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Thousands march in protest at Zambian paper

Thousands of ruling party supporters marched on Zambian President Rupiah ru·pi·ah  
n. pl. rupiah
See Table at currency.

[Hindi rupay, rupiy
 Banda's offices Thursday in protest at the independent Post newspaper, which has criticised his government.

The protesters from Banda's Movement for Multiparty Democracy The Movement for Multy-party Democracy (MMD) is a political party in Zambia. Originally formed to oust the previous government, MMD controlled an absolute majority in parliament between 1991 and 2001, when its past leader, Frederick Chiluba was president of the country.  (MMD MMD Movement for Multiparty Democracy (Zambia)
MMD Make My Day
MMD Merchant Mariner Document
MMD Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy
MMD Myotonic Dystrophy
MMD Mass Median Diameter
MMD Metal Matrix Diaphragm
) accused two deputy ministers of fueling negative stories about the president by speaking openly to the paper about disagreements within the government.

After the protesters dispersed dis·perse  
v. dis·persed, dis·pers·ing, dis·pers·es
a. To drive off or scatter in different directions: The police dispersed the crowd.

, Banda announced that he had sacked the two, deputy science minister Jonas Shakafuswa and deputy energy minister Lameck Chibombamilimo.

"If the Post says you are a good minister, then you are not a good minister to me, but to the Post, and I will get rid of you," Banda said.

He accused the Post of criticising him in order to pressure his government to bail out Zambian Airways Not to be confused with Zambia Airways.

Zambian Airways is an airline based in Lusaka, Zambia. History
Mines Air Services Limited (MAS) was incorporated in 1948 as a subsidiary of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM).
, which suspended operations last month after failing to pay creditors on its 40 million dollar debt.

The Post, Zambia's biggest independent newspaper, is major shareholder in the airline.
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Date:Feb 26, 2009
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