Man arrested for having sex with a cow

Police in Petauke District have arrested a man of Kalopu village in Chief Nyamphande’s area in Petauke District, for the offence of bestiality.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya says, William Zulu aged 30 years, had carnal knowledge of one of Andifello Lungu’s cows, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Mr. Chilufya says the incident occurred on 8th August 2017, in Chizindilo village, when his grandson was trekking animals in the nearby bush.

He says it was at that point that they found William half naked in the act.

Mr. Chilufya says the suspect was apprehended, with the help of the police, and taken to Petauke Police Station.

The police commissioner says the suspect, who is expected to appear in court soon, said he did not know why, he acted in such a manner.

Chipata Council starts patching damaged roads

Chipata City Council has started patching damaged township roads, as part of works, conducted during the local government week.

Chipata City Council Director of Engineering, Andrew Zulu says the repairing of the roads will be done on all the roads that have defects.

Mr. Zulu says the local authority is working in partnership with RDA, the Road Development Agency.

And speaking during the tour of the road works ,on lower church road yesterday, Chipata City Mayor, Sinoya Mwale says the local authority ,will make sure that the status of the roads are improved in the district.

Meanwhile, residents in Chipata have commended the local authority for repairing the roads.

The residents however, say that the council should construct new roads, because the works being done are temporary.

JCTR calls for further reduction in fuel prices

The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, JCTR has implored government to reduce fuel prices further.

The center says the price reductions announced by ERB, the Energy Regulation Board, were too minimal for those in the transport sector to consider reducing transport costs.

This is contained in a statement availed to Breeze News on Friday morning.

JCTR observes that as stated by ERB, the cause of the reduction is the appreciation of the Kwacha, but that it is not clear on how sustainable the appreciation will be.

The Centre says it hopes the Zambian government will ensure the trickle down benefit of low oil prices reach its citizens.

The Center says it is happy with the reduction in the fuel prices, as this may translate to a lower cost of living in the long run for Zambians.

JCTR adds that it is hopeful that the appreciation of the Kwacha will translate into fall of import prices, which can in turn reduce production costs for companies.

The Center says reduced production costs will make the market competitive, resulting into employment creation for many Zambians.

Over 2,000 people treated for different ailments at Mwami hospital

Over 2,500 patients with different ailments have been treated by medical experts from the United States of America, who were carrying out an outreach programme at Mwami Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Chipata district.

The 74 volunteers from the White Memorial Adventist Mission of
California also provided medical care to 75 patients with major surgeries and to 80 with minor surgeries.

Medical Mission Coordinator Esther Ong said 200 people had tooth extraction and 100 had cataract removal.

She also noted that a number of women in sexual active age groups underwent cervical and breast cancer screening, adding that education on hygiene and nutrition was also conducted among girls and mothers in the area.

She further disclosed that three boreholes were drilled by the volunteers in three villages surrounding Mwami Mission Hospital.

Dr. Ong noted that inadequate access to health services, poor
nutrition and hygiene are contributing to ill health among people in Zambia.

She noted that poor access to safe and clean water is a major
concern in the villages that were visited by her team.

She said in some places, people share water drinking points with animals.


Filling stations reluctant to reduce fuel prices

Some filling stations have shown reluctance to reduce prices of fuel as announced by ERB, the Energy Regulation Board.

ERB Senior Manager for Consumer and Public Affairs, Fred Hang’andu has confirmed this to Breeze News.

Mr. Hang’andu says that ERB has received a number of complaints from consumers, who were either turned away because some service stations were not selling fuel or made to but fuel at old prices.

He says that this has forced ERB to undertake random inspections to ensure that all filling stations countrywide adhere to the revised fuel prices that took effect at mid-night on August 7th.

Mr. Hangándu has noted that service stations which have not yet effected price reductions are liable to enforcement action.

He says that the affected Oil Marketing Companies OMCs will be summoned for hearings soon.

Staff deployed to new Chipata District Hospital

Government, through the Ministry of Health, has started sending health workers to the newly constructed Chipata District Hospital.

Eastern Province Health Director, Abel Kabalo, says this is because phase one of construction works at the hospital is almost complete.

Dr. Kabalo says ZESCO, the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, has already connected electricity to the hospital.
He says that what has remained is external works of landscaping.

