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(also Bavemba, Vavemba, Muemba), a people inhabiting the northern part of Zambia and the neighboring regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaïre). Separate groups of Bemba live in Tanzania. They number about 1,700,000 (1967 estimate). Their language, Chichemba, is related to the central group of the Bantu family. Most Bemba retain local traditional beliefs, although some are Christian. The group is divided into various tribes including the Bemba, Bisa (Avisa), Lala (Bukanda), Kaonde, Ashi (Baushi), Ambo, Senga, and others. Their basic occupation is slash-and-burn agriculture (millet, sorghum, manioc, and so on). A significant number of Bemba also work in mining enterprises.


Iablochkov, L. D. “Korennoe naselenie Britanskoi Tsentral’noi Afriki.” Afrikanskii etnograficheskii sbornik, issue 2. Moscow, 1958.


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When everyone has spoken on behalf of the accused one, all the members of the Bemba people break the circle and a joyous celebration takes place.
Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel leader, returned to the DRC following a 10-year stint in prison at The Hague after being convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity while leading the suppression of a coup in neighbouring Central African Republic between October 2002 and 2003.
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These included the bearings failing on a front castor a week before the event and fitting the boards on the wheelchairs displaying a revised slogan 'Disabled People Say - Nothing About Us Without Us.' .' This was printed in six languages - English, Welsh, Swahili (East Africa), Bemba (Zambia), Shoma (Southern Africa) and Hausa (Nigeria and Western Africa).
CONGOLESE former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba has been sentenced to 18 years in prison by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and sexual violence.
Bemba, 53, is the highest-ranking person yet convicted by the court.
(162) For example, in Bemba, after the defense had begun presenting its case, the judges of Trial Chamber invoked Regulation 55 and gave notice to the parties of a potential change to lower the knowledge requirement for the crimes charged.
Two years later, in the Bemba decision, Pre-Trial Chamber II reached the opposite conclusion.