President Michael Sata will this Saturday officiate at the ground- breaking ceremony marking the commencement of the construction of the 91 kilometres Luangwa Bridge – Feira Road project.
This is contained in a press statement availed to Breeze News by the Presidents Special Assistance for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah.
Mr. Chellah says that this part of the project includes the portion of road between Luangwa Bridge and Luangwa Boma, which is anticipated to be implemented within a period of 24 months.
He says the project starts from Great East Road at Luangwa Bridge and ends at Luangwa Boma covering an approximate distance of 91 kilometres.
The District road coded D145 is a strategic route linking Luangwa Boma from the Great East Road.
Mr. Chellah adds that once completed, the road will provide a shorter route to Zimbabwe and Mozambique and promote economic activities.
Mr. Chellah says the link Zambia Project will also create jobs for local people and small Zambian contractors, who will be engaged as sub-contractors by the main contractors.
Hunger is looming in Manyinda area of Chief Msoro in Mambwe district, after hundreds of fields where destroyed on Tuesday this week.
Bernard Tembo and Alfred Banda told Breeze News that this happened following heavy windy rains around 14hours on Tuesday.
And Kasamanda Ward councillor Phaile Mbewe who also confirmed the incidence, said that some maize, sunflower and cotton fields were destroyed.
Mr. Mbewe explained that the maize has been destroyed at a wrong time as it is not fully ready.
The councillor said that the house belonging to headman Manyinda was also blow, leaving a number of properties destroyed.
Police in Katete District have apprehended a man believed to be a key suspect into the gruesome killing of a -19 year –old Katete Day Secondary School pupil last Saturday.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalila and Deputy Police Commissioner Alfred Nawa have confirmed the arrest of Faindani Phiri 24, of Gudula Village.
The body of Naomi Daka of Mkoma Ni Mau Village in Chief Kawaza’s area was found in the bush near the school playing field.
This was after the teenager had gone to school to study around 19:00 hours with two other girls, who included her younger sister.
Mr Nawa says the suspect was apprehended in Sinda District after fleeing the mourners who had followed him at his house in Katete.
He says the suspect who has been charged with murder was trailing the girl every day.
Naomi who had signs of having been raped and strangulation was also stabbed in the face by sharp instruments suspected to be a knife.
Meanwhile one person has died after being hit by a Toyota Hilux Surf registration number ABZ 9205 on the Great East Road in Petauke District.
Mr Nawa says Aaron Tembo 35, of Zemba Village in Chief Mumbi died on the spot in a road traffic accident which happened West of Petauke boma on Tuesday.
He says the accident happened when a tourist Reiner Berthold 33, of Niedervassr, Germany avoided hitting a pig which was on the road.
Mr Nawa explained that Berthold has been charged with the case of causing death by dangerous driving and is expected to appear in court soon.
An assessment carried out on crop damage by a hailstorm in Msekera area of Chipata district has revealed that there will be poor harvest.
The assessment was carried out by officers from the Ministry of Agriculture covering all the field crops ranging from 2 to 19 hectors of each crop.
Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu says that the findings show that sunflower, cotton, tobacco, cowpeas and soya beans fields have the largest damage.
He says that the mentioned field crops have been left with almost nothing with the assessment showing 70 to 80 per cent damage.
Mr. Zulu further says that fields of crops like maize, sweet potatoes, groundnuts and cassava suffered damage of at least between 2 to 60 per cent.
Mr. Zulu added that there is serous soil erosion in the area and that the hailstorm also caused a bit of damage to property belonging to Mrs Catherine Tembo including her house.
The DC however, says that the hailstorm did not cause any damage to livestock.
Desperation has gripped some tobacco farmers in Eastern Province due to delay by TBZ, Tobacco Board of Zambia to open the marketing season.
The farmers are also blank on what prices merchants will use to buy their crop.
This has resulted in briefcase buyers taking advantage of the situation to exploit some farmers, who are desperate for money.
And one of the tobacco farmers, Chishala Chilufya says that the delay to open the crop marketing will have a negative effect on the crop and result in farmers losing out.
Mr. Chilufya further complained that if the crop marketing period delays further, it will have serious impact on tobacco farming because farmers are supposed to start preparing for the 2013/2014 farming season next month.
