Opposition leaders are wary about the new laws, arguing they will lead to internet shutdowns and invasion of privacy of internet users.
The poor African nation has struggled to convince wealthy banks and investment funds to postpone debt repayments.
Zambia has seen its external debt surge to nearly $12 billion this year.
The African country struggles to convince lenders that it cannot pay its debt, preferring to divert money to saving lives at home.
Hedge funds and banks are not ready to give even temporary debt relief to one of the poorest countries in the world.
The African country wants to divert resources to take care of its people during the pandemic.
Health officials plead for global solidarity for helping the poor continent at a time when even some of the world’s richest countries are scrambling for basic medical needs, including face masks.
Thirty-three of Africa’s 54 countries now have novel coronavirus cases. Though the pandemic is in its early days on the continent, health experts have warned that even facilities in Africa's richest nation could be overwhelmed by the virus' spread.
Low growth, rising population, drought and floods have contributed to worsening food insecurity in the region.
Many Rwandan refugees continue to refuse returning home despite a UN decision to terminate their refugee status. They fear state reprisals but Kigali says only those with 'criminal records' aren't returning.
While Zimbabweans would want CITES to lift ban on ivory trade, they however cannot trust the thoroughly corrupt ruling elite to manage the possible windfall for the benefit of ordinary citizens and the wildlife.
Sanjay Bhattacharyya is the Indian Ambassador to Turkey.
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