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August 1
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The Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show is an annual agricultural show running since 1919 located at the Lusaka Showgrounds in Lusaka Zambia. It attracts around 200,000+ visitors yearly, featuring a range of attractions including a large local produce section, exhibition livestock, flower competitions, and local businesses. (Full article...)


August 2
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James John Skinner (24 July 1923 – 21 October 2008) was an Irish-born Zambian politician and jurist. He was the first Minister of Justice of independent Zambia and the only White member of Zambia's first cabinet. Following his time as a Zambian jurist, Skinner moved to neighbouring Malawi, where he was Chief Justice from 1970 to 1985. His final judicial appointment was as a Social Security Commissioner in England from 1986 to 1996. (Full article...)


August 3

Politics of Zambia takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Zambia is head of state, head of government and leader of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government, while legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament. Formerly Northern Rhodesia, Zambia became a republic immediately upon attaining independence in October 1964.(Full article...)


August 4
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Mansansa (Ukubuta in Bemba) is a Lunda practice where village girls prepare for their adulthood. It is practiced by the Lunda of North-Western Province of Zambia. The age group is between 10 to 14 years old. Parents support the girls by providing them with food, cooking and cleaning utensils and many other things they can use to have a successful event. (Full article...)


August 5
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Kantu Habanji Siachingili (born April 5, 1990), known professionally as Kan 2, is an Zambian singer, songwriter, and is an Ambassador to the Triple V Campaign. She first came onto the Zambian music scene when she featured on Slapdee’s track titled Remember. Her first single Mungeli was released in May 2014. The following year she was nominated twice at the 2015 Mosi Zambia Music Awards and is the winner of the Best Female Artist award 2016 at the Zambian Music Awards (Full article...)


August 6
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The Mafinga Hills are a plateau covered by hills, situated on the border between Zambia and Malawi, in Southern Africa. These hills are composed of quartzites, phyllites and feldspathic sandstones of sedimentary origin. This plateau has the highest point in Zambia,2,339-metre (7,674 ft) Mafinga Central. It once formed a formidable barrier between the Northern and Eastern Provinces (Full article...)


August 7

Christianity has been very much at the heart of Zambia since the European colonial explorations into the interior of Africa in the mid 19th century. The area features heavily in the accounts of David Livingstone's journeys in Central Africa. Livingstone's exploration of the region coincided with an increased interest in missions in the Evangelical churches in Britain, (Full article...)


August 8

The Lusaka Stock Exchange (abbreviated to LuSE) is the principal stock exchange of Zambia. Founded in 1993, it is located in Lusaka. The LuSE is a member of the African Stock Exchanges Association. The Lusaka Stock Exchange (LuSE) was established with preparatory technical assistance from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank in 1993. The Exchange opened on 21 February 1994. In its first two years of operations, the LuSE and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) were (Full article...)


August 9
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Mwamba Luchembe is a former Zambia Army Lieutenant who at the age of 30 attempted a coup d’état during the one-party state era of Dr Kenneth Kaunda in 1990. His action came at a time when Zambians needed change of government and had risen against Kaunda's rule. On July 1, 1990 Luchembe managed to make his way into the ZNBC radio studios where he announced that the Zambia Army had taken over Government and he cited food riots of the previous week as reasons for his action because about 27 people had died while more than 100 were wounded. (Full article...)


August 10

A constitutional referendum will be held in Zambia on 11 August 2016 alongside general elections, a move designed to reduce the cost of the referendum. Voters will be asked whether they approve of proposed amendments to the bill of rights and Article 79, which dictates the process of future amendments. The referendum seeks to amend and enhance the Bill of rights; and, repeal and replace Article 79.Under the Bill of rights changes is the amendment of the "Civil and Political Rights", plus the addition of: "Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Right" section; and "Further and Special Rights" section. (Full article...)


August 11
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The 2016 General elections are being held today to elect the President of the republic of Zambia and members of the National Assembly. A constitutional referendum will be held alongside the elections, with proposals to amend the bill of rights and Article 79. The previous general elections in 2011 resulted in a victory for the Patriotic Front (PF), whose candidate Michael Sata was elected President, with the PF winning 61 of the 150 seats in the National Assembly. (Full article...)


August 12
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The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is the autonomous electoral management body for the Republic of Zambia. The ECZ was established in 1996 under article 76 of the Constitution of Zambia. The Commission has regulatory powers to determine how all the Elections activities run. (Full article...)


August 13
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Derby Makinka shown in the picture on the left (born 5 September 1965, in Harare, Zimbabwe, died 27 April 1993) was a Zambian footballer and member of the national team. He was among those killed in the crash of the team plane in Gabon in 1993. Makinka played club football for Profound Warriors in Zambia, where he was voted Zambian Footballer of the year in 1989 before moving to Pomir Dushanbe in the Soviet Top League near the end of 1989 after being spotted during their 4-0 win over(Full article...)


August 14

The Roman Catholic Church in Zambia is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are about three million Catholics in the country - about a quarter of the total population. There are ten dioceses, including two archdioceses.The first Catholics in the country were Jesuits who crossed the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls in 1879. Jesuit missions were established among the Tonga in 1902 and at Broken Hill in 1927. (Full article...)


