PF defends Chipata Central MP

Patriotic Front PF Party members in Chipata Central Constituency have dismissed a statement by CSPR, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction that Chipata Central Member of Parliament Moses Mawere has abandoned the constituency.

PF Chipata Central Constituency, Information and Publicity Secretary Rabson Musendo and Constituency Youth Chairman Muhalakwa Kawana have described the statement as misleading.

They say that Mr. Mwere is among the leaders who have demonstrated development, stating that he has drilled boreholes, donated computers to schools and media houses and rehabilitated bridges in the constituency.

The duo says Mr. Mawere has been visiting his constituency several times from the time he was voted MP on August 11 last year.

On the issue of Youth Empowerment Fund, the duo says Mr. Mawere is ensuring that 250 youths benefit in Chipata Central Constituency.

They added that the MP has so far lobbied for funds to assist all streets kids in Chipata Central Constituency to enable them go back to school.

And PF Chipata Central Constituency Secretary Patrick Kalema says CSPR Provincial Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma should come out in the open and announce to the public that he is supporting an opposition political party and that he is also interested to contest as Member of Parliament.

Mr. Kalema says Mr. Nkhoma should not hide in the name of his organization, but tell the people what his agenda is, and stop criticizing leaders who are working hard in developing their constituencies

Eastern Water recovers K38,000 from customers

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company has so far collected 38,000 Kwacha after engaging bailiffs to recover unsettled water bills amounting to 10.5 million Kwacha.

Company Commercial Manager Mukela Simbuwa says that the money was recovered from 57 out of 80 customers that have so far been visited by bailiffs.

Mr. Simbuwa says that the company has a list of about 5,000 customers, who make up the 10.5 million Kwacha debt.

He says that no debtor is being treated special by bailiffs unless those who have engaged the company to work out a debt repayment plan.

And company Public Relations Officer Christabel Malama says that water theft continues to be a problem the company is battling with although it is not at a large scale.

Ms. Malama says that the company has introduced a new facility where those who report illegal water connections will be given a reward of 500 or 1000 Kwacha.

She further indicated that the water utility is introducing a number of systems, which clients will be using to pay their bills instead of standing in queues.

 

 

One year child drowns

A one year two months old child has drowned in a well in Ibex Compound of Katete district.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the unfortunate incident to Breeze News this morning.

Mr. Chilufya says the father to the child, Samuel Banda aged 28 reported to police that his son Samuel Banda junior drowned in a well at his neighbour’s house.

The Police Commissioner has strongly appealed to members of the public in all communities to ensure that open water wells are properly secured and covered to safeguard against incidents of drowning.

Mr. Chilufya says that this is a safety issue which all households and community leaders ought to reinforce to protect the lives of vulnerable children, the elderly and the less fortunate members of the community.

Government to complete all running projects

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kennedy Malama says government is committed to ensuring that all running projects are completed on time before embarking on new ones.

He says that government will also ensure fair distribution of hospital services because this is essential in an effectively functioning health delivery system.

Dr Malama said this after inspecting infrastructure projects and health services which included maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and Eye Hospital in Chipata.

The Permanent Secretary further inspected service provision at Chikoma Zonal Health Centre in Vubwi district.

Dr Malama, who is accompanied by Ministry of Health Director of Clinical Care and Diagnostic Services Dr Mzaza Nthele, is in Eastern Province checking on infrastructure projects  and provision of health services.

The Permanent Secretary inspected Chipata and Vubwi district hospitals that are being constructed at the cost of 10 million Kwacha and 13 million Kwacha respectively.

He inspected the prefabricated Antiretro Viral Treatment centre at Chipata Central Hospital and maternity wing at Mwami Adventist Hospital where he commended the role the church has continued to play in supplementing government’s effort in the provision of health care services to the people.

Dr Malama says the focus is being placed on ensuring that hospitals have all the necessary competencies and making certain that they operate according to their level.

