The Veterinary Department says it is facing challenges to control illegal importation of poultry products and milk from Malawi.

The Veterinary Department has complained of facing challenges to control illegal importation of poultry products and milk from neighbouring Malawi.
Provincial veterinary officer, Arthur Mumbolomena attributed this to the porous nurture of the border between Zambia and Malawi.
Dr. Mumbolomena has urged people dealing in poultry products and importing milk from other countries, to follow procedure.
He explained that importing products without following procedure and regulations can easily bring diseases from other countries.
Dr. Mumbolomena further says that poultry products need to be certified to be safe for consumption, as some chemicals that are used in feeding chickens may not be safe.
He therefore, called on people to be reporting those who import poultry products and milk without following proper procedures.

MMD denies losing popularity in Eastern Province.

Movement for Multi-Party Democracy youths in Eastern Province have dismissed a statement that easterners do not support MMD.
MMD Provincial Youth Chairperson, Chembe Daka says that the statement issued by former MMD National Secretary, Major Richard Kachingwe is misleading.
Major Kachingwe is quoted as having said that MMD President, Dr. Nevers Mumba should not waste his time to ride on former president Rupiah Banda’s name in Eastern Province because easterners cannot be trusted as they change easily.
The former MMD National Secretary alleged that during the 2011 general elections, Mr. Banda just managed to get a few votes from Eastern Province.
But Mr. Daka says that Major Kachingwe’s statement is meant to mislead people because MMD in the region has always received support from easterners.
Mr. Daka has appealed to Major Kachingwe not to involve easterners in his personal differences with the MMD President.

Tobacco farmers who sold their crop to Zambia Leaf Tobacco Company in Lundazi district complain of irregularities in payments.

Tobacco farmers who sold their crop to Zambia Leaf Tobacco Company in Lundazi district have complained of irregularities in payments.
The farmers, who did not want to be mentioned, complained that the company is underpaying them compared to the tobacco supplied.
They explained that the money, which the company is paying farmers, does not tally with the Purchase Crop Numbers.
The farmers, who expressed disappointment, also accused the company of using wrong tobacco grades when buying the tobacco.
And Zambia Leaf Tobacco Company manager, Kamona Lukonga denied the allegations by the farmers.
Mr. Lukonga explained that the farmers did not simply understand that some deductions such as for transport, handling cost and the 3 per cent for TBZ, the Tobacco Board of Zambia had to be done.
He says that his company has now produced a new price list, tabulating already deducted prices to avoid misunderstanding from the farmers.

Chipata Municipal Council rules out any possibilities of constructing a dual carriage way on Umodzi Highway.

Chipata Municipal Council has ruled out any possibilities of constructing a dual carriage way on Umodzi Highway.
Director of Engineering, Andrew Zulu says that a study conducted by a consultant in 2009 indicated that Chipata does not have a lot of traffic to have a dual carriage way.
Mr. Zulu told Breeze News that the consultant recommended that Umodzi Highway should instead be widened from 6.1 meters to 7 meters.

He says that this recommendation will be implemented, when government engages a contractor to carry out major tarring works from Luangwa Bridge on the Great East Road to Mwami border.
Mr. Zulu says that when widening the road, the contractor will also construct a cycle path and walk away on Umodzi Highway.
He further explained that when widening the road, the contractor will be expected to construct slip lanes on road junctions of Nasser, which leads to Down Shops, Lower Church road, which leads to Luangwa House and Shoprite.
Mr. Zulu says that plans to do these works have already reached an advanced stage, stating that Eastern Water and Sewerage Company, ZAMTEL and ZESCO, the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation were already asked to submit relocation cost estimates of their installations that will be affected by the road works.

Delegates at the national convention last evening voted to return the death penalty.

Delegates at the national convention in Lusaka last evening voted to return the death penalty.
Breeze FM Staffer, Isaac Ngoma reports that 177 delegates voted to return the death penalty while 137 voted against.
The delegates also voted to have degree as the minimum qualification for the speaker and also to put the age cap that a presidential candidate should not be more than 75 years of age.
Meanwhile the National convention has decided against voting as to whether the Barotse Agreement should be included in the draft constitution.
This was after former speaker of the national assembly Amussa Mwanamwambwa proposed that the issue of the Barotse Agreement be withdrawn from the ballot.
Mr. Mwanambwa noted that the Barotse Agreement should be referred to parties concerned, the government and Barotse Royal Establishment.
The convention endorsed the proposal, which saw the voting, which had already started being cancelled.

An eighty-three- year -old convict threatens to sort out high court judge after being jailed to 10 years for trafficking in psychotropic substance.

An eight-three- year -old convict who was jailed to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in psychotropic substance in Chipata caused drama in court when he threatened to sort out High Court Judge Eddie Sikazwe with other people involved in his jailing.

