Chipata Municipal Council has proposed that President Michael Sata must create Chiparamba, Feni and Chipangali areas as districts.
The full council meeting that sat yesterday had initially proposed that only Feni and Chiparamba should be created districts.
However, Chipata Central Member of Parliament Reuben Mtolo Phiri further proposed the inclusion of Chipangali as a district.
The proposal was fully backed by Chipangali MP Vincent Mwale who said the creation of the new districts by the Head of State was a good idea for the decentralization purposes.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba says that he has written to President Sata to confer Chipata with city status.
Mr Mwamba says Chipata has all infrastructures such as a university, a cathedral among other requirements for a city status.
Four people of Petauke district yesterday walked to freedom after being acquitted on one count of murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.
The Chipata High Court however, convicted the fifth suspect to 15 years imprisonment on one count of aggravated robbery.
The five were jointly charged together in three counts of two aggravated robberies and murder committed in separate incidences at Barza Ulye Shop and Petauke Filling Station.
High Court Judge, Fulgence Chisanga said that she had acquitted Davy Zimba, William Phiri, Lulu Phiri and Samson Phiri because the state failed to prove to the court that the four were involved in the two robberies.
She castigated the police for failure to get finger prints on objects to prove that the suspects were the ones who committed the offences during the time.
And Judge, Fugies Chisanga said that she had decided to convict Christopher Mwansa because the safe and shelve that were stolen from Barza Ulye Shop were directly linked to the suspect.
Particulars of the offences are that on, 23rd March, this year, unknown people broke into Barzar Ulye Shop in Petauke and stole over 117 million Kwacha cash and goods worth 177,000 Kwacha, all valued at over 5 million Kwacha.
And on 9th April, this year, suspected robberies broke into Petauke filling station through the back window and killed a security guard, Jabesi Phiri and stole assorted goods and drinks.
Eastern Province has been hit with shortage of a vaccine for yellow fever for quite some time now.
This came to light during the Epidemic Preparedness and Epidemic meeting held in Chipata.
Almost all presentations by districts situated near the border areas showed that they have run out of the vaccine, a situation which has made people travelling to other countries not to be vaccinated against the disease.
And Provincial Medical Director, Kennedy Malama says that the vaccine which is being bought at 250,000 Kwacha per dose is expensive to procure.
Dr. Malama mentioned hospitals that are registered to have the vaccine as Petauke district hospital, St Francis Mission hospital and Chipata General Hospital.
He however, could not mention when the vaccine will be available in these hospitals.
The Chipata High Court this morning sentenced a 26 year old man of Petauke district to 25 years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling and infecting a girl under 16 years of age with a sexually transmitted disease.
Particulars of the offence are that, on 17th March, this year, Jenson Mwale, defiled a girl less than 16 years and infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.
Facts are that Mwale grabbed and forced the girl into his house and had carnal knowledge of her.
And when passing ruling Judge, Fugies Chisanga, says it is unfortunate that Mwale who was expected to be the father forced, slept and infected the girl who was supposed to be protected by him.
And Judge Chisanga also slapped a 15 years sentence on, Sauteni Sakala, from Chipata district for the similar offence.
Particulars of the offence are that on 18 June this year, Sakala had carnal knowledge of a girl less than 16 years of age.
Facts are that the hospital documents confirmed that the girl had swollen body parts after Sakala had sex with her.
Traditional leaders in Eastern Province have been advised not to differ over chiefdom boundaries.
Provincial Minister, Malozo Sichone says that boundaries should not be a source of conflict because Zambia is for all Zambians.
Mr. Sichone was speaking in Chipata this morning when he officially opened a chiefs sensitisation workshop on the role and mandate of the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs.
And Mr. Sichone says that government wants to re-install the dignity of traditional leaders in the country.
He urged chiefs to work with the government to see to it that the governance system that has been designed to champion rural development is well supported.
The minister also urged the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs headquarters to give officers dealing with chiefs and traditional affairs at provincial and district levels the necessary support required in order for them to execute their functions expeditiously.
A man has died after being shot by bandits who later ran away with his vehicle in Lundazi district.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira confirmed the incident to Breeze News.
