Three people have died after being struck by lightning in separate incidences in Chama and Chadiza districts.
A 25 year old man of Love Village in Chief Mlolo’s area of Chadiza died under a tree around 16 hours yesterday when he was coming from Chanida border.
Dickson Banda’s father, Folo says that his son was sent to a grinding mill at Chanida border and on his way back home, he decided to stop under the tree after seeing that rains were about to start.
Mr. Banda explained to Breeze FM Correspondent, Paul Phiri that it was while his son was under the tree that he was struck by lightning and died on the spot.
Meanwhile Chama District Commissioner, Josphat Lombe says that a grade 8 pupil from Nkanjo Basic School and some unidentified woman died after being struck by lightning.
Efforts to get a comment from Police failed by news time.
Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people in Chipata district has castigated Kasenengwa Member of Parliament, Victoria Kalima for not visiting the area frequently, to discuss developmental issues.
The Chief says that he only saw Ms. Kalima in the constituency once, from the time she was voted into office.
Chief Madzimawe says that Ms. Kalima’s behaviour is not different from that of former MP, Vera Tembo.
The traditional leader says that he has been working with councillors to develop the constituency.
He added that the constituency needs a serious MP to work with traditional leaders.
Chief Madzimawe was speaking to journalist before the news maker’s forum meeting on access to information taking place at his palace.
But Ms Kalima told Breeze News that only people in the constituency will be able to judge if she has not been consistent in visiting the constituency.
Ms. Kalima says that she has visited the constituency for more than four times since she was elected with the latest being last week when she was in Chiparamba, Chiwoko, Mukowe and Mboza to check on developmental projects.
The Food Reserve Agency FRA, says slow bank procedures have contributed to delays in paying farmers who sold maize to the agency.
Vice Chairperson of the FRA Board, Allan Sakala says that interbank systems when transferring money have resulted in farmers delaying to get payment.
Mr. Sakala says that the decision by government to increase the amount of maize to be bought from 500,000 metric tonnes to 1 million metric tonnes also provided another challenge because FRA had to look for more money.
Speaking during a live radio programme on Breeze FM this morning, Mr. Sakala however, said that FRA will pay all farmers before the end of this year.
He explained that from maize purchase worth 247 billion Kwacha in Eastern Province, FRA has so far paid out 190.8 billion Kwacha.
And speaking during the same programme, FRA Regional Marketing Coordinator, Godfrey Munyoro revealed that FRA has this marketing season fired six workers for failing to perform.
Mr. Munyoro however, said that FRA has not recorded any case of corruption in the 2012 maize marketing system.
Over 700 million Kwacha under YDF, the Youth Development Fund has been given to different entrepreneurs in Eastern Province.
The amount is out of 779 million Kwacha that was allocated to the province in this year’s budget.
Speaking when presenting the cheques to the successful candidates in Chipata this morning, Minister of Youth, Sports and Child Development, Chishimba Kambwili advised the recipients to use the money for the intended purpose.
Mr. Kambwili says that the purpose of YDF is to reduce unemployment levels among youths by creating more jobs through entrepreneurship.
And Mr. Kabwili has warned the Provincial Youth Director to ensure that money is recovered stating that YDF is revolving tax payers money, which should benefit more people.
He added that the recipients for the funds risk being arrested if they do not pay back the loans.
Zambia’s Christopher Katongo is among five candidates competing for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2012 award.
The Zambia skipper is joined by last year’s winner, Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast who plays for English Football Club Manchester City.
Others are Didier Drogba, Senegal’s Demba Ba and Morocco’s Younes Belhanda.
The Patriotic Front PF Party in Chipata Central Constituency has castigated senior national party officials who visit the district without informing the provincial leadership.
Constituency Secretary, William Phiri also says that any PF party official who does not follow party regulations will not be respected.
Mr. Phiri further told Breeze News that party members should avoid receiving instructions from such people because the PF is committed to having a disciplined party.
And Mr. Phiri says that only former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani deserves to re-contest the Chipata Central seat if it is declared vacant by the courts.
Mr. Phiri says that this is because Mr. Mangani is the only one who petitioned the results of the September 20 parliamentary election.
He also says that the constituency leadership does not understand why some PF members are fighting over who is going to be adopted when the seat is still occupied by MMD Member of Parliament, Ruben Mtolo Phiri.
A Zambian has been arrested in Malawi for illegal settlement in Kasungu National park of Malawi.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalira confirmed the development to Breeze News.
Ms. Chipalira says that Roderick Mwamba of Chieftainess Mwasephangwe’s area in Lundazi district has been charged with three offences of Illegal settlement, illegal cutting of trees and animal unsettlement.
And in a similar incidence Ms. Chipalira says that an unnamed Malawian has been arrested in Lundazi for illegal entry into Zambia.
The two incidences happened last week on Sunday and Thursday.
Farmers who got fake fertilizer from Cargill Zambia 2009 Limited in Eastern Province have demanded for refund and compensation.
The farmers allege that their crop has failed to grow properly and that the cotton company should meet the wasted cost.
Cotton Association of Zambia CAZ Vice Provincial Chairperson, Adrian Banda says farmers are unhappy over the decision by Cargill to consult stakeholders before they are compensated.
Mr. Banda told Breeze News that the matter does not need any further consultation because Mount Makulu Research Station had confirmed after carrying out tests that the fertilizer does not meet the required standards.
And when contacted for comment, Cargill says that it is addressing the matter through the manufacturer and supplier of the fertilizer, Sasol Nitro.
In a statement availed to Breeze News by Cargill Project Manager, Emmanuel Mbewe the company says it has shared the results of the tests conducted on the fertilizer with Sasol, which is now in the process of taking steps to contact relevant Zambian authorities and address the concerns of farmers.
Mr. Mbewe further states that Cargill remains committed to supporting the Zambian cotton farming community and will work with Sasol as it works with farmers to resolve the matter.
Youth Development Foundation, YDF has charged that young people have been denied jobs in government.
YDF Executive Director, Chinoya Muyeye says that this is despite his organisation advocating for youths to be involved in decision making programs.
Mr. Muyeye told Breeze News that very few young people have been promoted to high positions because these jobs are given to old people who already retired from work.
He says that government should consider promoting young people as they also have the potential to develop the nation.
And Mr. Muyeye commended government for implementing the youth empowerment fund stating that the money will assist young people get involved in business.
Mr. Muyeye was speaking in an interview with Breeze News on the side-lines of the YDF annual general meeting held in Chipata.
President Michael Sata says that the state will defend and protect the Litunga and the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE from any attempts of aggression being fomented by a clique of misguided individuals.
This is contained in a press statement availed to Breeze News and signed by special assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah.
The Head of State says he has credible information that there are certain frustrated and ill-advised persons that are manoeuvring to bring strife to the Litunga and the BRE.
He has warned that the state security wings will not sit idle and watch reckless people sow discord in Western Province.
The President says that government is committed to ensuring peace and stability in Western Province and views the Litunga and the BRE as an important part of that process.
He also warned that people seeking to undermine the Litunga and the BRE using unlawful means will be dealt with firmly.