Chief government spokesperson, Kennedy Sakeni says he is disappointed with former President, Rupiah Banda’s continued unwarranted attacks against government.
Mr. Sakeni says that Mr. Banda has continued attacking government through his lawyer Robert Amsterdam over the on-going investigations for his alleged wrongdoing while in office.
This is contained in a Press statement availed to Breeze News.
Mr Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services minister, says it is very clear that Mr Banda has chosen to play politics on very serious allegations of wrongdoing that he is facing as the statements he is issuing through his lawyer clearly demonstrate this fact.
Mr Sakeni says as a responsible government that respects the rule of law, government would like Mr Banda to receive adequate facilities through the established channels of the due process of the law in defending himself.
Mr Sakeni has warned Mr Banda, to desist from defending his case through the media by issuing disparaging statements against the on-going investigative process.
He says should Mr Banda continue with this practice, government will be left with no choice but to make public what he has described as very embarrassing details of Mr. Banda’s wrongdoing which the investigators have uncovered.
Cases of early marriages in Chief Ndake’s area in Nyimba district are still high.
Chief Ndake told Breeze News that a lot of parents are still allowing their children to get into marriage at a tender age.
The traditional leader says that some parents force their girl children to get married when they fall pregnant.
He explained that this has contributed to high illiteracy levels in his area.
Chief Ndake notes that the trend has also contributed to high poverty levels in chiefdom.
And two villagers, Rosemary and Aliness Mumba attributed this to some traditional practices such as initiation ceremonies.
The duo explained that some of the issues being taught to young girls during initiation ceremonies encourage young girls to engage in premature sexual relationships.
Transporters who were engaged to transport building materials and other equipment for CDF, Constituency Development Fund projects have castigated Lundazi District Council for failing to pay them.
The transporters who opted to remain anonymous complained that Lundazi District Council is reluctant to pay them despite the work done.
They revealed that the local authority owes them thousands of Kwacha for transporting the materials to the three constituencies in the district.
They complained that the work was carried out between December last year and March this year.
The transporters said that they could not understand why the money is not being given to them because government had already released the funds.
But when contacted, Lundazi District Council Treasurer, Mable Yengayenga said that the money was available in the bank and that some transporters have started getting their money.
Mrs. Yengayenga however, explained that some payment has delayed because it takes time to reach cheque signatories, who stay outside the boma.
People in Chief Chanje and Mafuta’s area have complained over alleged poor working culture by some workers at Rukuzye clinic.
The villagers say that authorities at the clinic have a tendency of knocking off early and refuse to attend to patients who seek medical attention at night.
The villagers wondered why a health institution can be left without people at night when a person can get sick at any time.
They appealed to the Ministry of Health to urgently look into the matter.
When contacted for a comment, Chipata District Community Medical Officer, Dr. Davies Simwaba advised people to be dropping their complaints in the complaints box that have been introduced in all health institutions.
Dr. Simwaba however, says that his office will follow up on the matter.
Chama District Commissioner Josphat Lombe has cautioned village headmen of Dungulungu against harbouring criminals.
Mr. Lombe has charged that he has received a report that criminals, who escaped from prison are hiding in the villages.
Mr. Lombe said this when he addressed a meeting of headmen in the area.
Meanwhile, the DC has given management at Chama boarding and Chama Day secondary schools two weeks in which to improve hygiene in toilets.
Speaking when he toured the schools to check on sanitation, Mr. Lombe noted that poor hygiene results into outbreak of diseases.
The DC, who paid an impromptu visit to the two learning institutions, was shocked at how the toilets are being kept.
The Patriotic Front PF government has decided to start getting views over the issue of lifting of immunity for former President, Rupiah Banda.
Deputy Minister of Works, Supply and Communications, Panji Kaunda confirmed the development.
Colonel Kaunda told Breeze News that it is important to get views from people of Eastern Province because this is where the former head of state comes from.
Colonel Kaunda also explained that government feels that it is important to explain to easterners, why the lifting of immunity for Mr. Banda was done.
Colonel Kaunda is expected to feature on a Political Hour Programme on Breeze FM tomorrow at 18hours.
And Colonel Kaunda has disclosed that government has embarked on a quarter term assessment of its performance since assuming power in 2011.
He says that it is important for the PF government to get feedback from people on whether it is living up to its party manifesto and what it promised Zambians.
Government says it is committed to addressing challenges being faced by the water companies.
Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone says that government is aware of the many challenges being faced by various water companies, which need urgent attention.
Mr. Sichone says that encroachment of Water plants, vandalism and illegal water connections are some of the many challenges faced by water utility companies.
He says that most of these challenges are not urgently being attended to by the water company because they are being owed huge sums of money by various institutions including government.
Mr. Sichone however, says that government has partnered with various Non-governmental organisations to address the challenges.
Mr. Sichone has appealed to government institutions owing the water company to ensure that they settle their bills to assist in addressing these challenges.
The Provincial Minister was speaking during the commemoration of World Water Day in Chipata today.
This year’s World Water Day is being commemorated under the theme” International Water Cooperation”.
People in Mambwe district have expressed concern with the quality of tarmac being put on the Chipata-Mfuwe road.
The residents have alleged that the road has already developed potholes, when works of completing the tarmac have not been completed or handed over to government.
Andrew Chulu says that the width of the tarmac is too small to withstand the heavy traffic on the road, which also leads to game backs.
Mr. Chulu has wondered what RDA, the Road Development Agency is doing and who is at fault for such works between government and the contractor.
But Sable Construction Company Managing Director, Nazir Aloo says that it is premature for the residents to complain because the tarring works have not yet been completed.
Mr. Aloo explained that the company has not yet applied what he described as double seal on the road, which is the final component involved when tarring a road.
He says that the company is currently working on the Mphomwa-Chisengu stretch and hope to complete working on this area by next week.
Chipata Municipal Council says there is need to change the way Constituency Development Fund Projects are being handled.
This came to light during DDCC, the District Development Coordinating Committee Meeting held in Chipata.
The technical committee drafting the proposed report on the 2012 CDF says that there is need to involve relevant authorities in monitoring projects that concern construction of police and health posts.
The committee also suggested that the committee should be involved in the initial scrutiny of applications adding that constant supervision of all approved projects should be done to avoid misappropriation of building materials.
The technical committee being led by Chipata Town Clerk, Ekan Chingangu added that they will ensure that all projects approved have bill of quantities.
The technical committee says that doing this will also assist to promote transparency in the handling of projects under CDF.
A 49 year old woman of Lufeyo village in Chief Mlolo in Chadiza district has been raped and murdered by unknown people.
The woman identified as Macrina Banda is believed to have met her fate on Monday night.
Eastern Province Deputy Police Commissioner Alfred Nawa says the victim is believed to have been murdered after a drinking spree with other people on Monday.
He says that police visited the scene and suspect that Macrina was strangled to death and her body dumped in Nsandzu stream, which was three kilometres away from the scene.
Mr. Nawa further told Breeze News that police suspect that the woman was raped by the assailants.
And police in Chipata have launched a manhunt for a man suspected to have defiled a 14 year old girl of Chituwo Farm.
Mr. Nawa says the incident, which was reported to police by the grandmother of the girl, Flyness Ndhlovu 62, happened on Tuesday around 16:00 hours.