Drama in Zambia as newspaper publishes article in Chinese

Drama in Zambia as newspaper publishes article in Chinese

- The story quoted President Edgar Lungu reiterating the country's commitment to work with China

- Government spokesperson said the move was aimed at tapping into the Chinese market through advertisements

- The move angered Zambians who decried Chinese dominance and displacement of locals from jobs

- There have been allegations Zambia had borrowed so much from China and risked losing key State property used as collateral for the loans

China's dominance in Zambia has been an issue of concern, with the country's Opposition figure Stephen Katuka decrying the Asian state's citizens are displacing locals from jobs through huge monetary offers.

True to this statement, on Tuesday, October 2, the county's state-owned newspaper published the lead story in Mandarin, a move which angered the citizens.

Mandarin is the common language spoke in China.

A copy of the publication seen by TUKO.co.ke ignited outrage from Zambians and citizens from other African states who termed the recent Chinese invasion in the continent as fresh colonisation.

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Outrage as Zambia state-owned newspaper publishes in Chinese

Zambia's State-owned newspaper The Times of Zambia published its lead story in Chinese language. The story quoted President Edgar Lungu saying their ties and China would be tightened. Photo: UGC
Source: UGC

In a perfect coincidence, the lead story quoted President Edgar Lungu saying the country's ties with China were not about to end.

This was despite cries by the Opposition that the country had obtained huge loans which could make the China take over State-owned properties used as collateral if Zambia is unable to repay the debts.

"We will not look East or West but we'll go with those who want to go with us," Lungu was quoted in the article published in Mandarin.

Zambia's Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya defended the decision to publish some of the articles in the national paper in Chinese and English.

"It is a move aimed at tapping into the Chinese market," she said even as enraged citizens argued the State should have instead used Gujarati if they needed numbers because the country had more Indians.

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