A group headman in Chief Mwasenthenbwe’s area of Lundazi district has banned charcoal burning in the area.
Aisweni Nyirenda and four other headmen have resolved to ban charcoal burning because of the indiscriminate cutting down of trees at Chamalile and Nyangwe forests.
The decision was made at a meeting held at Mapili village by Headmen Dabeo, Kaseka, Gomani and Mambali following rampant cutting down of trees, which has left Nyangwe Forest a bare land.
The traditional leader observed that the continued cutting down of trees will have a negative impact to the community in the surrounding area.
He further indicated that anyone found wanting risks facing the law of the land.
Nyimba Member of Parliament Folly Tembo and his Kapoche counterpart, Nicholas Banda says they voted in favour of the motion to lift former Republican President, Rupiah Banda’s immunity because they are working for the government.
Mr. Tembo who is Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister and Mr. Banda who is Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister, says that there was no way they would have voted against the motion.
They alleged that there is a rule in parliament called the three line rule, which commands every MP to support the motion tabled by parliament.
And Mr. Tembo, who has been accused of being a traitor by the MMD in Eastern Province, says he is ready for any action that will be taken by his party while Mr. Banda refused to comment on the matter.
Mr. Banda stated that he has not received any official letter from his party that he will be disciplined.
The MMD in Eastern Province have threatened to discipline the three Members of Parliament who voted for the motion to lift Rupiah Banda’s immunity.
These are Nyimba Member of Parliament, Folly Tembo, Kapoche Member of Parliament, Nicholas Banda and Mkaika Member of Parliament, David Phiri.
Efforts to get a comment from Mkaika Member of Parliament, David Phiri proved futile by News time.
The Movement for Multi- Party Democracy, MMD in Eastern Province has refuted reports that some of their members have defected to the ruling party.
MMD Provincial Secretary, Samuel Lugomo Phiri says both Vice Provincial Treasurer, Jacob Mwanza and a Member, Timothy Kafa Nyirenda are still in the MMD.
Mr. Phiri was reacting to a statement issued to the media by Patriotic Front PF provincial Chairman Mike Tembo last week on four councillors from Msanzala Constituency in Petauke district who defected to PF.
Mr. Tembo had alleged that apart from the four councillors, Mr. Mwanza and Mr. Nyirenda had also ditched the former ruling party to join PF.
The four MMD councillors who defected to the ruling party last week are Ukwimi Ward Councillor, Mathews Tembo, Mawanda Ward councillor, L J Phiri, Khovyane Ward councillor, Makalam Phiri and Singozi Ward councillor, Inos Manda.
And Mr. Phiri says that the MMD is not shaken by the resignation of the four councillors even if they have joined the ruling party.
He charged that the four former civic leaders will not deliver to the expectations of the people because they failed to do so whilst in the opposition.
The opposition Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, MMD, in Eastern Province has expressed disappointment with the manner in which the motion on the removal of former President Rupiah Banda’s immunity was handled in Parliament.
MMD Provincial Secretary, Samuel Lugomo Phiri says that his party is wondering why the Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba went ahead to table the motion when the matter had already been taken to court by the former President’s lawyers.
Mr. Phiri says that the matter has been handled prematurely adding that voting for the removal of Rupiah Banda’s immunity was a mockery.
And Mr. Phiri says that MMD Members Parliament from Eastern Province, who are currently serving as Deputy Ministers, will face disciplinary action for voting for the removal of the former President’s immunity.
The MMD demanded for the voice of traditional leaders in the province on the matter which concerns their subject.
Meanwhile the Centre for Human Rights in Eastern Province has welcomed the move by parliament to remove the immunity of former President, Rupiah Banda.
Centre for Human Rights Executive Officer, Mwima Mtine says that the move will allow the former head of state to clear himself before the courts of law on allegations levelled against him.
Mr. Mtine says that the move will also sound a warning to the incoming Presidents not abuse public resources.
Government intends to employ engineers specialized in the construction of dams across the country.
Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary George Zulu says his ministry has made a request to the treasury to facilitate funds to enable the project take off.
Mr Zulu was speaking in Lundazi in an interview shortly after carrying out physical inspection of Chamboli Dam.
He says some dams, which were recently constructed had collapsed or were washed away due to lack of qualified personnel in the ministry to carry out proper works during the construction process.
He also says some contractors, who were engaged in the construction of dams in the country were unreliable.
Mr Zulu alleged that some contractors were busy pocketing colossal sums of money once awarded the contracts by the Government.
