The contractor engaged to tar the Chipata-Chadiza road complains of serious financial challenges.

The company working on tarring the Chipata-Chadiza road has complained of facing serious financial challenges to execute the work.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation says that the last six months have been the most challenging because government is not releasing the money.
Company Project Manager Yimo Wang has told Breeze News that if the situation continues it might be difficult to complete the works according to the contract deadline.
However, early this week, Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone said that government had paid the contractor through the National Road Fund Agency, NRFA for the road works.
Mr Sichone said the Chinese construction company was paid the money to continue with the construction works.
The minister further advised other construction companies, whose works have stalled due to delayed funding to borrow some money so that works are not affected.

Construction of nine health posts starts in Lundazi district

Construction of the 9 health posts which are part of the 650 health posts that government is building across the country has commenced in Lundazi district.
Acting Lundazi District Commissioner, Mukule Banda says that Jaguar Overseas Limited has already moved to the district and that construction of slabs in selected construction sites has commenced.
And in a separate interview with Breeze News, Acting Lundazi Community Medical Officer, David Zulu said the construction of the 9 health posts is set to be completed within 12 months.
Dr. Zulu revealed that the idea of putting up more health posts closer to people was to encourage people seek medical services.
He however, appealed to government to deploy more health staff as they put up new infrastructure.

Fifty metric tonnes of maize released for starving villagers in Katete district

Katete district has received fifty metric tonnes of relief maize for starving villagers.
Katete acting District Commissioner, Charles Isaac Sakala told Breeze FM Staffer, Peter Frank Banda that the relief maize will be ready for distribution next week.
Mr. Sakala says that officers from the district agriculture office are already in the field to facilitate the formation of satellite committees to identify beneficiaries of the maize.
He says that Lupande area in Chief Mbang’ombe’s chiefdom is the most affected with hunger.
Mr. Sakala says civil servants, NGO’s and faith based organizations will spearhead the distribution exercise.
He however, warned that anyone who abuses the distribution of the maize for personal gain will be prosecuted.
The relief maize was released by DMMU, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

Prison Department in Lundazi shocked with council’s decision to allocate plots near state prison

Lundazi District Council has been queried over its decision to allocate residential plots near Lundazi State Prison.
This came to light during the DDCC, District Development Coordinating committee meeting.

Lundazi District Prisons Officer in-charge Kamayoyo Songiso expressed concern over the development stating that construction of houses closer to the prison was a security risk especially to the community surrounding the prison.
He appealed to the district council to consider revisiting their plans before people start building.
But Acting Lundazi District Commissioner, Mukule Banda wondered why the prison department waited long to give advice to the local authority on the allocation of residential plots closer to the prison.
Mr. Banda noted that the situation has now become a complex issue especially to the district council as they will be required to engage Eastern Province Planning Authority over the matter adding that people were already ready to start constructing.
Mr. Banda advised the Prison Department to put the complaint in writing before the Lundazi District Council.
The land in question was previously used as a land reserve for the Civil Aviation which was later handed over to the Lundazi District Council.

Stakeholders recommend government schools stop sending back pupils struggling to pay user fees

Stakeholders in Chipata have recommended that government schools stop the system of sending back pupils whose parents delay to pay user fees.
This came to light during a CSPR, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction Round Table meeting held in Chipata.
Young Women Christian Association YWCA Provincial Coordinator, Dorothy Ndhlovu observed that children go through mental torture because of being forced out of class while losing out on lessons.
Mrs. Ndhlovu stated that school administrators should deal directly with parents because even government has discouraged sending away pupils who delay to pay user fees.
And on a different topic, CDFA, Chipata District Farmers Association Coordinator, Virgil Malambo said that government should properly state the purpose of setting a maize floor price.
Mr. Malambo stated that government needs to be specific in setting the floor price so that private companies buying maize do not buy at less than the recommended price.
He observed that lack of proper management in maize marketing had contributed to the poor maize yield in the 2014-2015 farming season.
Meanwhile CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxson Nkhoma says that there is need for civil society organizations to engage government and establish what kind of MoUs, Memorandum of Understandings government signs with crop buying companies.
Mr. Nkhoma says that this will be the only way that CSOs will be actively involved in ensuring that farmers are not unfairly treated by these companies.

A soldier has died in a fatal road accident along Umodzi Highway in Chipata

A man has died this morning after the car he was driving was involved in a head on collision accident along the Umodzi Highway in Chipata.
Provincial Police Commissioner, Eugene Sibote confirmed to Breeze New the accident which occurred at 04:40 hours near Cross Road Lodge.
Mr. Sibote explained that the accident happened when Isaac Mulememwi aged 23, of Gonda Barracks swayed off his lane to hit an oncoming vehicle from the opposite direction.
He says that the other vehicle, a Toyota Hiace, was being driven by Friday Banda aged 37, who was coming from Malawi.
Mr. Sibote says that Mr. Banda was carrying two passengers at the time of the accident, but was the only one who sustained injuries, and has been admitted at Chipata General Hospital.
And Mr. Sibote has cautioned motorists against drinking and driving during the long weekend, stating that there will be heightened police patrols.

MMD Solwezi MP Humphrey Mwanza has died

Opposition MMD, Movement for Multi-Party Democracy Solwezi West Constituency Member of Parliament Humphrey Mwanza has died.
Mr. Mwanza died this morning in the UTH, University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka after a short illness.
Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini announced the death of Mr Mwanza in parliament this morning.
Dr. Matibini regretted the death of Mr Mwanza saying the House would greatly miss his contributions during parliament debates.
Mr Mwanza is the second Member of Parliament to die in a space of two months after the death of Patriotic Front PF Member of Parliament for Bangweulu Chifita Matafwali who died on 21st May, 2015.
Meanwhile one of Zambia’s most prominent medical practitioners Dr. Francis Manda has died.
The renowned Urologist died in the early hours of the morning at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.
Outspoken and charismatic, Dr. Manda would occasionally spark controversy with his take on numerous social and political subjects.

Contractors working on road projects, which have stalled in Eastern Province, told to resume work.

Government has directed contractors working on various roads in Eastern Province to get back to work.
Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone has told Breeze News that contractors working on roads must not relax due to delay in payments.
Mr Sichone says that there is no need for contractors to halt works because of delayed payment, stating that they have the right to borrow money.
The minister says recently, the National Road Fund Agency, NRFA released funds to China State for the construction of Chipata-Chadiza road.
And Mr Sichone has also directed Sable Transport and Construction Limited to complete the tarring works on Chipata-Mfuwe road.
He says it is sad that the project which was started in December 2009 had not yet been completed by the construction firm.

New teachers deployed to rural schools to strictly serve for two years before being allowed a transfer.

The Ministry of Education has made it mandatory for teachers deployed to rural areas to serve at their stations for at least two years.
This is in a bid to ensure that schools in rural areas do not have shortages of teachers.
Provincial Education Officer, Alan Lingambe confirmed the development to Breeze News.
Mr. Lingambe observed that most schools in the rural parts of the Province do not have adequate teachers, and that this time around most of the teachers recruited will be deployed to such areas.
He says that government is committed to providing a quality service to pupils from rural areas, which is why teachers are given rural hardship allowance as an incentive to keep them stationed at the rural schools.
Five thousand teachers are expected to be deployed country wide, to ease the pupil teacher ratio.
Mr. Lingambe described the exercise as timely, in light of the teacher deficit in the rural areas.