I just happened to pick up the independent newspaper in Zambia, The Post, and thought I’d share the first two articles I read. (The other main newspaper is the government owned Zambia Daily Mail. The Post is often considered the opposition newspaper.)
On the front page reporter Bright Mukwasa reported on a parliamentary seat apparently up for grabs. One of the politicians said his party “would resort to any means at its disposal, including ‘juju’ to ensure the party retains the Chongwe parliamentary seat.” Juju, for the uninitiated, is magic or witchcraft. Wonder if that’s how Sarah Palin sees Russia from her front porch?
In another article a 72-year-old man robbed two places. At the first he stole one television set, a DVD player and two cell phones for a total value of about $350 of stolen goods. At the second he stole one television, one DVD player and one cell phone for a total value of about $300. And, it was considered a violent crime because he used a stolen AK-47 to do the robbery. That was his big mistake. Do not commit even the hint of a violent crime in Zambia.
The robber was convicted on both accounts and here was the sentence by the Lusaka High Court judge: “I pronounce the ultimate penalty of death and announce that you shall be hanged by the neck until pronounced dead.”