Mrs. Chipalira says that Derrick Simasiku, a taxi driver of Mayard area in Lundazi district was attacked while with a friend.
Mrs. Chipalira says that the incident happened around 18:20 hours when three unknown men booked the taxi from Lundazi market to Lusuntha border.
She explained that as they were driving on the Lusuntha road, one of the three men asked to release himself in the bush and as he returned he lied that the vehicle had developed a flat tyre.
Mrs. Chipalira explained that the bandits then shot Simasiku while he was checking on the tyre.
She further says that the friend to Simasiku managed to escape and later reported the matter to police.
The provincial police chief says that police have launched investigations into the matter.
Zambia’s under 17 women football team has lifted the SADC zone six trophy after easing past defending champions Zimbabwe.
Helen Mubanga’s 10th minute goal gave the hosts a lead.
Six minutes later, Mubanga was on target again after captuarising from a defensive error to give the junior shepolopolo a comfortable lead.
After the half time, Zimbabwe gained momentum as they fought had to equalise, but in vain.
Zambia could have added more goals in the closing stages of the game, but lack of accuracy coasted them.
Later this afternoon, Zambia’s under 17 male football team squares it off against South Africa, in the men’s category.
Zambia’s Fourth President, Rupiah Banda, was last evening honoured with the Honorary Prize for African Democracy.
And Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka called on African leaders to emulate the former Zambian leader’s commitment to respecting the will of the people.
The former head of State was among several personalities who were honoured for their contribution to the wellbeing of Africans.
This is the second honour he has received this year after the Crans Montana Prix de la Foundation award he got in Switzerland.
At the 2012 Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize-giving ceremony held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, footage of President Banda’s political life was run on two large screens and, as he was shown conceding defeat in the September 2011 presidential elections and urging all Zambians to support the new president’, he received an appreciative applause from the audience.
More praise was heaped on Mr. Banda by former United Nations under Secretary-General Abdoulie Janneh who described the retired Zambian politician as a political model in Africa.
He urged other leaders on the continent to learn to accept the will of the people.
Mr Janneh, who is also executive director at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said it was time African leaders began providing leadership that inspired their people, stressing that leadership was the continent’s major malaise.
A scam has been unveiled in Chadiza District where some Agricultural Extension Staff are allegedly conniving with Cooperative Chairperson to release some bags of fertilizer under FISP, the Farmer Input Support programme to be shared among some agricultural officials at the district office.
ZANIS reports from Chadiza that some cooperatives are being told to forego some of their packs under the FISP project so that some staff at the district office can benefit from the consignment.
A check at Kampini cooperative in Chanida area revealed that the Chairperson Boniface Banda was ordered to forego 6 pack for his farmers but when he refused to release the packs the Camp Agricultural committee reduced the number of packs for his cooperative from the agreed 151 packs to 139 packs.
Mr. Banda said that he was threatened that if he failed to release the said packs, then their consignment would be reduced.
And when questioned by Chadiza District Commissioner Paul Phiri, Camp Agricultural Committee Chairperson Asarf Phiri said the reduction of the packs at Kampini was a way of punishing the cooperative because of their disobedience.
Mr. Phiri said that there was a lot of Mischief among the committee members at Kampini adding that it was just by the grace of God that the cooperative was even considered to have received the little that they got.
And the visibly angry District Commissioner Paul Phiri took a swipe at the Camp Agricultural Committee Chairperson and ordered him to immediately return the consignment that was grabbed from the cooperative.
The scandals that have characterised this year’s Farmer Input Support Programme have shocked Chadiza District Commissioner Paul Phiri, who has called for more probing into the entire exercise.
Government is working out modalities to contain the army worms that have damaged crop fields in Petauke, Nyimba and Katete districts.
Provincial Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba says that the Ministry of Agriculture has procured chemicals to spray crop fields that have been affected.
Mr Mwamba has advised farmers who have not yet planted their seeds to wait until the situation is contained saying this will guard against damage to crops.
He observed that the planting season had been extended from December 15 to mid-January due to climate change and that delays in planting will not affect next year’s yield.
Mr Mwamba said this year’s farming season will go up to April next year according to the Meteorological department.