Voters in Kasenengwa and Vubwi constituencies are voting to choose their members of parliament.

Voters in Kasenengwa and Vubwi parliamentary by-elections have started voting.

Breeze FM Staffer, Diana Ngwengayama reports that Chiparamba sub-centre polling station opened at exactly 06hours with over 100 people waiting to cast their vote.

Four candidates are participating in the by -election and these are Gideon Zulu of the ruling PF, Timothy Nyirenda of the UPND and Khumbiza Daka of UNIP, while Victoria Kalima is re-contesting the seat on the MMD ticket.

Meanwhile Breeze FM Staffer, Naomi Mwimba is in Vubwi Constituency and reports that Vubwi Basic School, polling station opened at 06hours with about 30 people waiting to vote in the by-election.

MMD are fielding Dr. Eustakio Kazonga, UNIP has Lucas Phiri, PF has floated Margaret Miti and UPND have fielded in Alfonso Phiri.

Meanwhile the ECZ, Electoral Commission of Zambia has gone ahead with its new system of transmitting election results electronically.

Chiparamba sub-centre polling station presiding officer, Admason Sakala has confirmed that polling centres have been told to update ECZ on the voting pattern after every three hours.

And voters in Solwezi Central, Mkushi South and Zambezi West are also voting to choose their members of parliament in a by-election.

Police warns to arrest those involved in electoral violence.

Opposition political parties planning to destroy ECZ, Electoral Commission of Zambia equipment, which will be used to transmit election results electronically, risk being arrested.

This is according to a statement availed to Breeze News by Police Spokesperson, Charity Munganga Chanda.

Mrs. Chanda has further warned political parties, who are planning to cause confusion or any form of violence during and after the elections that they will be arrested and taken to court.

She says that there are enough officers on the ground to handle any violence situation that may arise.

And police has urged electorates in the five constituencies where they are by elections today, to move freely as they cast their votes and report any incidence to the nearest police officer.

Mrs. Chanda says the role of the Zambia Police is to provide security and protection to the electorates, ECZ officials and government equipment as well as the stakeholders, who will be taking part in the by-election.

Meanwhile Mrs. Chanda has reiterated the need for the participating political parties, electorates and all stakeholders to abide by the electoral code of conduct

High number of sex workers worries provincial minister, Malozo Sichone.

Provincial Minister, Malozo Sichone has expressed worry with the high number of sex workers in Chipata.

Mr. Sichone has told Breeze News that such kind of business is illegal and a risk to one’s life.

He explained that he rescued a woman, who was almost raped by a man on one of the streets when he was coming from campaigns around 23 hours.

The Provincial Minister says that such activities are not only denting the image of the individuals but also giving a bad name to Chipata.

Mr. Sichone says that government is ready to empower women with good skills, so that they stop lining up on the streets for commercial sex at night.

Illegal street vendors cause confusion at Katete Stores Market.

Marketeers in Katete district especially those trading in vegetables have complained over the increase of illegal street vendors in the area.

Katete Stores Market Chairperson, Sainani Lungu told Breeze News in an interview that marketeers have abandoned their stands opting to trade from the street.

Mr. Lungu indicated that although street vending has backing from government, it should be applicable to areas where there are shortages of trading places other than Katete were there is enough space to trade from.

And one of the traders, Esther Mbewe, who is currently operating inside the market, also complained that they are currently facing a challenge in selling their vegetables due to vendors.

And Katete District Council Chairman, Abraham Zulu also complained that the local authority was losing about 50 per cent of revenue due to illegal street vending.

Mr. Zulu has indicated that the council was not collecting any levy as vendors were operating from corridors of people’s shops.

 

 

Close to 2000 cattle in Lundazi District have been vaccinated against East Coast Fever.

The Veterinary Department in Lundazi has vaccinated close to 2000 cattle against East Coast Fever.

Speaking to Breeze News, Lundazi District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kelvin Kampamba revealed that the Veterinary Department had targeted to vaccinate 2000 cattle last month and that 99 per cent of that was achieved.

Dr. Kampamba was pleased to note that vaccination of calves has tremendously improved in Lundazi.

And commenting in the rabies outbreak experienced in the Province, Dr Kampamba explained that the district has not yet recorded any confirmed rabies cases.

He however, says that the district had suspected rabid dogs which were destroyed and samples taken to Chipata for confirmation.

Dr Kampamba says that the district has about 400 doses of vaccines.

The Province has so far recorded three confirmed rabies related deaths.

 

 

Collection of garbage in Nyimba to improve.

