Two wildlife officers freed over murder charge

The Chipata Magistrates’ Court yesterday entered a nolle prosequi in respect of two of the nine wildlife officers from Mambwe district who are charged with the murder of a suspect at Chinzombo wildlife detention cells last month.

And defence lawyer Mwangala Zaloumis from Dove Chambers Legal Practitioners has called for thorough investigation into the same matter.

This is the matter where Mataa Wamundila, Paul Zakaria Phiri, John Simon Banda, Benson Kanyembo, Kamona Sibulwa, Eunice Mbewe, Mike Mwale, Fred Kankyombo and Thomas Muyangwe are alleged to have murdered Jacob Mbewe.

When the case came up for mention, magistrate Pauline Mulenga released Kanyembo and Eunice Mbewe through a nolle prosequi.

But Ms. Zaloumis said it was unfortunate that the accused person had been in prison for a long time without being charged.

She said police should have done thorough investigations before subjecting the accused to stay in prison.

Magistrate Mulenga urged the state to expedite the investigation and address other concerns raised by the defence.

She later adjourned the matter to November 9, 2017 for another mention whilst waiting for instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution.

Mr. Mbewe’s death was received with mixed feelings by the local people in Mambwe prompting Senior Chief Nsefu to deny the wildlife authorities and law enforcement officers from burying his body in the district.

The deceased was however buried in Chipata.

A tractor assembly plant to be set up in Chipata district.

The Ministry of Defense in Partnership with the Minsk Tractor Works Company of Belarus will be setting up an assembly plant for Belarusian tractors in Chipata.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defense Steady Mwale says his ministry is trying to answer to the president’s vision of the armed force being proactive economically.

He says Eastern Province was chosen because it is a hub of agriculture activities and the assembly plant will help a lot of small scale farmers graduating from using hoes to using tractors.

Mr. Mwale says since the tractors will be assembled in the province, they will be cheaper than those that are imported from other countries.

He emphasized that project should not be politicized and is not meant for any one person, but for the development of the country as a whole.

And speaking during the same occasion, Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says Eastern deserves to be chosen for the tractor assembly plant as the province has the highest number of farmers, which will assist to grow the agriculture sector.

Mr. Kasolo further indicated that Chipata is perfectly placed and will make it easy to supply tractors within Zambia and neighbouring countries like Malawi and Mozambique.

Sable Construction Company seriously monitored

Chipata City Council says it is closely monitoring works being carried out by Sable Construction Company on Kalindawlo road.

Town Clerk Davies Musenge has told Breeze News that the local authority wants to ensure that the works are of quality standard.

Mr. Musenge says that the council has already noticed that Sable seems to have improved in the way the tarring works are being carried out.

He however, says that the council is not happy with the pace at which the works are being done.

Mr. Musenge says that the contractor needs to quicken up the pace considering that the rain season is near.

He says that he is aware that the company will be forced to suspend the works during the rainy season, which might affect the period under which the project will be undertaken.

Mr. Musenge says that it will be important for Sable Construction Company to ensure that more works are done before the rains start.

Sable Construction Company is currently working on Kalindawalo road and East Rise road but the pace at which the contractor is working has raised concern among some residents.