Freedom fighters celebrate Africa Freedom Day

Freedom Fighters in Chipata have observed that Zambians are now free to mix with Europeans following the scramble for Africa from the colonial rulers.

Chipata District Freedom fighters Secretary Mathews Kilion Tembo, told Breeze News that things have changed after the scramble for Africa as Zambians are now free to mix with people of other races in class and places of work.

Mr. Tembo says it is important to celebrate Africa Freedom Day because the country is now free.

Mr. Tembo says 25th May is celebrated as Africa Freedom Day to remember the day when African leaders went to Addis Abba Ethiopia to make the OAU, Organisation for African Union in 1963.

He says it is because of the struggles that African leaders went through in kicking out the Europeans that has resulted in most countries being free.

And President Edgar Lungu this morning led dignitaries in laying wreaths in memory of foreign heroes at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka.

This year’s 54th, Africa Freedom Day is being celebrated under the theme “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in the youths”.

Chief Mwanya of the Chewa speaking people has died.

Chief Mwanya of the Chewa speaking people of Lundazi district has died.

Chief Chanje of the Chewa speaking people confirmed the death of Chief Mwanya to Breeze News.

He says Chief Mwanya died in the early hours of Wednesday at Chipata Central Hospital after an illness.

He says the body of Chief Mwanya, which was lying in the Chipata Central Hospital Mortuary, will be taken to Lundazi district today.

Chief Chanje says burial for Chief Mwanya will take place on Monday next week at his palace in Lundazi district.

Meanwhile Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi is shocked with the death of Chief Mwanya.

Executive Member of Education and Publicity Committee of the Chewa Royal Establishment Lucas Phiri say that the paramount chief said that late chief assisted in uniting traditional leaders in his area.

And the Patriotic Front Party PF in Eastern Province says that it is deeply saddened with the death of the traditional leader.

Provincial Chairperson, Andrew Lubusha says that the ruling party mourners with the Chewa people over the untimely death of Chief Mwanya.

Patriotic Front Party advises bus operators

The Patriotic Front PF Party in Eastern Province has appealed to long distance bus operators to ensure that drivers have enough rest.

Vice Information and Publicity Secretary Chembe Daka says that the party has observed that most drivers do not rest after driving long distances.

Mr. Daka says that some drivers drive between Chipata and Lusaka almost every day, putting the lives of people at risk.

He says that the buses are also not serviced because they are on the road every day.

Mr. Daka says that bus owners should be interested in protecting the lives of passengers unlike only being interested in money.

FRA depots in Sinda district cut by half

The total number of depots in Sinda District has been reduced from seventeen to eight.

Sinda District Agriculture Coordinator DACO, Henry Mukulumoya says this is an indication that FRA, the Food Reserve Agency might not buy a lot of the crop to encourage private sector participation.

He mentioned Kasambandola, M’ngomba, Seya, Chitawe, Nyanje, Mchembwe, Makina and Chikalawa as proposed buying points in the district.

He was speaking during a one day stakeholder’s consultative meeting in Sinda.

Meanwhile, Chieftainess Nyanje has called on government to expedite the distribution of farming inputs in the 2017/2018 farming season.

She says that in the 2016-2017 farming season, government delayed in distributing farming inputs to farmers in the district.

The traditional leader explained that the delay has greatly affected small scale farmers, who only rely on FISP, the Farmer Input Support Program.

And the DACO says the late delivery of inputs to farmers was because his office received seed late.

Tipper truck kills 86 year old woman in Chipata

An 86 year old woman has died on the spot after being hit by a tipper truck while seated under a tree at home in Moth residential area.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the incident which happened yesterday at about 15:50 hours at Plot Number 1782.

Mr. Chilfuya says that Tiwine Phiri was sited under the tree when the truck which was parked whilst loading soil rolled down from the top of the hill.

The truck registration number ALR 7429, hit into the wall fence and gate through the yard and hit the woman.

Mr. Chilufya has identified the driver of the truck as 27 year old Lukas Jere of New Houses in Kapata Compound

COMACO supporting 167,000 farmers in Zambia

The Community Markets for Conservation COMACO is sponsoring 167,000 farmers in Zambia.

COMACO President Dale Lewis says that the farmers are in Eastern, Central and Muchinga Provinces.

Mr. Lewis was speaking when Minister of Finance Felix Mutati toured COMACO plants and offices in Chipata this morning.