Dr Malama says that government will strengthen and expand clinical disciplines at all levels of hospital care and enhance the efficiency of patient care at all points.

Over one million children trapped in child labour

Child labour still remains a challenge in society, as over one million children in Zambia are trapped in the problem.

Speaking when officiating at a two days training for the District Child Labour Committee, Chipata District Administrative Officer, Kapembwa Sikazwe, says majority of the children are working in the agricultural sector, which is the main economic activity for the province.

Mr. Sikazwe says the numbers are worrying because the district may be accounting for a bigger percentage of the children involved in child labour.

Mr. Sikazwe also noted that because Chipata district is near the borders with two countries, children in the district at a higher risk of being trafficked.

However, he says that government has made efforts in the fight against child labour.

He says government has enacted laws aimed at curbing the vice.

Mr. Sikazwe says government is happy that the District Child Labour Committee has continued itself to source for funds towards the fight against child labour.

The main aim of the training is to strengthen the capacity of the District Child Labour Committee in dealing with the problem of Child labour in the district.

MP Makebi accused of neglecting parts of his constituency

Villagers of Kasamanda in Chief Msoro’s area in Mambwe district have complained over the poor state of roads.

The villagers have told Breeze News that roads especially those linking the area to Katete district have not been worked on for over 20 years.

One of the villagers, Bornface Simushi says that Malambo Member of Parliament, Makebi Zulu promised during the late Chief Msoro’s burial that the Msoro-Katete road would be rehabilitated in June this year but nothing has been done up to now.

Mr. Simushi says that the villagers feel disappointed that nothing has been done especially that the law maker, who is also provincial minister got more votes from the area, for him to win the August 11 parliamentary election.

He claimed that Mr. Zulu has not visited the area from the time he was voted MP for Malambo constituency.

And when contacted Mr. Zulu indicated that he would be visiting Kasamanda this weekend.

Mr. Zulu invited the media to accompany him so that they can appreciate the situation on the ground.

BETUZ defends teachers involved in politics

The Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia, BETUZ has asked government to stop persecuting teachers, who are perceived to be supporting opposition political parties.

BETUZ Deputy General Secretary Henry Sinkala says it is uncalled for, for government to retire teachers on national interest for being perceived to be aligned to certain political parties.

Speaking during the commemoration of Teacher’s Day yesterday, Mr. Sinkala says some teachers have been transferred in unclear circumstances without being investigated.

He says every person has a right to belong to any political party that they feel has an agenda to develop the country.

But Mr. Sinkala was however, quick to caution the teachers against active politics, stating that civil servants should remain non- partisan.

He further says that the conditions of service for teachers remain largely neglected, which include the 2017 wage freeze.

Mr. Sinkala adds that government should improve the conditions of service for teachers.

And Teaching Council of Zambia, TCZ Senior Inspection Officer Henry Kamoko advised teachers to have a sense of self-esteem and be role models in society.

He says teachers should discharge their duties professionally, and be dedicated to their work, to help produce quality results for the leaners.

Mr. Kamoko says few teachers, who are a nuisance in society tarnish the general effort of the majority teachers, who are hard working.

Meanwhile, Acting Provincial Permanent Secretary Smith Mangalilo says it is the government’s role to empower teachers with all the necessary resources to ensure excellent execution of their duties.

He says government is committed to improving the conditions of service for teachers.

Teachers commemorate World Teacher’s Day

Teachers in Chipata have joined the rest of the world in commemorating this year’s World Teacher’s Day which falls today.

In his opening remarks at the commemoration ceremony in Chipata, provincial education officer, Allan Lingambe, has challenged teachers to be professional.

He says there is need for teachers to be role models in society, if they are to be respected.

Dr. Lingambe says this is the day that teachers come together and reflect on the positive things they have done in society, especially in the teaching fraternity

The commemoration has been characterized with drama dances.

The teachers are celebrating their day under the theme, “Teaching Freedom, Empowering Teachers”.

Meanwhile some teachers in Chipata district have been working for more than two years in acting positions.

