The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD in Mambwe district has expressed worry with closure of the main road between Chisengu to Mambwe Boma.
Speaking to Breeze News, MMD Chairperson Zefenia Kaleya says there is no way government would allow closure of the road to a key area where there is a district hospital and a boarding school.
Mr. Kaleya says Sable Contractors was supposed to make detours within the roadsides because it will now be difficult to get to the hospital quickly with emergency cases.
He says people in the area are now inconvenienced as they are forced to use Chisengu-Mzinga route via Mambwe boma to Mfuwe.
Mr. Kaleya called on government to intervene by directing Sable Construction Company to make deviations to ensure that there is easy access to Kamoto Mission hospital.
Sable Construction Company could not be reached for comment by News time.
Government has revealed that the FRA, Food Reserve Agency in Eastern Province duplicated payments worth over 1.5 billion Kwacha last marketing season.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba has demanded for an explanation from FRA in Eastern Province why payments worth over 1.5 billion were duplicated.
In a letter dated 28th December 2012 and written to the FRA Provincial Coordinator, Mr. Mwamba has disclosed that Government has likely lost over 630 million Kwacha as these payments could not be reversed as the money were already withdrawn.
Mr. Mwamba has explained that a satisfactory explanation should be provided as he was likely to treat the matter as a clear case of fraud since government had lost colossal sums of money.
He has stated that records available to him showed that one billion five hundred and thirty-four million and sixty-five thousand Kwacha was duplicated during the last marketing season.
He has stated that although FRA instituted recovery measures, he is concerned that over 630 million Kwacha remained unaccounted for as farmers had withdrawn these duplicated payments.
He has expressed concern that although records showed that all farmers were paid, Eastern Province had some districts such as Nyimba whose farmers were still not paid and the recovery of the 630 million could help pay off the outstanding debt.
He has also expressed further concern that government is spending huge sums of money on the maize marketing program but fraud activities were still occurring in the system.
The permanent secretary has stated that it is also imperative that all the maize purchased was kept in proper storage facilities.
FRA in Eastern Province bought 3.8 million by 50 kilogramme bags of Maize worth over 248 billion Kwacha.
And Mr. Mwamba has disclosed that recently FRA terminated the contract of Provincial Marketing Coordinator Mr. Godfrey Munyoro.
A 40 year old woman has died on the spot while five other passengers sustained multiple body injuries when the vehicle they were in was involved in a road accident in Lundazi district.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalila confirmed the fatal accident in Lundazi.
She says that Valinase Phiri of Kalopa Compound in Lundazi district died on the spot.
Ms. Chipalila says the accident, which involved a Toyota Hilux registration number ALD 9356, happened yesterday along Lundazi -Lusuntha border road.
She said the vehicle, which was driven by Gilbert Mulenga aged 38 of Messengers’ Compound in Lundazi, had five passengers on board and was coming from Mbwandila market
situated along Zambia-Malawi border.
She says that the accident happened when the driver lost control resulting in the vehicle overturning in the process.
Ms. Chipalila says the body of Valinase Phiri is still in Lundazi district hospital mortuary waiting for post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death.
She disclosed that police have since apprehended Mulenga and detained him in police custody awaiting appearance in court soon.
He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Politicians in Eastern Province have been advised to dialogue with one another whenever there is a misunderstanding in there parties.
Energy Permanent Secretary George Kanyamula Zulu says that dialogue is the only way that problems can be solved peacefully.
Mr. Zulu says that it is not good for people to be having unnecessary fights on issues that can easily be solved if they sit down and talk to each other.
And Mr. Zulu says that he personally feels that the Patriotic Front Party should sit down with the former Chipata Central Member of Parliament Lameck Mangani to help solve the differences that are mounting in the party in the province.
Mr. Zulu also advised Mr. Mangani not to rush to the media when he hears that something bad was said about him but consult from the PF top officials to avoid confusion.
Mr. Zulu was speaking in an interview with Breeze News.
Petauke district has a shortage of four metric tons of maize seeds and chemicals to help farmers whose fields where attacked by army worms.
District Commissioner Elijah Mwale confirmed this to Breeze FM correspondent in Petauke, Mercy Maseko.
Mr. Mwale says that the shortage is because a lot of farmers’ fields in the district were attacked by the army worms.
He says that on Monday this week, about 9 metric tons of maize seed and some chemicals was given out to farmers in Kapoche and Msanzala Constituencies.