He says a request has been sent to the Ministry of Health head office in Lusaka, to supply equipment, in readiness for the commissioning of the health facility.

Dr. Kabalo says government has released an initial advance payment of seven million kwacha for phase two of the construction works.

He says a Chinese contractor, Sanshare is already on site.
He says that the total cost of phase two is about 33 million Kwacha.

And Dr. Kabalo revealed that the district hospital being constructed in Petauke will be the biggest hospital in the province.

He says the hospital, will surpass Chipata Central Hospital in terms of size.

Government addressing rural hardship allowance

The Ministry of Education in Eastern Province says it is in the process of addressing issues affecting teachers, who are not getting rural hardship allowances.

Provincial Education Officer Allan Lingambe says district offices are currently addressing the matter, which has affected a number of teachers in the province.

Dr. Lingambe’s comment comes after complaints by some teachers in remote areas, that they are not getting the rural hardship allowances.

He says the challenge of some teachers not getting rural hardship allowances is connected to the mistakes made by the Ministry of Lands, during the mappings of schools, which was conducted some years ago.

Dr. Lingambe says some schools where captured as being in urban areas when they are located in remote areas.

He says a re-mapping exercise has to be done to correct the situation, but that a local solution is being done to quickly look into the matter.

The PEO says the Ministry of Education has started the process of swapping codes for the schools that are not illegible to be getting rural hardship allowances, to those who are eligible but are not getting the money.

He says this has already been done in some schools in the province.

About 1,000 dog bites reported in Eastern Province

Eastern Province has reported 996 dog bites out of which seven deaths have been recorded between January and August this year.

Provincial Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo is concerned with the increased number of dog bites and deaths related to rabies as the region last year recorded 288 cases of dog bites and five deaths.

Speaking at the Provincial Epidemic Preparedness meeting in Chipata, Mr. Kasolo says that the problem has existed for a long time and emphasized on the need to find a solution.

He stated that although some districts are making progress in reducing the problem, more needs to be done to eliminate rabies.

The Permanent Secretary directed all districts Anti Rabies Taskforces to provide reports and tangible solutions on the issue of reducing dog bites and rabies in the province.

Meanwhile, Mr Kasolo has observed that the province has seen a reduction in cases of street vendors.

He stated that although street vending is still high in some
districts, some districts are making headways in eradicating it.

Mr. Kasolo pointed out Chipata and Petauke as some of the districts that are making practical efforts to curb the vice.

Taxi drivers not too happy with fuel price drop

Motorists in Chipata district say that the reduction of fuel prices by ERB, the Energy Regulation Board will not make impact to the economic sector.

Kingsley Chulu, a taxi driver says the reduction would have made an impact if ERB had reduced fuel prices by more than three kwacha.

Mr. Chulu says taxi drivers will not be forced to reduce taxi fares because the reduction is minimal, as it is less than one kwacha.

And Andrew Ngoma says taxi drivers can only reduce fares if ERB reduce the prices further.

The motorists told Breeze News that prices of fuel should be reduced to as low as ten kwacha per liter, in order for prices of commodities to be reduced.

And filling stations in Chipata have affected the new prices.

A check by Breeze News at some filling stations this morning found motorists buying fuel using the new prices.

The ERB yesterday announced the reduction of fuel prices with

Petrol now selling at 11 Kwacha 67 ngwee from 12 Kwacha 50 while diesel has been reduced from 10 Kwacha 72 ngwee to 9 Kwacha 87 ngwee.

Government told to upgrade qualified teachers

Government has been called upon to expedite the process of upgrading the teachers that have attained higher qualifications.

Zambia National Union of Teachers, ZNUT Chipata District Chairperson Isaac Ngoma says that there are still teachers who graduated as far back as 2013 that have not yet been upgraded.

Mr. Ngoma says that this process is important as it will impact positively on service delivery and also enhance worker confidence towards government’s commitment in improving the conditions of service for the teachers.

And ZNUT has commended the government for putting in place measures that have facilitated the reduction of fuel prices.

He says that this reduction is as a result of sound fiscal policies that the government has embarked on.

Mr. Ngoma says that ZNUT is hopeful that if government continues on this path the financial pressures experienced by ZNUT members will be eased.

He says that this is also coupled with the fact that the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Kwacha has remained stable for some time.