Zambia has beaten Botswana 2-nil to advance to the final qualifying stage of the Orange 2014 African Nations Championship in South Africa.
The Chipolopolo boys advanced to the second round 3-1 on aggregate after a dominating performance against the Zebras at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday
The Chipolopolo boy’s first goal came through midfielder Festus Mbewe in the 48th minute of the game.
The Herve Renard drilled side doubled their lead in the 77th minute through striker Evans Kangwa.
Zambia will now face Zimbabwe or Mauritius, who are expected to lock horns this afternoon.
However, Zimbabwe go into the game with a 3-nil win in the first CHAN encounter played in Mauritius last Sunday.
Less than half of the targeted 38, 487 males have so far been circumcised in Eastern Province this year.
This has forced the Ministry of Health to double the target for August from 2000 to 4000 so that they can reach the year target by the end of 2013.
Speaking during a press briefing, Provincial Medical Officer, Dr Kennedy Malama said the provincial target for this year is to circumcise 38, 487 males, yet only 8, 857 have been circumcised so far.
The Medical Doctor stressed the need for campaigns to be intensified if the province is to meet the yearly target as the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate stands at 10.3 per- cent.
And Dr Malama further says that although the country is suffering from a severe shortage of ARVs, the province has not been badly affected by the crisis.
However, Dr Malama says the Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation closely.
The United Party for National Development UPND will not contest the Mkaika and Petauke Central parliamentary by-elections slated for September 5.
The party has instead opted to contest Malambo and Mulobezi parliamentary seats.
UPND Deputy National Chairperson for Youth and Sports Development, Michael Chuzu confirmed this to Breeze News.
Mr. Chuzu says that during a meeting held in Lusaka yesterday, UPND resolved to allow the MMD, Movement for Multi-Party Democracy contest the Mkaika and Petauke central seats.
He says that UPND hopes that MMD will understand the decision taken by his party to contest Malambo because UPND also needs to establish its presence in Eastern Province.
And Mr. Chuzu says that the party is still consulting which candidate to float in the Malambo election.
He refused to state if former MP, Maxwell Mwale was among those who have applied to contest the seat, which he lost after the courts’ decision to nullify his election.
Thirty-one people have died in different road traffic accidents from January to March this year in Eastern Province.
And the province has recorded 469 road traffic accidents from January to June this year.
Division Traffic Officer, Muyenge Wapa says most of these accidents are due to faults by drivers.He was speaking during an epidemic preparedness meeting being held in Chipata.
Mr. Wapa said that he could not give details for deaths recorded in the period April to June because it had not yet been fully compiled.
About 75 people who were employed by Libyan Construction Company to construct Tafelasoni Bridge in Chadiza district this morning stormed the District Commissioners’ Office demanding payments for their six months’ salary arrears.
Group Chairperson, Masauso Banda says that the company owes each worker 1,750 Kwacha.
The angry workers say that they will close the bridge if they will not be paid their salary arrears.
And Libyan Construction Company Director, Den Phiri says that the company will pay the workers before the end of this week.
Mr. Phiri however, did not state exactly when the workers will get their money.
The Patriotic Front PF Party Youth Wing has backed Transparent International Zambia’s statement to question ECZ, the Electoral Commission of Zambia, why it is allowing parliamentary candidates who have been found with corrupt cases to re-contest their seats, contrary to the provision of the law.
PF Copperbelt Youth Secretary, Chanda Kabwe says that ECZ should explain why Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Reuben Mtolo Phiri was allowed to re-contest the seat after being found guilty of a corruption case.
In a press statement availed to Breeze News Mr. Kabwe further says that if the ECZ are not giving a proper explanation on the matter, it means that it has allowed political parties not to follow the ECZ act number 22 of 2006.
The ECZ act number 22 bars candidates who have been found guilty of any corruption and illegal activity by the courts of law from re-contesting their seats.
