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23 April 2017 10:06 (South Africa)

‘The president wants to kill me’, says Zambian opposition leader, speaking from safe room

  • Simon Allison
    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

Photo: Opposition United Party for National Development President, Hakainde Hichilema (L), addresses his final election rally ahead of the Presidential elections in Lusaka, Zambia, 29 October 2008. Photo:  EPA/STR
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Photo: President Jacob Zuma welcomes President of Botswana Seretse Khama Ian Khama for the 3rd SA - Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria. The BNC will deepen economic cooperation between the two Southern African Countries. (Photo: GCIS)

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