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Yearbook 2012

2012 ZambiaZambia. According to countryaah, the nation exploded in wild joy when the Zambia football national team took home the African championship for the first time in February. The copper balls, as the team is called, won after dramatic penalty kicks in the final against big favorite Ivory Coast. The victory gained a deep emotional significance when the match was played in Libreville in Gabon, where a former Zambian national team in 1993 had been wiped out in a plane crash.

In March, a registration authority announced that the former government party and then largest opposition party Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) had been dissolved. The reason was that no organizational fee would have been paid in 20 years. The decision was seen as an attempt to reach the opposition. It was appealed and later rescinded by the Supreme Court.

The Lozi people's kingdom of Barotseland declared in March that they demanded independence from Zambia as the government had long signed an agreement on autonomy. The declaration was referred to by the Zambian government as treason, and the leader of the Barotsland National Council chose to go underground.

2012 Zambia

In June, Svenska Sida decided to resume its assistance to Zambia's Ministry of Health after Sweden received SEK 6.7 million as senior officials in the Ministry embezzled by aid funds. The new aid was intended to reduce child and maternal mortality in Zambia.

Enraged workers attacked and killed a Chinese chief in August at a coal mine in southern Zambia. It was a protest against low wages that degenerated. China has invested large sums in the mining industry, which accounts for the bulk of Zambia's exports. According to Human Rights Watch, safety and the working environment are worse at the Chinese mines than at other foreign-owned mines in the country.

At the beginning of the year, Zambia's Minister of Information made a prominent bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge in the Zambezi River. He wanted to prove to tourists that the jump was safe. The reason was that a young Australian has fallen straight into the crocodile-rich water since her line went off. The woman described her survival as a miracle after she was forced to swim with bound feet to the Zimbabwe side of the river and dive to pull off the rope that got stuck under the water.

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