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Ex-President Frederick Chiluba faces two trials this month, after his lawyers failed to block the charges against him as 'vindictive and unfair' (AC Vol 44 No 19); they now insist that some of the 165 accusations duplicate one another. In the first case, starting on 9 December, Chiluba and former intelligence chief Xavier Chungu are jointly charged with stealing 19 billion kwacha (US$4 million) from state coffers.

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Frederick Chiluba, Xavier Chungu, Stella Chibanda, Bede Mphande, United States, Atan Shansonga, Faustin Kabwe, Aaron Chungu, British, Amon Sibanda, Samuel Musonda, Yotham Zulu, David Diagamo, Levy Mwanawasa, Africa Confidential