Chipata records 17 cases of defilement within one month.

Seventeen defilement cases were last month reported to YWCA, Young Women Christian Association in Chipata district.

YWCA Coordinator, Dorothy Ndhlovu says that the defilement cases are escalating at an alarming rate as the figure does not include cases reported to the police VSU, Victim Support Unit.

Speaking to Breeze News, Ms. Ndhlovu says that these cases involved victims, who were able to reach reporting centres.

She says that latest reports show most of the defilement cases are happening in far-flung areas where it is difficult for victims to report to police.

Ms. Ndhlovu also says that the cases show that the perpetrators are within family circles and close relatives to the victims.

The YWCA coordinator says that there is urgent need for more awareness efforts to stop the vice.

Breeze FM Director in community service

Plans to construct a bridge across Lutembwe stream to facilitate the movements of people from villages in Chief Chinyaku’s area and Kauzu farm block in Chipata have been initiated.

This came to light when the Director of Breeze FM Mike Daka and Kanjala ward councillor William Phiri held a meeting with residents of the two areas at Kagunda School on Wednesday.

The construction of the Bridge near Lutembwe Dam Two in Chipata District is expected to commence soon.

Mr. Daka said as a resident of Kauzu Farm Block he had realized the difficulties people on both of the stream face every day.

He says the bridge will assist people to cross Lutembwe stream to access medical services at the newly built Chipata District Hospital as well as sale their produce in Chipata town.

Mr. Daka says school going children attending education from across Chief Chinyaku will also benefit if the bridge becomes operational.

Mr. Daka said he would work with the area councillor William Phiri and the two parliamentarians, Moses Mawere of Chipata Central and Charles Zulu of Luangeni Constituency to ensure that the bridge is constructed across the stream.

And Kanjala ward councillor William Phiri appealed to the people to come forward to assist in the construction of the new bridge.

Mr. Phiri says whatever help will be needed so that the project becomes a success.

 

Father impregnates daughter in a bid to get rich

A 48 year old Chipata man has been arrested by police for defiling a 15 year old girl and committing possible incest.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya who confirmed this to Breeze News named the suspect as Lameck Sakala.

Mr. Chilufya says it is alleged that Sakala between 2014 and 2017 had canal knowledge of his own Biological daughter.

Mr. Chilufya says the act resulted in the daughter falling pregnant and is now with a one year two months old baby.

He says the girl was coerced into the act by both her parents as a means to get the family rich but the mother has since died.

Mr. Chilufya says the incident occurred from Chalo chatha village in Chieftainess M’kanda’s area of Chipata district.

 

 

 

Three dangerous criminals arrested in Petauke

Three suspected dangerous criminals have been arrested in Petauke District for house breaking and theft.

Eastern Province Deputy Police Commissioner Diamond Likashi says two suspects are from Lusaka while one is a Petauke resident.

Mr. Likashi told Breeze News that property worth thousands of kwacha has been recovered.

He says the recovered property was stolen from 24 houses, adding that more property is yet to be recovered.

He says the accused persons are expected to appear in court soon once investigations are concluded.

Zambia Road Safety Trust welcomes Kapena bus suspension

The Zambia Road Safety Trust has welcomed the suspension of the Bus Operator license for Kapena Bus Company by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, RTSA.

The license was suspended following the accident, which happened on May 23rd in which 19 people died and 46 others were injured.

In a statement to Breeze FM this morning, Zambia Road Safety Trust communication advisor, Mailos Mwale, says it is pleasing that RTSA has taken a swift and tough action on Kapena Bus Company.

He says the action will act as a deterrent measure to other operators, who are routinely putting the public at risk.

Mr. Mwale says along with this, the trust supports any efforts to improve the effectiveness of the punishments against such operators.

He also advised that frequent road-side inspection checkpoints and random visits at premises, as well as looking for operators and drivers, who are operating illegally, must be done before more lives are lost.

Mr. Mwale also notes that the number of deaths on Zambian roads increased by four per cent from over 2,113 in 2015 to 2,206 in 2016.

He also noted that research has concluded that fleet or company drivers have an increased crash risk compared to privately registered vehicle drivers.

Over 800 e-voucher cards not activated

Eight hundred and fifty-three e-voucher cards for farmers in Mtaya Block have not yet been activated.

This came to light during the 2017 Central Block Agriculture and Commercial Show in Chief Misholo’s Mtaya area.

Gracing the occasion, Chipata May Sinoya Mwale stated that the block received 9,932 cards of which 9,676 were deposited for.

He says that 8,823 cards were activated while 853 cards have not yet been activated. Mr. Mwale explained that this gives 89 per cent success for the block.

The Chipata mayor stated that government will ensure that the remaining inactive cards are activated as soon as possible.

