Youths advised to celebrate responsibily

Youths have been called upon to refrain from indulging themselves in illicit activities during Youth Day celebration.

Speaking during a radio programme on Breeze FM, Provincial Youth Officer Trywel Moonga and a Chipata youth Simon Nkhoma say youths should celebrate the day with exemplary behavior.

The duo says many youths celebrate the day differently by involving themselves in beer drinking, fights and illicit sex, which exposes them to contracting HIV.

They say the day is meant to showcase what a youth is able to do in order to develop the country and sustain their living.

The duo says that the day is also meant to remember the young people that fought to liberate this country from the bondage of colonialization.

And Mr. Moonga and Simon say this year’s theme ‘’Unity and Innovation for Smart Zambia’’ is a challenge to youths to work towards sustainable development and better living standards.

They say that this is a time to tell the government what youths are lacking and what young people are doing to earn a living.

Katopola school PTA gets tough on parents

The Katopola Secondary School Parents Teachers Association, PTA has resolved that pupils, whose parents are deliberately failing to pay user fees, must not be allowed to attend class.

During an extra ordinary PTA meeting yesterday, parents supported the resolution, stressing that failure to pay school user fees is affecting the smooth running of the school programmes.

At the last Annual General Meeting, parents, teachers and school administration, agreed that starting term One in 2017, each pupil in secondary classes will pay 800 Kwacha per year, payable in instalment of 300 Kwacha for first and second terms and 200 kwacha for the third term.

They also agreed that pupils from grade one to seven pay 250 Kwacha per year, 100 kwacha for term One and Two and 50 kwacha for third term.

It was observed that it has become a trend by some parents not to pay user fees for their children and yet they expect the school to run without their support.

The parents say buying of chalk, sending pupils to participate in various sporting activities, will not be possible if the administration has no money.

They said for projects to be developed at the school, parents need to contribute the agreed amounts of money to complete the projects.

Katopola Secondary School has two major projects, a 1 by 3 classroom block and a laboratory that need to be completed.

Heavy rains destroy bridge between Chipata and Chadiza

Heavy rainfall has washed away Chadzombe Bridge in Chadiza district.

Chadiza Central Ward Councillor Richard Mbewe confirmed the development to Breeze News.

Mr Mbewe said that the washed away bridge has cut off the Chadiza-Chipata road forcing motorists to use alternative routes to Chipata.

Mr Mbewe said that the matter has already been reported to relevant authorities adding that the bridge will be worked on soon.

He has advised all motorists not to use the prison road to avoid accidents.

Mr. Mbewe says that the motorists should instead use the old Chadiza-Chipata road.

Meteorological Department dismiss fears over continuous rains

The Meteorological Department in Eastern Province has dismissed fears from some farmers that the continuous rains being experienced might damage their crop.

Provincial Meteorological Officer, John Londolo says that the rains are expected to end in the next four weeks.

Mr. Londolo attributed the current rainfall pattern to ITCZ, Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, which is laying over Eastern Province.

He however, says that the ITCZ is slowly moving to the northern part of the country, which will eventually result in reduced rainfall activities.

Mr. Londolo says that the Meteorological Department predicts that within the next four weeks, the region will start experiencing less and less rainfall activities.

On Friday, some parts of Chipata experienced continuous rains almost the whole day, something which raised concern among some farmers.

Cultivation of cannabis still illegal

The Drug Enforcement Commission, DEC has clarified that cannabis cultivation is still illegal in Zambia, unless one has lawful authority to cultivate for medicinal purposes.

In a statement, the commission says it has been receiving numerous queries from members of the public on whether cultivation of cannabis has been legalized in Zambia.

It says this follows a recent statement made by Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kapyongo, on medicinal cannabis to Parliament.

The statement explains that section 9 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act Cap 96 of the Laws of Zambia provides that any person who, without lawful authority, cultivates any plant which can be used or consumed as a Narcotic or Psychotropic, or from which a Narcotic Drug or Psychotropic Substance can be extracted, shall be guilty of an offence.

It also says such a person shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not less than five hundred penalty units or to imprisonment not exceeding ten years or to both.

It says the act adds that that no person shall be guilty of the offence under the same section if the plant is cultivated for purposes of medicine or is not on a substantial scale.

DEC says it should be noted that the commission shall continue with its mandate of arresting persons found cultivating cannabis without lawful authority.

The commission has urged members of the public to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Dangerous Drugs Act Cap 95 of the Laws of Zambia and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act Cap 96 of the Laws of Zambia.

East MMD distances itself from anti Felix Mutati members

The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD in Eastern province has dismissed reports that some of its members are calling for the removal of party President, Felix Mutati.

MMD Provincial Chairperson Jacob Mwamba has told Breeze News that the call is false and wishful thinking by what he has described as mentally drained political individuals.

Mr. Mwanza says that the party in the province wishes to distance itself from the scheme, which is aimed at disorienting the former ruling party.

He says that the MMD in the region is extremely happy with the presidency of Mr. Mutati, who is also Finance Minister in the PF government.