August 15
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Kabange Mupopo (born 21 September 1992) is a Zambian sprinter and football player who won Gold in African Games in September 2015. She is the striker and captain of the Zambia women's national football team, Shepolopolo and is representing Zambia at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in women's athletics. (Full article...)


August 16
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Keith Shem Michael Mlevhu (14 September 1950 - 5 March 1988) was a Zambian multi-instrumentalist musician, popularly known for his independence song, Ubuntungwa, which was part of his 1976 album Love and Freedom. He started his music career from the time he was still a juvenile and played in a number notable music bands in his formative years on the Copperbelt. (Full article...)


August 17
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Rozalla Miller (born 18 March 1964), better known as simply Rozalla, is a Zambian dance music performer. She is best known for her 1991 hit "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)", which was remixed and re-issued several times. Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events; then at age 13, she was singing on a children's TV show. (Full article...)


August 18
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The Zambezi (also spelled Zambeze and Zambesi) is the fourth-longest river in Africa, the longest east flowing river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The area of its basin is 1,390,000 square kilometres (540,000 sq mi), slightly less than half that of the Nile. The 2,574-kilometre-long river (1,599 mi) rises in Zambia and flows through eastern Angola, (Full article...)


August 19
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Levy Patrick Mwanawasa (3 September 1948 – 19 August 2008) was the third Republican President of Zambia. He ruled the country from January 2002 until his death in August 2008. He is credited for having initiated a campaign to rid the country of corruption. Prior to his election, Mwanawasa served as vice-president from 1991 to 1994 whilst an elected Member of Parliament for Chifubu Constituency. (Full article...)


August 20
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Crawford Mandumbwa (born 14 February 1969) is a Zambian multi-talented artist and visual commentator based in Francistown, Botswana where he has taught and lived for most of his recent life. He dabs in fine arts, graphics, photography, multimedia and his new found love - 3D modelling. He was born in 1969 in Zambezi in the North Western Province of Zambia (Full article...)


August 21
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Zambia participated for the first time at the Olympic Games under the current name in 1968, and has since taken part in every Summer Olympic Games with the exception of 1976. Previously, it competed as Northern Rhodesia in 1964 and under the banner of Rhodesia in 1960. Zambia has never sent athletes to compete in the Winter Olympic Games.(Full article...)


August 22
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Martin Mubanga is a joint citizen of both the United Kingdom and Zambia. He was held, without charge, and interrogated at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay for 33 months.The Bush administration routinely describes the Guantanamo detainees as having been unlawful combatants, who were captured on the battlefield. (Full article...)


August 23
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Lily Tembo (November 20, 1981 – September 14, 2009), professionally known as Lily T, was a Zambian musician, radio presenter, journalist and charity worker who had won national acclaim with her 2004 debut album Lily T. (Full article...)


August 24
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Lt. Gen. Peter Dingiswayo Zuze (born 18 December 1942) is a former Zambian Air Force commander and diplomat. Joined Zambian Air Force 1965, Commander, Operations Squadron 1968, Commander, Helicopter Squadron 1970, Chief of Staff (Air) 1971, Air Commander 1972.(Full article...)


August 25
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Petauke is a town and seat of Petauke District located in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Petauke is 400 km from the capital city Lusaka, roughly halfway between Lusaka and the Malawi border. The main spoken language of the 14,000 residents is Nsenga..(Full article...)

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August 26
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The 1977 Dan-Air/IAS Cargo Boeing 707 crash was a fatal accident involving a Boeing 707-321C cargo aircraft operated by Dan Air Services Limited on behalf of International Aviation Services Limited (trading as IAS Cargo Airlines at the time of the accident (Full article...)

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August 27
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Lt. Gen. Peter Dingiswayo Zuze (born 18 December 1942) is a former Zambian Air Force commander and diplomat. Joined Zambian Air Force 1965, Commander, Operations Squadron 1968, Commander, Helicopter Squadron 1970, Chief of Staff (Air) 1971, Air Commander 1972.(Full article...)


August 28
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Lt. Gen. Peter Dingiswayo Zuze (born 18 December 1942) is a former Zambian Air Force commander and diplomat. Joined Zambian Air Force 1965, Commander, Operations Squadron 1968, Commander, Helicopter Squadron 1970, Chief of Staff (Air) 1971, Air Commander 1972. (Full article...)


August 29
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Petauke is a town and seat of Petauke District located in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Petauke is 400 km from the capital city Lusaka, roughly halfway between Lusaka and the Malawi border. The main spoken language of the 14,000 residents is Nsenga..(Full article...)

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August 30
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The 1977 Dan-Air/IAS Cargo Boeing 707 crash was a fatal accident involving a Boeing 707-321C cargo aircraft operated by Dan Air Services Limited on behalf of International Aviation Services Limited (trading as IAS Cargo Airlines at the time of the accident (Full article...)

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August 31
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Gwendoline Chomba Konie (9 October 1938 – 14 March 2009) was a Zambian poet, diplomat and politician. She was the Zambian ambassador to Scandinavia, the United Nations and Germany. She formed her own party in 2000 and stood as a candidate to be the President of Zambia in 2001. (Full article...)