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.
Residents in Katete district have complained over the overgrown grass in the district.
The residents told Breeze FM Staffer, Gift Phiri in Katete that the council is only slashing grass in main roads, leaving the compounds.
They say that they are worried that diseases such as malaria might break out if the situation is not controlled.
And Katete District deputy Council Secretary, Nason Nyanji acknowledged that the local authority is not slashing grass in compounds because they do not have enough money to pay casual workers doing the work.
Mr. Nyanji however, says that the council will look into the matter.
He encouraged owners of plots that were given by the council to be slashing the grass and keep their environments clean to avoid diseases.
The Patriotic Front PF candidate Gabriel Namulambe has taken an early lead in the Mpongwe parliamentary by-election.
Mr. Namulambe has so far polled 4,167 votes while his closest rival Rabson Chilufya for UPND has 2,699.
Miniver Mutesa for MMD has polled 815 votes, while National Restoration Party NAREP candidate, Regan Ndhlovu has 554 votes.
These results are from 39 out of 48 polling stations. ECZ is still collecting ballot boxes from other polling centres, which cannot be easily accessed by road but by chopper.
At least forty-seven stray suspected rabid dogs have been shot dead by Lundazi District Council.
Council Environmental Technician, Regina Banda says that the exercise to eliminate the dogs is being carried out in conjunction with the Zambia Police, Prisons and Ministry of Health.
Ms. Banda says the exercise is aimed at reducing the cases of human dog bites, which have become rampant in the district.
She indicated that recently Lundazi District Council embarked on community sensitisation in which dog owners were advised to vaccinate their dogs against rabies.
Ms. Banda further explained that pet owners are supposed to secure their vaccinated dogs within their premises from 05 hours to 22 hours daily failure to which the local authority will not hesitate to implement the dogs’ act, which allows them to shot dogs roaming the streets.
And Ms. Banda says that one person is not allowed to keep more than five dogs.
Meanwhile the community in Lundazi is happy with the move taken by the council to shot all stray dogs.