Lundazi district is eyeing acquiring municipal status.
Speaking during inside council forum organised by Caritas Chipata, Lundazi council secretary, Magubwi Sinkolomba says, that Chipata is expected to attain city status, while Lundazi and Petauke are currently vying for municipal status.
Mr. Sinkolomba, however, indicated that the district is faced with a lot of challenges.
These include limited state land for expansion of the district, unskilled man power and lack of a fire tender.
And Mr. Simukolomba revealed the 2013 council plan to put up street lights, acquire enough state land for the expansion of the district and find a suitable site for a new grave yard.
Mr. Simukolomba also explained that the land between council and police station belonged to the local authority.
Speaking during the same meeting, Lundazi district senior agriculture officer, Fredrick Mwansa urged the council to include in their plans a library and a play pack.
Meanwhile participants resolved to constitute a community committee on land to help the council handle land issues and illegal development that has become rampart in the district.
Cholera is looming in Kamwala Compound of Chadiza district as residents have continued using plastic bags to answer the call of nature.
The residents, spoken to by Breeze News, say that they use plastic bags to answer the call of nature because the area does not have enough space to construct toilets.
The residents say that they have already started experiencing diarrhoea diseases, especially in children, because the used plastic bags are thrown carelessly.
They have appealed to government to construct them fee paying public toilets because only a few people with enough space have pit latrines.
Police in Lundazi district have arrested a woman who dumped her baby in the bush after giving birth.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalila confirmed this to Breeze News.
Ms. Chipalila named the suspect as Benadict Misozi Nyirenda aged 18 of Mphamba area.
Ms. Chipalila says that the incident happened on Tuesday when people discovered a body of a baby in the bush and suspected the woman who was pregnant to be the mother.
She says that the suspect was taken to Lundazi District Hospital where she was found to be bleeding heavily and doctors proved that she had given birth within 48 hours.
Ms. Chiplaila says that the woman is currently in police custody.
A one by four classroom block at Lusuntha Day Secondary school has been blown off by a storm due to heavy rains.
Head teacher, Modest Chibala confirmed that two classroom blocks, a store room containing teaching and learning materials have been socked.
Mr. Chibala says that this has caused four non examination classes to be suspended awaiting inspection from the DEBS, District Education Board Secretary’s office.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni is today expected to move from his Inphendukeni palace in Feni to Laweni in Mtenguleni ahead of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony, which will be held this Saturday.
The movement of the Ngoni paramount chief is expected to attract hundreds of people who normally line up the streets to catch a glimpse of the traditional leader.
This year’s Nc’wala ceremony is expected to be graced by Republican President, Michael Sata while South Africa head of state, Jacob Zuma and Malawian President, Joyce Banda are also expected to attend the event.
Authorities at Chadiza Day High School have dismissed a media report that more than 40 thousand Kwacha rebased school funds were misapplied.
Head teacher, Focus Phiri says that the statement is misleading because the school never used such money for administration purposes such as tea break for teachers.
Mr. Phiri also says that it is not true that parents refused to pay an annual increment of the school fees from 170 to 350 Kwacha rebased because of alleged abuse of money.
The school head teacher says that investigations carried out by the school have revealed that the media, who covered the meeting, were misled by one of the parents.
He says that although various issues discussed during the PTA, Parents Teacher Association meeting attracted huge debate, the issue of money was never discussed.
Mr. Phiri told Breeze News this morning that parents and teachers agreed to set up another date on which the issue of the school fund would be discussed.
Villagers surrounding Chanida Border in Chadiza district have castigated area Member of Parliament, Allan Mbewe for not visiting his constituency.
The villagers say that they have not seen the MP since the time he was voted into office.
They told Breeze News that this has hindered development in the area because they do not have someone to represent them on developmental issues.
But when contacted for a comment, Chadiza Central Member of Parliament, Allan Mbewe refuted the allegations saying that he has been visiting villages surrounding Chanida Border but he has not held a meeting with them.
He says that the last time he was in the area was on Thursday last week but did not hold a meeting because he did not want to disturb people, who were busy with their farm work.
Meanwhile most villages in Chadiza District will face hunger as crops have not performed well due to late distribution of the government subsidized inputs.
Affected areas include, Tafelason and Chanida border, where the villagers have heaped the blame on government.
But the Ministry of Agriculture, however, feels that some farmers might escape the hunger as they will reap a bumper harvest.
Chipata Municipal Council is investigating an incident where its officers who were closing bars operating beyond stipulated time last Friday had to run for their lives after some bar owner at Kapata Market turned violent.
Town Clerk, Ekan Chigangu confirmed that he had received a report that some bar owners become unruly and wanted to beat the officers.
Mr. Chigangu also says that the local authority wants to engage a named political party, which seems to be interfering in its operations especially when it comes to enforcing by-laws.
And Mr. Chigangu has warned that the council will withdraw trading license from bar operators that do not stick to the stipulated time.
He says that it is important for bar owners and political parties to understand that the council has an obligation to enforce by-laws.
The Anti-Voter Apathy Project AVAP has joined calls asking for concrete corruption evidence against former President, Rupiah Banda before his immunity is removed.
Provincial Coordinator, Maumba Ngoma says that justice should prevail in the matter and that it should be free from political interference.
Mr. Ngoma says that it is important that people put the interest of the nation first and avoid issuing statements in order to please the PF, Patriotic Front Government or Mr. Rupiah Banda.
And Mr. Ngoma says that it wrong for UPND, United Party for National Development and MMD, Movement for Multi-Party Democracy to suggest that tax payers’ money went to waste when pursuing former President, Dr. Frederick Chiluba’s corruption cases.
Mr. Ngoma has charged that the London judgment, which went against the late former head of state, was not registered because of lack of political will.
Eastern Centre for Young People with Disability has accused other disabled organisations in Lusaka of frustrating efforts to lobby government for the creation of for their own ministry.
Speaking to Breeze News, Chief Executive Officer, David Lungu, says disabled organisations in the province are aware of organisations which are trying to block calls for disabled people to have their own representation.
Mr. Lungu says these disabled organisations do not want disabled people to have independent representation because of fear of losing direct funding from donors.
He has warned that these organisations will soon be exposed.
Mr. Lungu has however, vowed that disabled organisations in the province will continue to pursue for an independent disabled ministry because this is what Malawi and South Africa have done.