He was however, impressed with the works carried out at Chamboli dam in Lundazi District, which gobbled 455, 000 Kwacha.
And the energy permanent secretary has instructed the provincial water Engineers office to prepare a comprehensive report on the alleged misapplications of 1.4 million Kwacha rebased on Mnduwi dam in Chipata district.
One of Eastern Province’s popular artists, Shadreck Banda commonly known as “Mbao” has died
Mr. Banda 36, died on the spot after being hit by a Toyota Corolla along the Chipata- Lundazi road.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Alfred Nawa says that Shadreck Banda who riding from Lundazi to Chipata was hit by a Toyota Corolla driven by Enock Banda aged 27 near Mwezi village.
He says that the accident happened when the driver of a Toyota Corolla tried to overtake him and in the process hit him.
Mr. Nawa says that Shadreck’s body is currently lying at Chipata General Hospital Mortuary while the driver of the Corolla is in police custody.
Meanwhile the National Arts Council has expressed shock at the death of Shadreck Banda, a prominent artist in Eastern Province.
Provincial Advisory Committee Chairperson, Samuel Phiri says Mr. Banda, who was popularly known as “Mbao” in one of the radio adverts has left a huge gap in the art fraternity.
Mr. Phiri says that the late Mr. Banda contributed meaningfully to the art industry in Eastern Province.
The late Mr. Banda featured prominently in radio adverts running on Breeze FM.
The Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority, PRA has closed five illegal drug stores and cosmetic business centres in Chipata.
Pharmaceutical Inspector, Don Sandi Mwangana confirmed this to Breeze News.
Mr. Mwangana says that owners of the five drug stores and cosmetic business centres have been summoned by the Magistrate court for carrying out pharmaceutical business without being registered and operating a pharmacy without registration, which is contrary to the laws of Zambia.
He says that this was after PRA, conducted an inspection of the business centres in December last year.
Mr. Mwangana has appealed to the general public to desist from buying medicines from illegal drug stores as doing so poses danger to their health.
He says the unregistered drug stores do not meet the standard requirements for selling medicines.
Mr. Mwangana also warned people engaging in illegal business that the law will visit them.
A generator explosion at Eastern Comfort Lodge in Chipata has left two people injured, with one of them seriously.
The incident happened around 14 hours yesterday when the two men, Daban Mbewe a builder and Madaliso Mvula an employee of the lodge, were testing the generator in preparation for any power interruption.
Eastern Comfort Lodge, Managing Director, Elvis Muhone told Breeze News that just when the two men wanted to start the generator, it exploded, setting fire, which also caught an air-conditioner.
In the process, Daban Mbewe suffered severe burns on the hand and leg, while his counterpart also sustained burns on the hand and face.
Mr. Muhone explained that quick action from workers, people, attending a workshop at the lodge and the Fire Brigade, prevented the fire from spreading to any building.
Daban and Madaliso were admitted to Chipata General Hospital.
Mr. Muhone said that the destroyed electrical gadgets were worth about 11 thousand Kwacha rebased.
Patriotic Front PF candidate in the Mpongwe parliamentary by-election, Gabriel Namulambe has scooped the seat.
Mr. Namulambe polled 4,600 votes followed by UPND’s Rabson Chilufya who polled 3, 060 votes.
Miniver Mutesa for MMD has polled 901 votes, while National Restoration Party NAREP candidate, Regan Ndhlovu got 588 votes.
One hundred and ten votes went to UNIP’s Ken Kuveya.
Out of 34,642 registered voters in Mpongwe Constituency, only 9,432 voted.
Meanwhile the Patriotic Front has scooped all the three local government elections namely Luswishi, Kanyenda and Musofu Wards.
The PF has also won the Basanga Ward local government seat in Itezhi-tezhi constituency and Lambwe ward seat in Namwala district.
Two people have died on the spot in a road traffic accident along the Great East Road in Petauke district.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalila confirmed the accident, which happened at about 12:10 hours about 12 kilometres east of Petauke district.
Ms. Chipalila told Breeze News that the accident happened when a Nissan Hardbody belonging to Chicken Hybrid Suppliers of Lusaka, driven by Paul Phiri, rammed into a stationary truck from Malawi, driven by Kabulanda Karaba of Mzuzu district.
She explained that Mr. Phiri and one of the passengers in the vehicle, Geoffrey Banda died on the spot while another passenger, Lewis Mwale survived.
Meanwhile Ms. Chipalila says that an attempt by pupils at Msoro Secondary School to protest early this week was foiled by school authorities.
She says that details on the reasons for the protest were not immediately made available to the police.