He says that COMACO is encouraging farmers to practice conservation farming and other farming activities.

Mr. Lewis says that the plan for COMACO is to see farmers become self-reliant in future as they start taking care of themselves.

East UPND clarifies on HH leadership

The UPND in Eastern Province has added its voice in denying reports that ADD leader Charles Milupi is now UPND President.

Provincial Spokesperson, Ronald Mbuzi says that Hakainde Hichilema remains president of UPND.

Mr. Mbuzi told Breeze News that people should ignore media reports suggesting that Mr. Mulupi is now the UPND leader.

He says that Mr. Milupi just like Dr. Nevers Mumba is just a working partner of the opposition political party.

Mr. Mbuzi explained that even the recently held UPND national management meeting was chaired by National Chairperson, Mutale Nalumango and not Mr. Milupi.

Road accident in Sinda claims two lives

Two people have died after being involved in a road traffic accident which occurred along the Great East Road in Sinda district.

Police Spokesperson, Esther Katongo confirmed to Breeze News that the accident happened around 04 hours on Thursday at a Bridge near Sungwa village in Chief Kawaza’s area.

Ms. Katongo said Mafafuke Nzima 28, Samson Tambatamba 40, both of Chadiza were pronounced dead upon arrival at Petauke district hospital.

She said the other two passengers, Andrew Jere 28 and Kelvin Daka 19 escaped unhurt.

Ms. Katongo says the accident happened when the driver of a Volvo Truck, which had four passengers on board failed to stop the motor vehicle and hit into a stationed construction excavator.

Ms. Katongo said the driver identified as Happy Musonda aged 27 of Chadiza district is on the run.

She says the two bodies are in Petauke district hospital awaiting postmortem and burial while police have launched a manhunt for the driver.

Meanwhile an 81 year old woman is reported to have died after being run over by a tipper truck in Chipata’s Moth area.

Government maintains stance to screen foreign clergymen

Government says it will continue screening foreign missionaries that come into Zambia to preach the word of God.

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Godfridah Sumaili says government has a responsibility to screen foreign missionaries that come into the country so that those that do not practice biblical teachings are not allowed to operate in the country.

Reverend Sumaili says Zambia has its own standards on how to preach the Gospel and foreign missionaries who do not follow the teachings of the Christian Nation will not be tolerated.

She urged the church to assist government in preaching messages of good morals to the people so that they uphold the morals of the nation and curb bad vices such as beer drinking, indecent dressing and prostitution.

Reverend Sumaili however, thanked the church for working with government in providing social needs to the community such as health, education, water and sanitation.

She was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Anglican Eastern Zambia Bishop, William Muchombo and Chipata Diocese Catholic Bishop, George Lungu in Chipata this morning.

And Bishop Muchombo says the church will continue to work with any government of the day.

He urged the Minister to work with every one despite their political affiliation.

And Chipata Diocese Bishop, George Lungu thanked the government for partnering with the church to work for people in communities.

Meanwhile the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs says it will decentralize its operations to provincial headquarters across the country.

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, Reverend Godfridah Sumaili, says this will help her ministry to be represented and work with other government ministries in the provincial headquarters.

Speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu today, Reverend Sumaili, says her ministry will focus on challenges relating to Gender Based Violence in families.

She says her ministry will work with the church, traditional leaders, school authorities and other relevant authorities to strengthen the fight against GBV in communities.

Reverend Sumaili further says it is encouraging to note that the province is boosting the Agriculture Sector.

She says small scale farmers should therefore be encouraged to adopt mechanization farming, because sustainable development comes from agriculture.

And Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu, says better methods of farming will be encouraged among small scale farmers in the province.

He says the province has managed to attract investors, who have shown interest in investing in the province.

Petauke council starts naming streets

Petauke District Council has commenced the process of naming the streets in townships.

Petauke District Council Chairperson, James Lungu, told Breeze News that phase one of the project will cover all the planned compound areas.

Mr. Lungu says some names of freedom fighters will be considered when naming the streets.

He says this will be done in order for the community to remember people, who fought for Zambia’s freedom.

Mr. Lungu says naming of streets ,is a requirement by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.

He mentioned Fairview, Kanfinzi, Riverside, Main Location and New Houses as some of the compounds, where streets will be named under phase one of the project.