Nyimba District Council has procured a tipper to be used in construction of roads and collection of garbage in the district.
Council Chairperson, Max Kapanta says that the buying of the tipper is part of the council’s plan to come up with complete road construction machinery.
Mr. Kapanta says that the council used the 2013 CDF, Constituency Development Fund to buy the tipper.
Nyimba district council, which was named the best performing local authority in Eastern Province, already bought a grader last year.Nyimba District Council has procured a tipper to be used in construction of roads and collection of garbage in the district.
Council Chairperson, Max Kapanta says that the buying of the tipper is part of the council’s plan to come up with complete road construction machinery.
Mr. Kapanta says that the council used the 2013 CDF, Constituency Development Fund to buy the tipper.
Nyimba district council, which was named the best performing local authority in Eastern Province, already bought a grader last year.
Mr. Kapanta however, could not disclose how much money was spent to purchase the tipper.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kapanta says that rehabilitation of feeder roads will commence by Tuesday next week.
He explained that the works had stalled because the council had problems to find a grader operator.

Mr. Kapanta however, could not disclose how much money was spent to purchase the tipper.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kapanta says that rehabilitation of feeder roads will commence by Tuesday next week.
He explained that the works had stalled because the council had problems to find a grader operator.

Nyimba District Council has procured a tipper to be used in construction of roads and collection of garbage in the district.
Council Chairperson, Max Kapanta says that the buying of the tipper is part of the council’s plan to come up with complete road construction machinery.
Mr. Kapanta says that the council used the 2013 CDF, Constituency Development Fund to buy the tipper.
Nyimba district council, which was named the best performing local authority in Eastern Province, already bought a grader last year.
Mr. Kapanta however, could not disclose how much money was spent to purchase the tipper.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kapanta says that rehabilitation of feeder roads will commence by Tuesday next week.
He explained that the works had stalled because the council had problems to find a grader operator.

The Forestry Department confiscates over 3,000 logs of Mkula tree after owner fails to produce authority documents.

The Forestry Department in Chipata has resolved to confiscate the 3, 864 logs of Mkula, which it impounded from a Chinese national last week.
This follows failure by the Chinese national only identified as Thom to submit to the department authority documents, which he used to procure the logs.
Acting Principal Forestry Officer, Sylvester Siame told Breeze News that the department cannot trace the Chinese national and that his phones are still off.
He says that according to information gathered so far, Thom is believed to be in Mozambique.
And Mr. Siame says that the department has received a report that some people want to temper with machines that were used to cut the timber at a named farm along Magwero road.
He says that the Forestry Department will move the logs from the farm to the district offices since they can never be auctioned.

Collection of garbage in Petauke town has stalled resulting in heaps of uncollected refuse.

Collection of garbage in Petauke town has stalled due to break down of a truck used to remove the refuse.
And authorities at the council have denied reports that the uncollected garbage is due to workers’ decision to down tools.
A check by Breeze News found heaps of uncollected garbage, which are making the town dirty while council workers involved in collection of refuse could not been seen
And when reached for comment, Petauke District Council Secretary, Pathias Sumba acknowledged the situation.
Mr. Sumba however, explained that the local authority has faced serious challenges to collect garbage in the town centre because the vehicle used to collect the refuse broke down.
He however, indicated that the council has already bought a new truck for garbage collection, but it has delayed because the supplier changed the make of the refuse truck.

 

Over 1 million kilograms of tobacco stuck without market in Eastern Province.

Over 1 million kilograms of tobacco from independent tobacco growers has not yet been bought in Eastern Province.

Tobacco Board of Zambia TBZ Chief Executive Officer, Samson Muyembe however, says that TBZ is negotiating with ZLTC, Zambia Leaf Tobacco Companyto start buying the remaining tobacco.

He revealed this during a News Maker’s Forum organised by the Press Freedom Committee of the Post.

And Mr. Muyembe attributed this year’s poor market for tobacco to China’s decision to reduce its tobacco imports by between 20 and 30 per cent.

Meanwhile, TBZ has come under attack for failing to address the challenges that farmers face when selling their produce.

TBZ Board Member, Ben Mahumbe had a tough time to explain to the famers on the role TBZ plays in the tobacco marketing as the farmers insisted that TBZ has failed to address their challenges.

The farmers then demanded that TBZ starts the role of regulating the tobacco marketing so that the same problems of merchants exploiting farmers, is not repeated in the next marketing season.

They also demanded that the merchants who buy tobacco should be holding meetings with their farmers to listen to their grievances.

 

The contractor working on the Lundazi- Kazembe road has abandoned the works.

The contractor working on the 90 kilometre Lundazi- Kazembe road has abandoned the works.
Lundazi District Commissioner, Janet Palukani confirmed this to Breeze News.
Ms. Palukani however, could not name the contractor but says that he is not seen at the site.
And Chris Nyirenda from Mankhombo village in Chief Kazembe’s area says that the road in question is in a deplorable state and becomes impassable during the rainy season.

He says that villagers in the area find it difficult to use the road when transporting their farm produce and when going to Lundazi for medical care.

Mr. Nyirenda has appealed to government to quickly engage another contractor who can finish the works as soon as possible.