Two Chinese nationals are nursing serious injuries at Chipata General Hospital after they were attacked by robbers early Tuesday morning.
Nurse in charge at Chipata General Hospital, Nelly Banda named the two as Michael Chan who has sustained a deep cut on the head and a fractured arm and Evan Lame whose condition is stable.
Ms. Banda says that the two were admitted to the hospital around 02 hours this morning.
And Eastern Province Deputy Commissioner for Police, Alfred Nawa confirmed the development saying that the incident occurred around 01 hours this morning when armed robbers attacked AST Cotton Company, situated in Chipata Motel area.
He says that the armed robbers are believed to be three according to a watchman at the company only identified as Mr. Banda who was also attacked.
Mr. Nawa says that police are investigating the matter to bring the culprits to book.
President Michael Sata, has sent a message of goodwill to the Zambia national soccer team ahead of the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations finals, which kicks off in South Africa this weekend.
This is contained in a press statement availe to Breeze News by the Presidents Special Assistant for Press and Publlic Relations Goerge Chellah.
The President says the Chipolopolo boys should once again represent the country with determination, passion and pride to overcome all obstacles they will encounter at the 16-nation tournament.
He has urged the team to maximise their unlimited potential, as they did at the 2012 edition in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, and aim for the ultimate prize.
President Sata says as champions, the burden to prove their true worthiness is greater, and that of equal proportion should be their ambition to remain the top team on the continent.
The Head of State, who is also Football Association of Zambia FAZ patron, urged the team to turn every challenge into an opportunity and exploit their chances to the fullest.
He says his personal and Government’s support of the team is borne not only out of the love for football but strong conviction in the unending potential of the boys, backroom staff and FAZ officials.
Zambia are in Group C with 1994 champions Nigeria, 1962 winners Ethiopia and Burkina Faso at the competition which starts on January 19 and ends on February 10.
The number of illegal foreign traditional healers and witchdoctors is reported to be on the increase in Chipata district.
This has worried Kanjala Ward Councillor, Jealous Phiri, who has appealed to government to quickly address the matter.
Mr. Phiri has alleged that the traditional healers and witchdoctors are contributing to the increase in crime cases in the area as they are difficult to be identified because they are foreigners.
He says that government should engage THPAZ, the Traditional Healers of Zambia on the matter or revoke their operating licence for allowing such a situation to take root.
Mr. Phiri has also appealed to the Immigration Department to investigate foreigners saying that a lot of them are staying in Zambia without legal documents.
And Mr. Phiri has urged people in his ward to stop taking the law in their own hands whenever they find a person breaking the law.
Mr. Phiri was reacting to an incident where some people assaulted a person on suspicion that he was practising Satanism.
A 12 year old girl of Kapata Township in Chipata has been defiled by a man whose age is not yet known.
And a 6 year old girl of the same area believed to be a young sister to the defiled girl has been assaulted on her body parts by the same man.
Eastern Province Deputy Commissioner of Police, Alfred Nawa who confirmed this says that the girl was defiled on Saturday around 18 hours.
Mr. Nawa says that the man who is currently on the run and is not related to the girls entered the house where the girls are staying then defiled and assaulted the two sisters.
Mr. Nawa says that the incident was reported to the police by the guardian to the two girls who was not at home when it happened.
And Mr. Nawa says that police are investigating a case where a Zambian truck driver from Nyimba district was found dead in Mozambique.
Mr. Nawa says that James Milanzi aged 33, working as a driver for Sushi or T and T transport of Kapiri Mposhi went missing on Thursday last week and was discovered dead on the second day.
He says that the matter was reported to Chipata Central Police Station adding that the matter is being investigated.
The Ministry of Education owes teachers and officers in Eastern Province about 46 billion Kwacha.
Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza told Breeze News that the owed money is in salary related arrears which are leave terminal benefits, travel terminal benefits and settling in allowances.
Mr. Mwanza says that the outstanding bill is for both retirees and those that are still serving.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba has advised the PEO to write to his office so that he can quickly forward the matter to relevant authorities.
