Some companies have been stopped from buying tobacco due to poor prices.

Some tobacco buying companies have been stopped from buying tobacco at Chipata main floor due to poor classification.
Tobacco Board of Zambia TBZ Regional Inspector, Herold Siandula has confirmed the development to Breeze News.
Mr. Sinadula says that TBZ yesterday stopped the companies from buying tobacco from farmers because their classification was bad leading to low buying prices.
He says that some companies have been offering as low as 30 cents for the lowest grade, which is unfair on the part of farmers.
Mr. Siandula says that the companies will not use the TBZ run floors until they improve on their classification so that farmers are given a good price.
And Mr. Sinadula says that companies, which are offering good classification like JTI, have continued to buy tobacco from farmers.

Government has condemned road works carried out on the Chipata-Vubwi road.

Presidential aide for Projects Monitoring and Implementation, Lucky Mulusa has expressed disappointment with works on the 43 kilometres Chipata-Vubwi road.
Mr. Mulusa says that the contractor is not doing a good job despite being given part payment towards the project.
He notes that it is sad that the road has already started developing signs of construction defects even before it is halfway done.
Mr. Mulusa says that the company consultant should correct the defects before the works are completed if the road is to have a long life span.
And the Consultant Frans Blohhuis assured, Mr. Mulusa that all corrections will be done adding that the road will be constructed according to specifications and time frame.
The Chipata-Vubwi-Chadiza road, which has a total stretch of 120 kilometres, is being upgraded to bituminous standard at a cost of about 530 million Kwacha.

About 300 million US dollars secured by government to offset debt owed to various contractors in the country.

Government has secured about 300 million United States dollars to offset the outstanding bills owed to various contractors across the country.
Presidential aide for Projects Monitoring and Implementation, Lucky Mulusa says government is concerned with the delayed works by many contractors working on different projects due to delayed funding.He said this when he toured part of the Great East Road and Chipata-Vubwi-Chadiza roads, which are being worked on by Motaengil Construction Company and China Jiangxi Corporation.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mulusa has expressed satisfaction with the works on the 250 kilometres stretch of the Great East Road from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami border, which have reached advanced stage.
And Mr. Mulusa has called on service providers in Chipata town to move their necessary cable lines and equipment quickly to pave way for the road expansion.
He also directed Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu to arrange for a meeting as soon as possible to ensure that the issue is addressed before the contractor reaches the central business district.
And in response Mr. Zulu assured, Mr. Mulusa that a team had already been constituted and the company was being given necessary support for it to meet its deadline by 31st October 2015.

A 45-year-old man in Chipata sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for defiling his 10 year old step daughter.

The Chipata High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling his 10 year old step daughter in Chipata.
Before High Court Judge Flavior Chishimba was Fideli Banda of Chinjala area, who was convicted on one count of defiling a minor contrary tThe Chipata High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling his 10 year old step daughter in Chipata.
Before High Court Judge Flavior Chishimba was Fideli Banda of Chinjala area, who was convicted on one count of defiling a minor contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that on unknown dates but between 1st and 30th September, 2014 in Chipata, Banda had canal knowledge of his step daughter.
Facts before the court are that the accused took advantage of the girl when her mother was away in Malawi.
And Ms Justice Chishimba has also jailed Adamson Phiri 26, of Chikhombe village in Chief Kawaza’s area in Katete district to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 14 year old girl on 2nd of August last year.
Facts before the court are that the girl was sent to Nkungulu village to go and buy scones and sugar but on her way she met the accused who was cutting poles in the bush.
The accused later dragged the girl into the bush and started having sex with her.
Meanwhile Ms. Justice Chishimba has also sentenced Tryford Phiri of Chibawu village in Chief Kawaza’s area in Katete to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for indecently assaulting an 18 year old girl on 7th December last year.
o the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that on unknown dates but between 1st and 30th September, 2014 in Chipata, Banda had canal knowledge of his step daughter.
Facts before the court are that the accused took advantage of the girl when her mother was away in Malawi.
And Ms Justice Chishimba has also jailed Adamson Phiri 26, of Chikhombe village in Chief Kawaza’s area in Katete district to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a 14 year old girl on 2nd of August last year.
Facts before the court are that the girl was sent to Nkungulu village to go and buy scones and sugar but on her way she met the accused who was cutting poles in the bush.
The accused later dragged the girl into the bush and started having sex with her.
Meanwhile Ms. Justice Chishimba has also sentenced Tryford Phiri of Chibawu village in Chief Kawaza’s area in Katete to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for indecently assaulting an 18 year old girl on 7th December last year.

Shortage of staff has hit the Maternity and TB wards at Chipata General Hospital.