He says that TBZ has not communicated to farmers on why the crop marketing, which was supposed to open early this month, has delayed to open.
And when contacted for comment, TBZ Board Secretary, Samson Muyembe said that the tobacco crop marketing will open soon.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Mr. Muyembe however, said that he could not shed more light on the matter because he was attending a meeting.
However, investigations carried out by Breeze News suggest that the crop marketing has delayed to open because TBZ has applied to government to allow the quoting of buying prices in United States dollars.
Government last year banned quoting in foreign currencies of all business transactions.
Youths in Lundazi district have cried foul after being swindled out of millions of Kwacha by a named youth organisation.
One of affected youths, Masayo Banda of Chikota Village, says that a man only identify as Mr. Kaumba called for job interviews in the name of YAZ, Youth Association of Zambia last year in November.
Mr. Banda, who was offered a job as provincial public relations assistant officer explained that Mr. Kaumba demanded that the youths pay 30 Kwacha rebased non-refundable fee to be interviewed.
He says that Mr. Kaumba, who left for Kabwe failed to honour his promise adding that the man was no longer reachable through his mobile phone numbers.
And Lundazi District Commissioner, Janet Mvula says that she is not aware that a representative of Youth Association of Zambia visited the district to offer jobs at which 60 youths were employed.
Ms. Mvula however, advised the youths to be careful when dealing with non-government organisations, which are not well established.
Over five hundred million Kwacha rebased has been allocated to upgrade Chipata-Chadiza and Katete-Chanida roads.
Chadiza District Council Chairman, Richard Zimba confirmed this to Breeze News in Chadiza.
Mr. Zimba says that another ten million Kwacha rebased has been allocated to rehabilitate township roads in the district.
Mr. Zimba says that the local authority has signed a contract with China State Construction Engineering Cooperation Limited in conjunction with RDA, the Road Development Agency to carry out the works.
The council chairperson says that the contractor is expected on site by Friday this week, adding that the contract will run for 24 months.
He has commended Chief M’lolo for giving out a piece of land in his chiefdom where the contractor is camping.
Fifteen point six kilometres of township roads in Chipata will be rehabilitated at a cost of 89 million Kwacha rebased.
This follows the signing of a contract between Chipata Municipal Council and Sable Construction Company.
Public Relations Officer, Taonga Kaonga says that the contract whose mobilation is expected to start next week, will last for 18 months.
Ms. Kaonga says that the works will include construction of new drainages, stone pitching, pavement construction as well as street lightning.
And Sable construction Company Manager, Wilson Machirori says that the quality of works that will be done is expected to last for ten years because the roads will be covered with what he termed as Asphalt layer.
Mr. Machirori says the biggest challenge that has been making most roads to develop potholes within a short period of time after construction is the heavy trucks.
Provincial Minister, Malozo Sichone has described the fight against corruption in the country as intensive and challenging.
Mr. Sichone says that this is because of the high level of corruption, which has almost affected every sector including the church and traditional set ups.
Speaking during “Political Hour” programme on Breeze FM last evening, Mr. Sichone, however, says that government will not relent in fighting graft.
And Mr. Sichone dismissed statements that the fight against corruption is targeted at certain individuals, while others are being left to run scot free.
Meanwhile the provincial minister says that the PF government has reviewed its policies to ensure that it delivers development to Zambians and reduce the high levels of poverty.
Mr. Sichone further explained government’s commitment to improving the state of roads, building more schools and improving the agriculture sector.
And Mr. Sichone says that government is aware of the congestion in most schools in the province.
He has attributed the congestion in schools to failure by the MMD, Movement for Multi- Party Democracy government to expand schools on time when they observed that the population was growing.
Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone has directed illegal street vendors at Saturday market in Chipata to stop trading on the road.
Mr. Sichone, who toured the market, says that government allowed people to trade on the streets so that they have a source of income before government constructs new markets.
He says that this does not mean that people should be trading on the road, as it is dangerous because a serious accident may occur.
Mr. Sichone directed the traders to move behind the drainage system of the road failure to which he will remove them from the street and take them to a place where they will not even be able to sale.
The illegal vendors have previously brushed off fears of accidents, stating that they do not fear death as accidents will always happen.