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n. pl. Bemba or Bem·bas
1. A member of a people of northeast Zambia and adjacent parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Malawi.
2. The Bantu language of the Bemba. Also called Chibemba.

[Bemba -bemba, ethnic self-designation.]
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npl -ba or -bas
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Africa, living chiefly in Zambia on a high infertile plateau
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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(ˈbɛm bə)

n., pl. -bas, (esp. collectively) -ba.
1. a member of an African people or group of peoples of NE Zambia and adjacent parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Malawi.
2. the Bantu language of the Bemba.
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The list also features young women activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman.
The court has also convicted Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a Malian who confessed to destroying cultural property, and former Ivory Coast president Jean-Pierre Bemba — though Bemba's conviction was overturned on appeal.
A story that has gone viral on the internet and that has been quoted by poets and other writers is the story of the Bemba people who come mainly from Zambia.
The case was a severe blow for ICC prosecutors after similar failures with former DR Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba in 2018 and Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014.
Kenya alluded to the decade-long trial of Jean Pierre Bemba calling for a clear and determinate statement of Charge by the office of the Prosecutor as well a rigorous evaluation of evidence by the Trial Chamber.
These include war crimes during World War I and World War II, the Anton Dostler case, the Zyklon B trial, the Belsen trial, the Buchenwald trial, the Malmedy Massacre trial, the Nuremberg trial, the Einsatzgruppen case and Otto Ohlendorf, Karl Brandt, the Tokyo war crimes trial, the trial of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Khabarovsk war crime trial, the Eichmann trial, the My Lai Massacre, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Rwandan genocide, and trials of Dusko Tadic, Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, Radislav Krstic, Charles Taylor, Theoneste Bagosora, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, Ferdinand Nahimana, Hassan Ngeze, Jean-Paul Akayesu, Ante Gotovina, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, and Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo.
Several opposition leaders have been barred from running, including former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba and ex-Kabila ally Moise Katumbi.
The emerald which is been named as 'Inkalamu' means 'lion' in the local Zambian Bemba language, is set to be auctioned in Singapore in November this year after it is cut into fine smaller pieces.
The introduction of electronic voting and the authorities' exclusion of a number of candidates from the ballot -- such as exiled opposition leader Moise Katumbi and former Vice President and acquitted war crimes suspect Jean-Pierre Bemba -- has prompted opposition leaders to cry foul.
At the beginning, fanfares sounded aplenty for the return of the fabled Moise Katumbi and controversial Jean-Pierre Bemba. These were two figures who carried considerable clout in their respective regions and had the potential to drive their weight all the way to Kinshasa.
Latterly, while in Kashinda, Bill and Margaret were involved in translating the Bible into the Bemba language and their work became very well-known in the country.