Mr. Mwale says that the number of farmers who still need assistance is high and that there is need for the Ministry of Agriculture to give the district more maize seed and chemicals.
And Mr. Mwale has urged farmers to continue reporting cases of army worms.
Government says cases of Gender Based Violence, GBVs, in Eastern Province have to be handled in a professional manner in order to bring perpetrators to book.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba, says that in most cases, perpetrators of GBVs are set free without proper explanations.
Mr. Mwamba says that this is why police officers, Medical doctors and magistrates have to treat such cases professionally so that the culprits are convicted.
Mr. Mwamba says that defilement cases, rape and other related cases that happen within families are not reported to relevant authorities resulting in culprits escaping justice.
He says that situations like these contribute to the rise in such cases.
Mr. Mwamba was speaking during the official opening of a workshop for Medical doctors, Magistrates and prosecutors organised by the department of Gender Based Violence in Chipata.
And Mr. Mwamba says that reports of GBV have continued to escalate not only in Eastern Province but in the country as a whole.
He says that government has put up a law to have district attorneys which will help decentralise the DPP, Director of Public Prosecutions office for justice to be administered in a fair manner.
Irate farmers on Thursday stormed the office of the District Agricultural Coordinator in Lundazi district to protest over the decision to suspend the distribution of inputs under FISP, the Farmer Input Support Programme by OMNIA fertilizer.
Chazevu Cooperative Chairperson Richard Lungu and Bokosi Cooperative Secretary, Lambson Zyambo told Breeze FM Correspondent in Lundazi Mtambwa Nkhoma that they wanted to know why Omnia had suspended the distribution exercise.
The duo expressed sadness on the development as it is the second time that it is happening.
The two cooperative leaders said that Senior Agricultural Officer, Fredrick Mwansa had informed them that the problem is national.
And the two cooperative leaders also complained that they had been given maize seed without fertilizer and told to use their own transport in ferrying the inputs, which they described as discouraging.
When contacted for a comment, Lundazi District Agricultural Coordinator, Philemon Lungu said the suspension exercise by Omnia has not come to his attention.
Mr. Lungu referred all queries to the Provincial Agriculture Coordinator, who could not be reached for comment by News time.
A 21 year old man of Kaimba Village in Chief Kazembe’s area in Lundazi district has died after being beaten by three men.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira, confirmed the incident.
Mrs. Chipalila says that Jackson Ngúni was beaten on Monday and died on Wednesday at Lundazi District Hospital, after sustaining serious injuries.
And Breeze FM Correspondent in Lundazi, Mtambwa Nkhoma reports that relatives of Jackson also confirmed the death.
One suspect, Penias Chavula of Kaimba village is in police custody in Lundazi while the other two are on the run.
Chipata district has received 31 metric tonnes of maize seed to be given to farmers whose crops might have been damaged by army worms.
Acting District Agriculture Coordinator, DACO, Chrisborne Mubamba who confirmed this to Breeze News says that the maize seeds will only be given out upon verification that the field has been damaged by army worms.
And Dr. Mubamba says that army worms have attacked two fields belonging to Headman Kapinga in Chiwoko area of Chipata district.
Dr. Mubamba however says that the two fields have been sprayed and the situation is under control.
Dr. Mubamba appealed to the general public to report to his office if they see suspected army worms anywhere.
A 51 year old headman has been axed to death by his nephew in Lundazi district.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalaila has confirmed the incident to Breeze News this morning.
Ms. Chipalila says that Benson Tembo who is headman Mgidi was murdered by his nephew Tryson Tembo aged 38 after he was axed twice in the head.
She says that the incident happened after the two relatives differed over the issue of leadership.
Ms. Chipalila says that police have since launched a manhunt for Tryson Tembo who is currently on the run.
Meanwhile a 24 year old man has died after being hit with a stick on the head by a 14 year old boy in Chipata district.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalila confirmed the incident which occurred around 23 hours on Monday at Chindime village in Chief Chanje’s area.
Mrs. Chipalira says that Mufayo Banda was hit with a stick by Waxon Chirwa in the camp house locally known as “Dambwe” where they were camping as the Gule wamkulu group members.
Mrs. Chipalira says that Banda died on the spot and his body is currently lying in Chipata General Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.
She says that the suspect is on the run and police are investigating the case.