He adds that if act number 22 of 2006 is followed by political players, it will mean that former Petauke Central Member of Parliament, Dora Siliya and former Malambo Member of Parliament, Maxwell Mwale will not be allowed to re-contest their seats.
Mr. Kabwe has advised ECZ to be impartial in administrating elections in the country and cleanse itself of elements that are allowing their partisan inclinations to distort their objectivity, adding that it is wrong for ECZ to exaggerate the duration of a ZNBC presidential political advert.
The Drug Enforcement Commission, DEC, has appealed to people in Eastern Province to be on the lookout for counterfeit notes.
Speaking to Breeze News, DEC Public Relations Officer, Samuel Silomba says that a lot of counterfeit notes, especially old 20 Kwacha notes and new 100 Kwacha notes are in circulation.
Mr Silomba says that farmers are the ones who are usually found with counterfeit notes because they are being targeted by those in the illegal business.
He noted that farmers are usually swindled after selling their farm produce by some brief case buyers because of the excitement of wanting to sell their produce early.
Meanwhile, Mr Silomba stated that DEC arrests people almost on a daily basis because of being in possession of fresh and loose cannabis.
He also stated that DEC arrests people with counterfeit notes almost after every two weeks.
The DEC Spokesperson says that Time Phiri who was found with 300 Kwacha fake notes while depositing 83,250 Kwacha notes a few weeks ago will soon appear in court.
Police in Chipata have launched a manhunt for three suspects in connection with a broad daylight aggravated robbery where 195, 000 Kwacha was stolen from a Zambia Breweries employee.
Eastern Division Deputy Police Commissioner Alfred Nawa said the incident occurred on Umodzi Highway around 13hours near Hillside Girls secondary school on Monday.
This incident happened when a Zambia Breweries cashier, Wilson Ngulube was on his way to deposit cash at Barclays bank.
Mr Nawa stated that as the vehicle reached Hillside Girls, an oncoming vehicle flashed lights and blocked him and the driver; three people then disembarked and went to their vehicle where they forced themselves into the vehicle through the rear passenger door.
He said Mr Ngulube used a hired Toyota Corolla registration number ABK 981 which was being driven by Samuel Moyo.
Mr Nawa said the three suspects who were armed with unknown type of firearms then sprayed the occupants of the vehicle with chilly.
He stated that the driver was held at gunpoint and ordered to drive to St. Monica’s and later along Malawi road to Mwami border.
The police deputy commissioner further said the occupants of the vehicle were later forced out of the vehicle at a bush where they were tied to a tree and left.
Mr Nawa said the assailants got away with the motor vehicle, 195, 000 Kwacha cash and a cheque worth 55, 418 kwacha.
Residents of Wachepa village in Chief Kapatamoyo’s area in Chipata district are still living in tents since October 2011.
This is despite government’s pronouncement in February this year that they will construct them houses after their houses were demolished by bailiffs.
Headwoman Wachepa, Elizabeth Chirwa told Breeze News that the tents are not safe to live in because they are now torn.
Mrs. Chirwa says that the villagers are still waiting for government who promised to construct them new houses, since it was the bailiffs that demolished their houses.
But Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Bert Mushala says that his office has no written document to prove that government will construct houses for the Wachepa villagers.
In January this year, government procured the disputed land at Wachepa village, which was under the title of Kabalika Nkhwengwe.
The then Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba facilitated the purchase of the land by government for the villagers at a cost of 80 thousand kwacha. He promised that government will construct houses for the villagers.
Former Malambo Constituency Member of Parliament Maxwell Mwale has confirmed his decision to ditch MMD, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy.
Mr. Mwale told Breeze News that he now has desires to stand on UPND, United Party for National Development ticket, in the September 5th Malambo parliamentary by-election.
Mr Mwale says that the UPND has not adopted him yet contrary to reports from the media.
He says that he has decided to join UPND because the political landscape is pointing that UPND will form the next government.
The former MP said that he did not defect to UPND to seek protection adding that his court cases are all political charges that did not start with him and will not end with him.