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18 March 2018 13:59 (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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File Photo: Hailemariam Desalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He announced his resignation last month. EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

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Photo: A young woman holds up her hands with words that read 'Don't Shoot' as students demonstrate for stronger gun control laws outside the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 21 February 2018. Students across the country demonstrated for stronger gun control laws following the 14 February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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