And Mr. Mwanza says that there is nothing wrong with Mr. Mutati serving in the PF government because he is a citizen of this country, who has a civic duty to provide service.

He says that there is an existing alliance with PF and this does not divorce members from working together.

The MMD provincial chairperson further says that there is no MMD constitutional clause that debars any member to serve in another party.

Chipata City Council issuing plots in sewerage areas

Confusion has continued between Chipata City Council and Eastern Water and Sewerage Company over the construction of houses near sewer ponds.

Chipata City Council has been allocating residential plots close to the sewer ponds, which has led to the utility company failing to connect the sewer line to the ponds.

A check conducted by Eastern Water and Sewerage Company and Chipata City Council Planners on Thursday revealed that the local authority is still giving plots to people to construct houses close to the sewer ponds.

And speaking to the media one of the developers, Samuel Mwafulira says the plot was given to him by the local authority adding that paper work and survey was done, which made him start constructing the house.

Mr. Mwafulira says nothing will stop him from building his house because he has been told to go ahead with the construction by the Council.

And Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Technical Manager Aaron Mulinda says the structures have to be destroyed to pave way for the connection of sewer lines to the ponds.

Mr. Mulinda says any structure has to be constructed 500 meters away from the ponds adding that the houses which are being put up near the ponds will block the smooth running of the faecal matter into the ponds.

Meanwhile District Sewerage Operations Superintendent Joel Kapasa says the people constructing near the ponds will be affected with effluence whenever the pipes are blocked.

Mr. Kapasa says the construction of the houses close to the ponds is also a danger to human lives adding that the breeding of mosquitoes in the ponds will spread malaria.

But when contacted for a comment Chipata City Council Director of Planning Kaonga Namenda indicated that the local authority will only issue a comprehensive statement on the matter after discussing the issue with Eastern Water and Sewerage Company.

Forty-one Indians nabbed in Lusaka

The Immigration Department has arrested an Indian national in connection with the facilitation of the unlawful stay in Zambia of forty-one Indians.

Public Relations Officer, Namati Nshinka has confirmed to Breeze News the arrest of Charles Matthew Makaliki 41, a Manager of Capital Hotel.

Mr. Nshinka says that Mr. Makaliki was nabbed on Wednesday, at Woodlands Police station where he had presented himself upon learning that he was being sought after by Immigration.

He says that the department on 19th February apprehended thirty–nine Indians at Capital Hotel, off Mumbwa road, in Lusaka and later arrested two others.

Some of those arrested had forged Employment Permits in their possession whilst others either did not have any documentation or had overstayed.

Meanwhile, the Department between Monday, 6th March, 2017 and Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 arrested a total of twenty persons for various immigration offences.

Among them include four Malawians in Chipata, four Malawians in Lusuntha, one Rwandese in Lusaka and one Congolese in Luanshya, all arrested for unlawful stay.

Mr. Nshinka says that during this period, the Department also removed a total of eleven illegal immigrants from the country.

These include five Burundians in Livingstone, two Chinese in Solwezi, two Malawians in Nyimba, one Tanzanian in Mazabuka, and, one South African in Lusaka.

Councillor calls for demolition of some structures

Kapata ward councillor, Naphtali Banda says some of the structures that were built too close to Lunkhwakwa stream must be demolished.

He says this is the only way the flooding challenges that people in Old Jim area face will end.

Mr. Banda told Breeze News that building too close to the river has disturbed the water floor in the stream.

He was responding to complaints from residents who accused the council of not doing anything to end the flooding challenges.

Meanwhile, the residents have complained of the poor state of roads such as Kapata- Nabvutika, Mpezeni Park-Chimwemwe.

And Mr. Banda acknowledged that the roads need to be worked on.

He says that road works are expected to commence after the rain season is over adding that the project will also look at roads in Old Jim and Mthilansembe, as well as the bridge in New Jim area.

Chipata City Council statue in bad faith

As women celebrate International Women’s Day, a statue depicting a woman at Chipata City Council has come under attack.

Former Msandile Ward Councillor Hanille Jere says that the statue which depicts a woman with a baby on her back working in a field with a hoe represents oppression of the woman in its worst form.

Speaking to Breeze News, Ms Jere says that all women should demand that the Chipata City Council statue be removed to put an end to such cruel mentality and oppressive arts and hidden agendas.

And when contacted for a comment, Chipata Mayor, Sinoya Mwale says that Ms. Jere should engage the council on the matter.

Mr. Mwale says that the local authority is now open to suggestions that should push the development of the city forward.

Meanwhile Ms Jere says that women should realise they have a place in  modern history not only to sexually liberate themselves but to see and understand  that justice withheld from one person is justice removed from the whole society.

She says that failure to understanding this will only lead to deeper oppressive acts against women in a society that will fail to fully liberate the girl child in its fight for equal justice.

Ms. Jere says that International Women’s Day is not just a day to eat or dress well but a day to reflect and realistically add value to society.