And Mr. Mwale says that he was aware that some cards were activated twice adding that those affected should report to agriculture officers.

He thanked farmers for the bumper harvest to be realised this year despite many challenges like late distribution of farming inputs and crops pests.

The Block Agriculture and Commercial Show was held under the theme “Promoting green economy”.

Mr. Mwale says that theme was well placed as it is line with government’s agenda of creating employment and wealth through diversification in agriculture.

Twelve point eight million Kwacha for road works in Petauke

Government has released 12.8 million kwacha to Condrill Construction Company, to tar three roads in Petauke District.

Petauke District Council Chairperson James Lungu ,told Breeze News that the construction company has already moved on site.

He says the money was released on Tuesday this week.

Mr. Lungu says the construction company will first start working on the 6.5 kilometre Petauke Turnoff-Boma road, then move on to the 4.5 kilometre Minga Stop-Hospital road and finish off with the 6.5 kilometre Kalindawalo-Palace road.

And Mr Lungu says Sable Construction Company has also received money, to continue working on the township roads in the district.

Meanwhile, Sable Construction Company Laboratory Manager in Petauke, Israel Chipunza says that the construction company is expected to commence the works next week.

Sable Construction Company is tarring eighteen township roads in Petauke, at a total cost of about 129 million kwacha

A Dutch national swindled K28,000 in a love affair.

A Dutch national on Thursday told the Chipata Magistrate Court how he was made to pay over 28, 000 Kwacha for child maintenance to two female Zambians for a fake baby.

This is in a case where Bibi Valley and Zubeda Abdulla Valley ,are charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretences.

It is alleged that the duo on unknown dates, but between November 1, 2016 and January 2, 2017 ,jointly and whilst acting together, obtained 28, 100 Kwacha from Richard Portier, claiming that it was for child maintenance.

Portier, said in May 2015, he had a sexual relationship with a lady only known as Michelle and that the two accused persons claimed that they were mother and aunt to her.

He told the court that the duo swindled him a lot of money after he returned to Holland ,when they informed him that Michelle had fallen pregnant and eventually gave birth.

He said that he was disappointed that despite being charged spouse payment and child maintenance, the issue of Michelle having a baby was fake.

And Tite Phiri 48, of Kaulembe in Chief Mshawa’s area told the court that Michelle was her daughter and that her real name was Mary Zulu, who was born in 1988.

She said her daughter was never pregnant during the stated period ,adding that she was disappointed to learn that there were some people, who claimed to be parents of her daughter.

Phiri testified that she never received any money that was paid for spouse payment and child maintenance.

Trial in the matter that is before Principal Resident Jennifer Bwalya continues.

Civil servants abusing beer in Sinda district

Reports have emerged of some civil servants staying away from work, due to excessive beer drinking in Sinda district.

The reports indicate that the trend is more common in rural parts of the district where a local brew, commonly known as Kachasu is being abused.

And when contacted for comment, Sinda District Commissioner Paradious Sakala, acknowledged that increased brewing of Kachasu is contributing to the raise in the number of civil servants drinking alcoholic drinks while on duty.

Mr. Sakala says it is worrying to note that, the beer is being taken to houses of some civil servants.

He challenged communities in the district to stop producing Kachasu, in order to lessen the number of civil servants drinking beer, while on duty.

He says stringent measures need to be put in place to stop the brewing of Kachasu in the communities and end the trend of drinking while on duty.

Kasolo to stop schools turning away pupils

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, says he will engage the provincial education office to look at the issue of schools sending away pupils, who delay to pay user fees.

Mr. Kasolo says he is expected to have an audience with provincial education officer, Dr. Allan Lingambe on Monday, to issue instructions where all government schools should stop sending away pupils due to non-payment of school fees.

He says this is because most parents are farmers, who have not yet sold their farm produce.

He said this during The Voice programme on Breeze FM on Saturday morning.

Mr Kasolo, however explained that the directive would not affect private schools.

He, however said he expects that even private schools can be reasonable in the manner they handle the issue on payment of school fees.

He said this after farmers complained that they are facing serious challenges to pay school fees for their children due to delayed opening of crop markets by government.

And Mr. Kasolo, says his office will also discuss with the Ministry of Agriculture, to find solutions on challenges farmers face and quickly come up with prices for the farm produce.

He says farmers are important and should be respected in society, as Zambians are dependent on farmers for food security.

Meanwhile, Christopher Chirwa, a farmer of Chinunda area in Chipata District, says crop diversification will be meaningless if government does not provide market for other farm produce.

Mr. Chirwa says farmers are being exploited every year, because government does not provide market for other crops such as soya beans, sunflower and cotton.

He also noted that the delay in buying of maize by government contributes to farmers being exploited by private buyers, who offer low prices.