Mr. Mwamba says that it is shocking that government is busy advising civil servants to work hard and yet they are being owed huge sums of money by the same government which he says is not good.
He says that paying civil servants the owed amount is the only way to motivate them so that they work hard.
Chadiza district has been hit with critical shortage of CD4 Count Reagents, paralyzing CD4 Count services for HIV/AIDS clients.
Chadiza District Medical Officer, Swali Fundafunda, who confirmed the development, has appealed to cooperating partners to help the district because the situation is critical.
Dr. Fundafunda says at the moment clients were being referred to Chipata General Hospital, Mwami and Saint Frances Mission Hospital in Katete to conduct their CD4 Count.
Meanwhile the Chadiza District Health Team has intensified sensitization campaigns on the prevention of waterborne diseases like cholera in the area.
Dr. Fundafunda says the ministry is trying to ensure that the district does not experience any serious cases of cholera.
He warned the community that with the onset of the rains, there is fear that there may be outbreak of waterborne diseases.
The district medical officer says that there is need for community sensitization on the need to maintain high standards of hygiene in their homes.
Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone has directed the local authority and the Forestry Department to ensure that illegal settlers that have encroached on forestry land vacate the area.
Mr. Sichone observes that there is so much lawlessness which has led to increased unplanned settlements in the province.
This follows concerns raised by Chipata Central Member of Parliament Mtolo Phiri on what government is doing about the encroachment of over 8,000 hectares of forest land in his constituency.
Mr. Sichone wonders why Chipata Municipal Council applied to de-gazette the forest area when the area in question was gazetted as forestry land.
He says government will not allow a situation where land is de-gazetted to accommodate illegal settlers.
Meanwhile, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba has warned politicians that want to gain political mileage through illegal allocation of land.
Mr. Mwamba says politicians that would be found wanting will be brought down as government will ensure that they face the wrath of the law regardless of their political affiliation.
The construction of the long awaited sewer ponds at Chadiza district Hospital has been completed.
The district hospital could have been opened a long time ago but that the Ministry of Health was waiting for the contractor to finish putting up the ponds.
Chadiza District Medical Officer, Swali Fundafunda, confirmed that all the three ponds, which were under construction including the fence, have been completed.
Dr. Fundafunda told Breeze News in Chadiza that the only remaining works at the hospital is lying of concrete slabs on manholes and planting of Simba grass.
He further stated that the connection of sewerage pipes to the service blocks, maternity and children’s wards is also expected to be done soon.
Eastern Province has recorded a total number of 1, 035 road traffic accidents in the year 2012.
This came to light Friday evening during the annual ball for the Zambia Police Service held in Chipata.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira says that the accidents had increased from 941 recorded in 2011 because of high activities happening on the road.
Mrs. Chipalira says that these accidents can be avoided if road users obey traffic rules.
Mrs. Chipalira also says that the stretch between Nyimba and Lunagwa is a death trap as human life is lost on it at an alarming rate.
And Mrs Chipalira says that the province had taken a total of 1,109 cases to court and recorded 551 convictions, 47 acquittals while 261 cases are pending from last year.
She however says that despite receiving more cases in 2012, crime cases have reduced in the province.
Police officers in Eastern Province have been advised to desist from corrupt tendencies.
Home Affairs Deputy Minister Alfrida Kansembe says that police officers should instead assist government in its quest to fight corruption.
Mrs. Kansembe was speaking Friday evening at the annual ball for police officers held in Chipata.
The Home Affairs Deputy Minister says that police officers should lead exemplary lives so that members of the public can have greater confidence in them.
Mrs. Kansembe says that government will leave no room to officers who indulge themselves in corrupt tendencies.
She says that they can never be meaningful development in the country if corruption thrives because resources meant for development will end up in few people’s pockets.
Ms. Kansembe has also urged police officers to stay away from active politics stating that those who intend to join politics should resign from their duties as police officers.