Zambia National Union of Teachers ZNUT District Chairperson Isaac Ngoma further says that some teachers who upgraded their qualifications as far back as 2013 have not been upgraded.

Mr. Ngoma said this when delivering his speech in Mpezeni Zone to commemorate Teacher’s Day this morning.

He implored government to update the schools establishment to make it responsive to the current population and demands.

And Mr. Ngoma has advised teachers to celebrate their achievements and positive contributions to national development.

He says that the commemoration of Teacher’s Day is an opportunity to raise awareness to members of the public on the role the teachers play in shaping the morals in society.

Mr. Ngoma states that it is therefore, important that as teachers commemorate their day, they reflect on what they have so far achieved and also identify areas that need improvement.

Six nubbed for murder in Petauke district

Six criminal suspects have been arrested in Petauke district for allegedly killing an 82 year old man of Chinjili Village.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya has named the victim as Andisela Lungu, of Chief Nyamphande’s area.

Mr. Chilufya has told Breeze News the brutal murder incident occurred on Monday adding that the victim was attacked with stones and other blunt objects, which include sticks.

He says the victim was suspected of bewitching a relative of the suspects, which relative has since died.

Mr. Chilufya says the body of the victim is lying in Petauke District Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

He named the suspects as headman Chinjili, aged 44 years, Mary Njobvu aged 18 years, Frederick Daka aged 55, Harrison Mwale aged 31, Alick Kapele aged 24, and, Jaston Daka, whose age is not known, all of Chief Nyamphande’s area.

Mr. Chilufya says investigations are on-going and that all the suspects are in Police custody.

A bench warrant issued for three witnesses in a case of murder

The Chipata High Court has issued a bench warrant for three witnesses in a case of murder after they failed to appear before court on two occasions.

The state applied before Judge Mwamba Chanda that a bench warrant is issued to allow for the witnesses to attend the court session where 27 year old Yohanne Libonde is appearing for murdering his uncle.

The state said Matulino Ingwe, Tasila Mbewe and Stanley Libonde were witnesses in a case where Yohanne Libonde of Chuni village in Chief Mpezeni’s area in Chipata is accused of murdering his uncle, Size Mbewe in 2012.

The court heard that in December 2016 when the matter came up, the witnesses failed to appear before High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo who was sitting in the Chipata High Court.

The court ordered that a bench warrant be issued on 10th October, 2017 so that the witnesses can appear before court for the commencement of trial.

All the three witnesses who are reported to be relatives of the accused are alleged to have fled their homes.

 

Meanwhile, a Teacher who allegedly murdered his wife in Katete district has appeared for trial in the Chipata High Court.

Appearing before Judge Mwamba Chanda was Tobias Mwale, 33, a teacher at Omelo Mumba Primary School in Katete, who is accused of murdering his 26 years old wife, Mumba Kalaba, who was a nurse.

The state secured ten witnesses to testify but at the time of the accused first trial, only three were before court.

Before the state could proceed to call witnesses, the defense, through Legal Aid Counsel, John Phiri, applied that it had information that the accused suffered from Schizophrenia, a mental disorder involving a breakdown between thought, emotion and behaviour.

The disease also leads to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings including withdrawal from reality into fantasy and delusion.

The defense said according to information obtained, the grandmother, mother, father and sister of the accused all suffer from the same illness.

He said pursuant to section 17 sub section one of the criminal procedure Act of the laws of Zambia, the accused should be referred to any competent government medical institution to ascertain his state of mind and how it could have been at the time of committing the offence.

And Judge Chanda said the court had taken into account of the application by the defense and granted that the accused be taken to hospital to ascertain his mental state at the time of committing the offence for the purposes of sentencing.

 

 

 

But the court said that for the purposes of trial, the court will proceed with the three witnesses who were called to testify.

Particulars of the offence are that Tobias Mbewe, on 16th July, 2017, allegedly murdered his wife, Mumba Kalaba, after a quarrel at their matrimonial home in Katete.