Day: August 16, 2017

Gold panning destroying Runde River: RDC

The Runde Rural District Council (RDC) has raised a red flag over rampant uncontrolled gold panning along the Runde River. The local authority says these activities could in the immediate future result in the complete eradication of this major water body. The water body is paying a huge price for carrying the precious mineral in its belly, as non-stop digging continues even in broad daylight. Huge piles of silt downstream give evidence to the scars this river has had to bear. The local district council is concerned the reckless mining ventures if not stopped there will be no river...

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Zambia opposition leader Hichilema released          

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been released from prison and treason charges against him were dropped, his party said shortly before his trial was to begin in Lusaka. The United Party for National Development said its leader and his five co-accused have been released from prison with the treason charge dropped. Hichilema has been in custody since April over an incident in which he allegedly failed to give way to President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade. Lungu narrowly beat Hichilema in last year’s presidential election....

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