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.
Government through the Ministry of Education owes teachers in Chipata district over 20 billion kwacha in unpaid allowances.
This came to light during a joint statement by the Zambia National Union Teachers, ZNUT, the Professional Teachers Union of Zambia, PTUZ, and the Basic Education Teachers Union held in Chipata.
The three teacher unions have, therefore, called on government to expedite the payment of various allowances owed to teachers.
And the unions observed that pupils in rural areas are denied quality education due to the shortage of qualified teachers.
They explained that most schools in rural areas are run by only a few teachers.
The unions thanked government for the teacher’s deployment exercises it has started, saying this will reduce the shortage.
However, the unions explained that most teachers shun working in rural schools due to challenges they face in getting their rural hardship allowances.
Government has urged the Chipata Municipal Council to take garbage collection seriously.
Chipata district commissioner, Kalunga Zulu says that uncollected garbage is now making Chipata town look very dirty.
He said this has now become a source of concern.
Mr. Zulu further urged the council to sensitise residents not be throwing litter anyhow.
He said this during the District Epidemic and Preparedness Meeting held in Chipata.
Meanwhile, Chipata Municipal Council has set up a task force on land to carry out a land audit in the district.
Chipata Municipal Council Senior Land Surveyor, David Tembo told Breeze news that says the task force has been set up in order to have well-coordinated development of construction works in the district.
Mr. Tembo explained that for a long time there has been no sanity in the construction of buildings and land allocation in the district.
He explained that the exercise which has started with Kalongwezi Extension, will extend to all residential areas in the district in order to correct mistakes on land issues.
Mr. Tembo says that the local authority has observed that illegal invasion of plots, building of houses and structures without plans approved by the local authority is on the increase in the district.
Mr. Tembo further says that the exercise is not meant for witch-hunting but to ensure that developers who did not have legal documents for their plots, can normalise the situation.
He, however, urged the public not to shun the exercise, as those whose data will not be captured during the exercise will be charged.
Magwero School for the deaf and blind in Chipata has been left out of next year’s implementation plan for the construction of school projects in the District.
Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza told Breeze News that the school does not appear in the implementation plan of the rehabilitation and construction of schools for the period 2012/2013.
This means that the school, which has been in a deplorable state for a long time, will not be rehabilitated soon.
Mr. Mwanza, however, says that government remains committed to the pronouncement that was made by former president, Rupiah Banda that the school should be rehabilitated.
He says that the issue was also raised in Parliament by Chipata Central Member of parliament, Reuben Mtolo Phiri who wanted to find out when the school will be worked on.
Mr. Mwanza says that the school has continued to receive grants from government according to the enrolled number of pupils.
Magwero School for the Blind and Deaf was constructed by the Dutch Reformed Church in the late 1840s as a Primary School and since then, the school has not been upgraded despite it being a Secondary school now.
Head Teacher of the School of the Deaf, Sara Dipa had indicated that only a one by three classroom block was constructed with the help of PTA, the Parents Teachers Association.
Government has warned that it will punish parents who violate children’s’ rights.
Chadiza district commissioner, Paul Phiri says that government has observed that a lot of parents, especially fathers, are in the fore front in violating children’s rights in the district.
Breeze FM correspondent in Chadiza, Paul Adams Phiri, reports that the District Commissioner sounded the warning during the commemoration of the Human Rights day in Chadiza.
Mr. Phiri also cautioned that government will not allow perpetrators of Gender Based Violence, GBV, in Chadiza district to go unpunished.
However, Mr. Phiri said that the fight against GBV is being affected by the failure by victims to report cases to police and other relevant authorities.
He urged all women and children to change the attitude and start reporting GBV cases if the fight is to yield results.