The maternity and TB wards at Chipata General Hospital do not have enough staff.
Acting Medical Superintendent, Dr. Mbinga Mbinga has confirmed the development when the Parliamentary Committee on Health visited the hospital this morning.
And Dr. Mbinga says that the Chipata General Hospital has recorded a high number of maternal deaths due to heavy bleeding by expectant mothers.
He says that in 2014, the hospital recorded an increase in maternal deaths from 0.7 to 0.9 per cent.
Dr. Mbinga described the situation, which is also attributed to high blood pressure in pregnant women as worrying.
Meanwhile Dr. Mbinga revealed that the medical facility needs a backup generator and a separate theatre in the maternity ward.
The Parliamentary Committee on Health is being led by Senenga UPND Member of Parliament, Likando Mufalali.

Some Zambians fleeing xenophobic violence in South Africa condemn the attacks.

Some Zambians fleeing xenophobic attacks in South Africa have appealed to government to assist them get out of that country.
Speaking to Breeze News, Patrick Mwale, who has just returned from South Africa, says that Zambians like other foreigners are going through a tough time.
Mr. Mwale appealed to government to do more to help bring back Zambians who are stranded in that country.
He says that some of his colleagues have been put in camps to protect them from the xenophobic attacks currently taking place.
Mr. Mwale, who condemns the attacks, says that South Africans need to remember that other African countries assisted them a lot during their liberation struggle.
Mr, Mwale says that attacking foreigners will not assist South Africans get the jobs, which they are accusing foreigners to be getting.
Despite the South African government having deployed the army to stop the attacks, countries like Zimbabwe have already moved close to 400 Zimbabweans who were staying in that country.

Shortage of anti-rabies vaccines has hit Eastern Province.

Low supply of anti-rabies vaccines has hit Eastern Province due to shortage at Medical Stores in Lusaka.

Provincial Medical Officer, Dr. Abel Kabalo has told Breeze News that health institutions who have run out of the vaccines should buy their own vaccines, using grants.

Dr. Kabalo says the procurement of the vaccines by the institutions is vital to cushion the burden, which the Medical Stores is currently facing.

And the provincial medical officer says the province has enough essential drugs adding that people should not worry.
Meanwhile, 41 people who were affected by bubonic plague at Kavyeni village in Nyimba District are responding well to treatment.

Dr. Kabalo says only three people died of suspected bubonic plague adding that the health officers have responded to the disease outbreak.

A contractor engaged to rehabilitate Mwase Dam in Lundazi district has allegedly abandoned the project.

A company engaged to rehabilitate Mwase Dam in Lundazi district is reported to have abandoned the project.
This came to light during DDCC, District Development Coordinating Committee meeting in Lundazi.
Lundazi District Agriculture Coordinator, Philemon Lungu reported that the contractor abandoned the site after the dam he was working on breached in February this year.
Mr. Lungu further said that his office has written to the provincial office recommending for the termination of the contract.
And Members of the DDCC expressed concern over contractors doing shoddy works in the district.
District Education Board Secretary, Hebert Mwinga stated that it was high time that members of the committee start challenging contractors performing shoddy works.

Mr. Mwiinga wondered what was happening in Lundazi, stating that within a short period of time after Sable Construction Company performed unsatisfactory road works, CCCL had failed to complete the dam works.

The fight for power in the MMD party in Eastern Province has deepened.

Confusion has deepened in the MMD, Movement for Multi- Party Democracy in Eastern Province on who is supposed to be the party provincial chairperson.
Provincial Secretary, Samuel Lugomo Phiri and provincial vice treasurer, Jacob Mwanza are both claiming to be provincial chairperson.
Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Phiri dismissed a statement from Mr. Mwanza that he has been suspended, arguing that Mr. Mwanza has no powers to suspend him.
He says that Mr. Mwanza should stick to his new position of vice provincial chairperson and stop misleading people that he is the provincial party leader.
Mr. Phiri further indicated that Mr. Mwanza who opted to support UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema during the January 20, presidential election with few other NEC, National Executive Committee members has not been welcomed back in the party.
However last week, Mr. Mwanza issued a statement as provincial chairperson stating that during local government elections, the PF misled itself by trusting suspended members, who were just attracted to help the ruling party because of money.
Mr. Mwanza explained that officials from the MMD and PF never met to discuss the issue of fielding one candidate in the Msandile local government election.
He said that instead, some suspended MMD members hijacked the whole process and deceived the PF that they would assist the ruling party to win.

Contractors who will be engaged to build a One Stop Border Post at Mwami Border warned against shoddy works.

Government has warned contractors, who will be engaged to construct a One Stop Border Post at Mwami Border to attach seriousness to the project.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said this when he officiated at a three day Nacala Corridor Development project meeting in Chipata.
Mr. Mukanga says the government is expecting that contractors once identified are expected to mobilise and commence the works.
He says the buildings department will be expected to closely monitor the works so that the requisite specifications are adhered to.
The minister says Zambia has prioritised infrastructure development and the construction of a One Stop Border Post will be another shining example.
And Mr. Mukanga extended an invitation to his Malawian counterpart for Industry and Trade, Joseph Mwanamvekha to attend this year’s meeting on landlocked least developed countries to take place in Zambia.
Mr Mwanamvekha says according to the 2015 World Bank Report, Malawi is ranked 162 out of 187 countries in terms of ease of doing business.