President Lungu believes state of emergency is necessary in Zambia

Zambia's president Edgar Lungu is weighing up whether a declared a state of emergency should be implemented for a week.

Lungu said a fire, which destroyed the southern part of City Market in the capital, Lusaka, on Tuesday, "bordered on economic sabotage" and was aimed at making the country ungovernable.

There have been political tensions in the country since the arrest on treason charges of main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

Hichilema is accused of trying to overthrow the government after a column of opposition vehicles failed to make way for the president's motorcade.

Africa corespondent Crystal Orderson has more on this and other news headlines across the continent.

He still believes a state of emergency is necessary and will send out a clear message to any opposition party that their voice will be defeated.

Crystal Orderson , Africa corespondent

The IMF is due in the country and are supposed to have talks around a big loan. He said the IMF is free to cancel the loan if they consider his action is too strong.

Crystal Orderson , Africa corespondent

There is real concern that just the voice and outrage will also be clamped down with the state of emergency.

Crystal Orderson , Africa corespondent

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