The Forestry Department confiscates over 3,000 logs of Mkula tree after owner fails to produce authority documents.

The Forestry Department in Chipata has resolved to confiscate the 3, 864 logs of Mkula, which it impounded from a Chinese national last week.
This follows failure by the Chinese national only identified as Thom to submit to the department authority documents, which he used to procure the logs.
Acting Principal Forestry Officer, Sylvester Siame told Breeze News that the department cannot trace the Chinese national and that his phones are still off.
He says that according to information gathered so far, Thom is believed to be in Mozambique.
And Mr. Siame says that the department has received a report that some people want to temper with machines that were used to cut the timber at a named farm along Magwero road.
He says that the Forestry Department will move the logs from the farm to the district offices since they can never be auctioned.

Collection of garbage in Petauke town has stalled resulting in heaps of uncollected refuse.

Collection of garbage in Petauke town has stalled due to break down of a truck used to remove the refuse.
And authorities at the council have denied reports that the uncollected garbage is due to workers’ decision to down tools.
A check by Breeze News found heaps of uncollected garbage, which are making the town dirty while council workers involved in collection of refuse could not been seen
And when reached for comment, Petauke District Council Secretary, Pathias Sumba acknowledged the situation.
Mr. Sumba however, explained that the local authority has faced serious challenges to collect garbage in the town centre because the vehicle used to collect the refuse broke down.
He however, indicated that the council has already bought a new truck for garbage collection, but it has delayed because the supplier changed the make of the refuse truck.

 

Over 1 million kilograms of tobacco stuck without market in Eastern Province.

Over 1 million kilograms of tobacco from independent tobacco growers has not yet been bought in Eastern Province.

Tobacco Board of Zambia TBZ Chief Executive Officer, Samson Muyembe however, says that TBZ is negotiating with ZLTC, Zambia Leaf Tobacco Companyto start buying the remaining tobacco.

He revealed this during a News Maker’s Forum organised by the Press Freedom Committee of the Post.

And Mr. Muyembe attributed this year’s poor market for tobacco to China’s decision to reduce its tobacco imports by between 20 and 30 per cent.

Meanwhile, TBZ has come under attack for failing to address the challenges that farmers face when selling their produce.

TBZ Board Member, Ben Mahumbe had a tough time to explain to the famers on the role TBZ plays in the tobacco marketing as the farmers insisted that TBZ has failed to address their challenges.

The farmers then demanded that TBZ starts the role of regulating the tobacco marketing so that the same problems of merchants exploiting farmers, is not repeated in the next marketing season.

They also demanded that the merchants who buy tobacco should be holding meetings with their farmers to listen to their grievances.

 

The contractor working on the Lundazi- Kazembe road has abandoned the works.

The contractor working on the 90 kilometre Lundazi- Kazembe road has abandoned the works.
Lundazi District Commissioner, Janet Palukani confirmed this to Breeze News.
Ms. Palukani however, could not name the contractor but says that he is not seen at the site.
And Chris Nyirenda from Mankhombo village in Chief Kazembe’s area says that the road in question is in a deplorable state and becomes impassable during the rainy season.

He says that villagers in the area find it difficult to use the road when transporting their farm produce and when going to Lundazi for medical care.

Mr. Nyirenda has appealed to government to quickly engage another contractor who can finish the works as soon as possible.

The contractor working on the Lundazi- Kazembe road has abandoned the works.

The contractor working on the 90 kilometre Lundazi- Kazembe road has abandoned the works.

Lundazi District Commissioner, Janet Palukani confirmed this to Breeze News.

Ms. Palukani however, could not name the contractor but says that he is not seen at the site.

And Chris Nyirenda from Mankhombo village in Chief Kazembe’s area says that the road in question is in a deplorable state and becomes impassable during the rainy season.

He says that villagers in the area find it difficult to use the road when transporting their farm produce and when going to Lundazi for medical care.

Mr. Nyirenda has appealed to government to quickly engage another contractor who can finish the works as soon as possible.

Influx of illegal Malawian traders in Chipata worries government.

Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu says he is concerned with the increase in the number of illegal immigrants from Malawi, who are trading in Chipata.
Mr. Zulu says that a lot of Malawians have found business opportunities in Chipata Town and are staying in Zambia without any proper documentation or permits.
He was speaking this morning during the DDCC, District Development Coordinating Committee meeting in Chipata.
Mr. Zulu says that there is need for concerted efforts among authorities from the immigration department, the National Registration Office and the police to agree on how to stop illegal immigrants from entering the Zambia.
And Mr. Zulu has challenged the Prisons and Immigration departments to start attending DDCC meetings so that they give statistics of how many illegal immigrants they are arresting.

The Ministry of Education introduces three years strategic plan to improve teaching standards in schools.

The Ministry of Education has put in place a three years strategic plan to improve teaching standards in schools.
This has delighted BETUZ, The Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia in Eastern Province.
In a statement availed to Breeze News, BETUZ Provincial Secretary, Ronald Mbuzi says that in the recent past, there has been serious complaints from members of the public on how the quality of education has dropped.
Mr. Mbuzi states that nowadays, pupils cannot be able to read properly even at grade 12 level or college and university levels.
The strategic plan aims at sharpening the teaching skills and knowledge of the teachers.
Mr. Mbuzi has encouraged teachers to take full interest in the programme stating that the union will not defend any lazy teachers, who just want to get salaries.
He says that BETUZ has received complaints from members of the public and administrators over misconduct of teachers and lack of commitment to duty.

Two cyclists are nursing wounds at Chipata General Hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Umodzi Highway.

Two cyclists are battling for their lives in the Chipata General Hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Umodzi Highway Monday morning.

Chipata Municipal Council Chief Fire Officer, Fackson Mbewe confirmed the hit and run incident to Breeze News, which happened around 08 hours.

Mr. Mbewe says that John Zulu aged 30 of M’nukwa Village in Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s area and Moffat M’kandawire aged 40 of M’chini Compound in Chipata were hit by an unknown vehicle near Saturday Market as they were cycling on the road.

He says that the fire brigade rescue team that rushed to the scene found the two men critically injured while the driver of the vehicle ran away.

Mr. Mbewe says that the two were letter rushed to Chipata General Hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

 

Contractors working on road projects in Nyimba district warned against carrying out shoddy works.

Road contractors in Nyimba district have been cautioned against doing shoddy works and abandoning projects.
Nyimba District Council Chairperson, Max Kapanta says that the council will not accept shoddy works.
He said this in the wake of a named contractor that has not been on the construction site on the Chipembe-Utotwe Road.
Mr. Kapanta says that the contractor was expected to start phase two of the works, which involved putting up gravel and culverts on the road, but has not been seen since last month.
He has appealed to government to ensure that the contractor gets back on the site quickly, so that works are completed before the rainy season.
The council chairperson says that a number of rural roads in the district are being rehabilitated including Mtilizi and Offmeyer and that the local authority expects high quality works to be done.
And Mr. Kapanta also appealed to government to release more money to ensure that the Chipembe-Utotwe Road is gravelled.
He said that grading of the road has been completed, but the road risks being washed away if it’s not gravelled.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kapanta said that farmers are disappointed that FRA, the Food Reserve Agency is delaying to start buying maize.
He said that farmers, who took their maize to most depots in the district, are already spending nights in cold.

Chipata Municipal Council accused of dumping garbage carelessly in Genda area.

Chipata Municipal Council is reported to be dumping garbage carelessly along Genda road.
This has angered residents in the area, who accuse the local authority of being inconsiderate.
Speaking to Breeze News, one of the residents, King Lungu says that the garbage, which is dumped not too far from the road is posing health hazard to villagers.
Mr. Lungu further complained that cyclists have equally been affected because bicycle tyres are punctured by bottles from the garbage.
And another resident, Whyson Daka wondered how the council, which is supposed to be in the forefront encouraging good hygiene, could put people’s lives at risk.
But when contacted for comment, Chipata Municipal Council Public Relations Officer, Taonga Kawonga said that she needed to consult before responding to the allegations.
This is not the first time that people in Genda area have raised concern on the garbage, which is dumped carelessly.