People in Petauke District should prepare themselves for a serious water problem this year.
This follows revelations by Petauke District Commissioner, Elija Mwale that there will be a serious water problem in the district because of poor rainfall pattern.
Mr. Mwale told Breeze News that most streams in the district have dried up, an indication that access to water will be a big challenge.
He described the situation as a disaster for people and domestic animals.
And Mr. Mwale says that he is yet to check on the water situation in dams in the district.
Chipata Municipal Council has suspended operations for two Zambeef shops because of selling stale meat products.
The local authority has further confiscated expired 96 chicken pieces, 6.7 kilogrammes of loose chicken breasts, 31 packets of offals and 6 kilogrammes of French polony, which did not have expiry dates from the two Zambeef shops and Shoprite Chipata.
Acting Town Clerk Edward Zulu and the Chipata District Commissioner, Kalonga Zulu confirmed the development to Breeze News.
Mr Zulu says a team, which included the Zambia Police was put up to inspect the two Zambeef outlets at the Down Shops and Kapata after having been notified by the public that the meat products being sold had expired.
He says the council has charged Zambeef a penalty fee of 900 Kwacha rebased and have since suspended their operations until certain recommendations are met.
And Environmental health Officer, Hilary Tebeka also confirmed the exercise, which was conducted in the morning yesterday.
And Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu has warned the entire food processing organisations to desist from selling expired products.
He says anyone found wanting will face the wrath of the law although government does not want to be seen to be antagonistic.
The Anti-Corruption Commission ACC in Eastern Province has received about 50 reports of corruption from January this year.
However, investigations have revealed that only 13 of these reports were directly linked to corruption.
ACC Regional Manager, Raymond Banda confirmed this to Breeze News, stating that some of the cases have had to be transferred to other security wings.
And Mr. Banda says that it is important for people to understand that not all reports that are made to ACC are related to corruption.
He explained that according to the ACC Act, officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission cannot investigate a suspected corruption case without authority from the ACC director general.
Mr. Banda was responding to concerns raised by some Chipata residents that the ACC does not investigate some cases, which are reported to the commission.
The ACC Regional Manager however, appealed to residents to follow up on cases reported to the commission, stating that Zambians have a duty to report criminal activities to security agencies.
Journalists in Chipata on Monday took time to do charity work at Chipata General Hospital ahead of the World Press Freedom Day, which falls on May 3rd.
The journalists, who are members of Chipata Press Club, cleaned the Mother’s Shelter and swept the premises of the building.
And the Senior Hospital Administrator, Webster Chisaka commended the Press Club for the works done saying that the good gesture shown to the hospital should also be extended to other departments.
Mr Chisaka says that different people go to the hospital to be treated and as such a conducive and clean environment should be maintained.
He says the hospital is putting up many more new structures with the help of the government and that over 100,000 Kwacha rebased has been spent.
He called for the public to work hand in hand with journalists and give them support, to build and not to destroy, as press freedom day is commemorated.
This year’s World Press Freedom Day will be commemorated under the theme, “Safety for Journalists and Media Workers.”
The project of tarring the Chipata-Lundazi road will be completed two months behind schedule.
Sable Construction Company, Managing Director, Nazir Aloo confirmed the development to Breeze News.
Mr. Aloo says that the works, which were supposed to be completed next month, will delay because the consultant Baycon had by last week not yet given the contractor Design Reviews for township roads in Lundazi district.
He however, explained that the company was only remaining with about 10 kilometres to reach Lundazi boma in the tarring works.
And Mr. Aloo says that Sable Construction Company is next month expected to reach Mambwe Boma in tarring the Chipata-Mfuwe road.
He says that although the company has encountered what he described as contractual issues, works are being done with a lot of activity taking place in the road works.
Last week the RDA, Road Development Agency indicated that Sable Construction Company had applied for extension of contract for both tarring works on the Chipata-Lundazi and Chipata-Mfuwe roads.
Some filling stations in Chipata have suspended their 24 hours services due to a number of security concerns in the district.
Speaking to Breeze News this morning, the Director of Kavulamungu Group of Companies, Salim Mitha says Total Filling Station has been robbed 3 times before by armed thieves.
Mr. Mitha says that management could no longer continue to put employees’ lives at risk and decided to do away with 24 hours service.
He says he had written to the Zambia Police to assist with security services but police indicated that they do not provide armed security personnel at business premises.
And when contacted for comment, Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalila says that she is not aware that Total Filling Station had asked for police protection.
Ms. Chipalila says that management at Total Filling Station should engage the police on the matter.
Breeze FM radio has scooped two awards in the Misa Zambia 2013 Annual Media Awards.
Breeze FM staffer in Lusaka Naomi Mwimba reports that Breeze scooped the Best Children Participation and the Best HIV Reporting Awards.
The programs were produced by George Luanja, Samuel Ndhlovu and Glenda Mathotho.
And speaking during the award ceremony, deputy minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mwansa Kapeya said that the awards were an important platform for promotion of media freedom.
Mr. Kapeya also said that government was excited that Misa Zambia had come up with an initiative to motivate journalists and promote professionalism.
Petauke’s Radio Explorer is another radio station from Eastern Province, which scooped an award in the Community Radio, HIV and AIDS Award.
Daily Mail staffer, Darlington Mwendabai, who is based in Eastern Province, also walked away with an award in the Best Telecommunication Award category.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock says that government is supporting a free economy.
Provincial Agricultural Coordinator, Dr. Obvious Kabinda says that this is aimed at promoting competition among business players in the country.
Dr. Kabinda says that competition among business players would result in improved delivery of goods and services to the farmers in the country.
He said this during the Pioneer Farmer Input Support Programme, FISP, Best Farmers Competition and New Hybrid Launch of National Field Day Limited held at Madzimoyo in Chipata.
He said as agriculture was a key to economic driver of the national development alongside tourism, energy and mining, government would continue to pay particular attention to diversification and expansion of the agriculture sector.
Dr. Kabinda said FISP has benefited many farmers.
Some youths in Chipata have expressed concern with lack of employment in the country.
This comes in light of the Labour Day commemoration, which will fall on the 1st of May.
Precious Seketa says the job situation in Zambia seems to have worsened in the recent years and that she has since resorted to doing business.
She says that some of the initiatives government was thinking of putting in place to help alleviate the job situation are workable if only they ensure that there will be equal opportunities for all youths.
And a Taxi driver, Samuel Phiri says because of a lack of jobs, he came up with an initiative to begin pirating his car, but says that despite his personal efforts to employ himself, Government is still hampering his efforts through the Road Transport and Safety Agency RTSA.
He says he understands that they have a job to do but that they must follow procedure because they are not criminals but are key stakeholders who play a pivotal role in the transport industry.
Over nine thousand people in Chieftaines Nyanje’s area in Petauke district are drinking water from the same source with domestic animals.
The problem, which has badly hit people in Kanjiwa area, has been attributed to lack of boreholes.
Kanjiwa Community Health Worker, Agrippa Phiri disclosed this to Breeze News in Petauke district.
Mr. Phiri says that the 15 villages, which are facing the critical shortage of water, only have two boreholes.
He says that Chipundu, Chitumba, Mataya, Matambazi Kakonje, Watch and Yason are among the affected areas.
Mr. Phiri has appealed to government to intervene through drilling of boreholes.
And one of the villagers from Matambazi says women have to wake up as early as 03 hours to fetch the commodity from Matambazi stream before animals makes the water dirty.