Jackson Soko of Chipata Motel who caused laughter in a packed court was sentenced after being arrested by DEC, Drug Enforcement Commission officers in January this year.

The accused who earlier asked the court to grant him permission to restrain the DEC officers from further arrests said he had been involved in cannabis since 1963.

He told the judge that he used cannabis to treaty people and that the high court should grant him a paper which can restrain DEC officers from arresting him for the fourth time.

He cried to the court during mitigation that he has seen five republican presidents adding that it was unfortunate for him to stop having cannabis because his ancestral spirits were demanding for that.

However, Justice Sikazwe said it was sad that as old as he was, Soko was found with cannabis contrary to the laws of Zambia.

The judge, however, said the state would keep him for ten years because he committed the crime for the third time.

Delegates at the National Constitution Conference to vote for the inclusion of the Barotse Agreement in the draft constitution.

Voting as to whether the Barotse Agreement should be included in the preamble of the draft constitution is expected to take place today.
However, Breeze FM Staffer, Isaac Ngoma reports that most Lozi delegates have indicated that they will not take part in the voting.
The delegates have revealed that they have been receiving phone calls from back home in Western Province asking them why they are taking party in the national convention.
The delegates, who have declined to be named state that their tribes mate also, feel that there is no need to subject the Barotse Agreement to a vote because it is a historical fact.
The delegates also fear that should anything go wrong on the Barotse Agreement being included in the draft constitution, they will be blamed.
Deliberations on the Barotse Agreement on Sunday brought business at the national convention to a standstill, forcing the chairperson to deferrer the matter to today.

Drivers seeking employment in a road project in Chadiza claim corruption

Some drivers from Chipata, Petauke Katete and Nyimba who travelled to Chadiza to seek for employment at the China State Corporation Company have called on ACC, the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the criteria being used to employ people.
China State Corporation Company is employing people after being awarded the contract to tar the Chadiza-Chipata road.
Christopher Tembo and Isaac Nyoni told Breeze News in Chadiza that they suspect of malpractice in the manner some drivers have been employed.
More than 15 angry drivers from other districts almost caused commotion at Chadiza council offices, after they were told that only drivers from Chadiza would be given an opportunity to attend job interviews.
But Chadiza district commissioner, Paul Phiri explained that an announcement which was put on one of the radio stations, clearly stated that Chadiza district would employ 25 and Chipata district would also employ 25.
He said that his office is confident that the interviews were conducted in a transparent manner.
Mr. Phiri pointed out that those who were left out, did not just meet the required qualifications.

Two people have been jailed to 30 years imprisonment with hard labour for defilement.

The Chipata High Court has jailed two people to 30 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling girls below the ages of 16.

High Court Judge Eddie Sikazwe jailed Bonaventure Mwanza, 27, a barber man of Chandema Village, Chief Kalindawalo in Petauke district, who was facing three charges of defiling three girls.

The accused is alleged to have defiled two girls aged nine and seven years one after the other.

The defilement is alleged to have been committed on 13th December last year between 12 and 13 hours when Mwanza took advantage of the children who were at his house and started defiling them.

And Boscar Mwale 42, a peasant farmer of Sasu village in Chief Nyamphande of Petauke District was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a nine –year- old girl.

Meanwhile Justice Sikazwe also jailed Bernard Banda of Namboard in Chipata district to 25- years with hard labour for defiling a minor on August 23rd, 2012.

In the same court Obbyster Banda 21, a tailor of Chipata district was jailed 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling an 11 year-old girl on unknown dates but in November last year.

The court further jailed Davison Daka 28 to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling a minor.

The incident is believed to have occurred on unknown dates but between 28th March and 7th May last year.

Unionised division four council employees in Lundazi district to get their two months salary arrears after three days of protesting.

Unionised division four council employees in Lundazi district have been promised to be paid two months salary arrears effective today.
Lundazi Council Chairperson, Godfrey Mapili and Provincial Local Government Officer, Macloid Nyirenda confirmed the development in separate interviews to Breeze News.
Mr. Nyirenda says that the workers will start getting their money today without fail.
Mr. Nyirenda also says that demands from the workers that Council Treasurer, Mable Yengayenga and Council Secretary, Magubwi Simukolomba be transferred will be forwarded to the Public Service Commission who are the appointing authority.
And Mr. Mapili has revealed that about 136 thousand Kwacha rebased of the money to be paid to the aggrieved workers will be sourced from within the council coffers.
Meanwhile Mr. Mapili has blamed council management for failing to dialogue with the council workers, who were demonstrating over their three months salary arrears.
The workers, who yesterday locked the offices for the two senior workers have also been demanding the removal of the council secretary.