Breeze MD Retires

Breeze FM Founder and Director, Mike Daka, has retired from the radio station and active media involvement after working in the media industry for 45 years.

Mr. Daka announced his retirement last night at a farewell party for members of staff of the radio station held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Breeze FM.

He said that there was need for change, renewal and preparations for a brighter future at Breeze FM radio station.

As part of the re-organisation of the radio station following Mr. Daka’s retirement, Breeze FM will relocate from its old building on plot number 866 Parirenyatwa Road to a new site within the Chipata Central Business District.

Mr. Daka started his career in journalism at the Zambia News Agency, ZANA, where he spent 17 years and rose from the position of Reporter to that of Editor-in-Chief.

He then worked as the Managing Director of the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication, ZAMCOM, for 13 years.

Mr. Daka established Breeze FM Radio Station in the year 2002 following the government’s decision to liberalise the broadcasting sector which ended the monopoly of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.

He thanked the government, business community, civil society, the staff of the radio station, past and present, and the people of Eastern Province for helping to make Breeze FM the most effective channel of communication in Eastern Province and surrounding areas.

He assured members of staff, listeners and other stakeholders that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure continued operations of the radio station and expansion of its activities.

Mr. Daka was educated in Zambia, India, Germany and the United Kingdom and holds a Masters Degree in Journalism Studies.

He will settle on his farm in Kauzu Farm Block on the outskirts of Chipata.




FRA told to pay farmers quickly

An organization representing farmers in Chipata, has expressed worry over the delay by FRA, Food Reserve Agency, to pay farmers their money.

Chipata District Farmers Association Coordinator Virgil Malambo says the delay by FRA to pay farmers their money is a source of worry, because this is the time farmers should start buying farming inputs.

He says the agency indicated that it will start paying farmers, two weeks after selling their maize, but that some farmers who have not yet been paid sold their maize to the agency in August.

Mr. Malambo says FRA has a capacity to pay farmers in time, because it has reduced the tonnage they have purchased from farmers this year.

He says the trend by the agency is unacceptable, adding that the statement by government that it wants to prioritize agriculture, as an engine for economic development will not be implemented if this trend continues.

He adds that FRA should therefore expedite the payment before the onset of the rains.

Eastern Water squeezes over K20,000 from clients

Over 20 thousand kwacha has been realized by Eastern Water and Sewerage Company, EWSC from 32 customers, who owed the company and had to be visited by the bailiffs.

Company Public Relations Officer Christabel Malama says the company engaged bailiffs two weeks ago, and that 90 per cent of those visited have cleared their water bills.

She says the exercise is being conducted in eight districts in the province, Chadiza, Chama, Chipata, Katete, Petauke, Nyimba, Lundazi and Mambwe.

Ms. Malama says the affected customers are those who have standing water bills for over two months.

She says over 500 customers were issued with warrants from bailiffs.

She adds that the company has in the recent years not managed to collect revenue from all customers, an action that has culminated in the debt of 9.6 million kwacha of unpaid water and sewerage services.

Illegal developers given seven days to demolish structures

The local authority in Chipata has given a seven days ultimatum to illegal developers in referendum area to start demolishing their structures.

Chipata City Council Town Clerk Davies Musenge says affected developers have so far been issued with notices.

Mr. Musenge says the chairperson for provincial planning authority, Chanda Kasolo, who is also provincial permanent secretary directed the council to issue notices to all the affected developers, before action is taken.

He says if developers do not demolish their structures after seven days, an action will be taken.

In August this year, the Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale gave him a go ahead to demolish the structures.

He said if affected people are hesitant to demolish their structures, a bulldozer will be sent to destroy everything.


EFAZ predicts more tobacco production in 2018

The Eastern Fodya Association of Zambia, EFAZ says Eastern Province is likely to produce more tobacco next year.

EFAZ chairperson, Frankline Mwale says more farmers have interest to grow tobacco this year, due to the good prices companies offered during the last marketing season.

Mr. Mwale also says about three companies have so far come on board to sponsor farmers, while another company has signed agreements with independent tobacco growers that it would buy their crop.

He, however, asked government through TBZ, the Tobacco Board of Zambia, to ensure that it starts preparing early enough to buy whatever tobacco would remain with farmers after companies reach their targeted tonnages.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mwale has implored traditional leaders not to allow farmers who grow tobacco but are not interested in planting trees to grow tobacco in their areas.

He says every farmer interested in growing tobacco, must also plant trees in order to help minimize the impact of tobacco growing on forestry.