliament, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 30, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online […]

Zambia: Draft Constitution to Include Press Freedom

(May 7, 2012) Zambia released a draft constitution on April 30, 2012, that has been praised for its provisions on freedom of the press. The document also contains a bill of rights and establishes a 50%-plus-one voting system for electing the president of the country. (PAZA Lauds Draft Constitution on Media Freedom, TIMES OF ZAMBIA […]

Zambia: High Court in Lusaka Throws Out Case Questioning Citizenship of Incumbent President

(Aug. 11, 2011) On August 9, 2011, the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, threw out a petition by the main opposition party, the Patriotic Front (PF), seeking a declaratory judgment to enjoin the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) from nominating Rupiah Banda, the incumbent Zambian President, as a candidate in the next presidential elections, scheduled […]

Kenya; Zambia: Judiciaries Turn to Technology to Improve Efficiency

(Oct. 7, 2010) It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court cases using computerized systems (Judiciary Goes Digital, TIMES OF ZAMBIA (Oct. 5, 2010), Terry Musonda, […]

Zambia: Penal Code Provision Criticized for Restricting Freedom of Expression

(June 15, 2010) On June 8, 2010, Pansy Tlakula, the African Union's special rapporteur on freedom of expression and access to information in Africa, urged the Zambian government to repeal section 116(1)(d) of the Zambian Penal Code. Tlakula called the provision contrary to regional and international instruments guaranteeing the freedom of expression, including the African […]

Zambia: New Law to Regulate NGOs

(Sept. 2, 2009) It was reported on August 26, 2009, that Zambia's Parliament passed into law the 2009 NGO Bill, to regulate the activities of non-governmental organizations that operate in Zambia. The law has been sent to the President for his assent. (NGOs Fear Law Will Hobble Their Activities, IRIN, Aug. 26, 2009, available at […]

Zambia: Ineffective Law Enforcement Weakens Child Protection Enforcement

(July 2, 2008) AFP reported on June 18, 2008, that Catherine Namugala, Zambia's Minister of Community Development and Social Services, has blamed the failure of child protection efforts in Zambia on “weak legislation.” Namugala declared that the government intends to “review child-related” laws to make them more effective. (Weak Legislation Hinders Child Protection Efforts, AFP, […]