Some people with disabilities in Eastern province have expressed concern with the selection of disabled people to participate in the Provincial Constitution Review Conference scheduled for next week on Monday.
Speaking to Breeze News, Zambia National Disabled Support Group Spokesperson, John Nyati, expressed disappointment that the deaf have been denied representation.
Mr. Nyati says it is sad that the deaf have been left out despite the Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution agreeing to a proposal to have a sign language interpreter during deliberations.
He revealed that government only selected the blind and physically handicapped but left out the deaf.
Mr. Nyati wondered who the deaf interpreter is going to translate to because the deaf are not attending.
He has called for inclusion of the deaf before the sitting starts next week, stating that it is important that they also understand and contribute to the constitution review process.
Out-going Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba has defended President, Michael Sata over his decision to transfer him to Western Province.
The transfer, which came barely two months after Mr. Mwamba was transferred from Northern Province to Eastern, has been received with mixed feelings in different sectors.
Mr. Mwamba says that people should understand that the president has the right to transfer any civil servant to ensure that government performs.
He however, told Breeze News that he hopes that the new permanent secretary, Bert Mushala will continue to implement developmental plans, which he had put in place.
The Church, Chiefs and the Patriotic Front Provincial Committee in Eastern Province are among those that have requested President Sata to consider allowing Mr. Mwamba to stay in Eastern Province as he had initiated a lot of development programs which they feared, might not be carried out with his recent transfer.
President Michael Sata recently transferred Mr. Mwamba from Eastern Province to Western in a swap with his counterpart Bert Mushala.
The banned tujilijili alcoholic drink is still being sold at Kapata Market in Chipata district.
Marketeers at Kapata Modern Market revealed this to Breeze News, which visited the trading area.
The traders explained that the tujilijili is being sold secretly as people are only seen drinking the sachet packaged alcoholic drink.
And the marketeers complained over the uncollected garbage at the market, stating that Chipata Municipal Council has not been consistent in removing the refuse.
And Chipata Municipal Council Public Relations Officer, Taonga Kaonga says that the local authority will follow up the matter because it is illegal for anyone to sell beer or any alcoholic drink in markets.
Meanwhile Ms. Kaonga says that the community is not helping the council in disposing off refuse, as they dump garbage carelessly.
Ms. Kaonga also says that the council is disappointed with people throwing garbage in Lunkhwakwa stream, which is a good source of water.
Trial in the cases where two former Chipata branch Investrust Bank employees are accused of theft involving about 350 million Kwacha from customer accounts in 2009 has started in the Chipata Magistrate court.
Judge Sakala a former Supervisor at Chipata Branch Investrust Bank and Haboya Moonga, a former teller are jointly facing 11 counts of fraudulent false accounting contrary to section 326, cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The two are also facing charges on 11 counts of theft by servant contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Chipata Magistrate Court heard that Investrust bank Chipata branch received 111 complaints of missing money from customers’ accounts.
Investrust bank Head of Internal Audit, Shadreck Banda, who is based in Lusaka, also told Chipata Principle Resident Magistrate, Paul Chisha, that on 16th, November, 2009, one of the customers, Jalid Mushi, complained to the bank of missing 160 million Kwacha, the transaction, which was posted by Moonga as a teller.
He further told the court that Cosmos Mwamba, another client also complained of missing money in two accounts of 2.5 million Kwacha and 1.5 million Kwacha cash, the money transaction posted by Moonga.
The two are represented by the lawyers, Fed Jere and Company. Trial continues.
Thirty-two thousand people have benefitted from medical services being offered through the mobile hospital in Eastern Province.
Provincial Medical Officer, Kennedy Malama also says that the Ministry of Health has conducted 2,050 operations through the mobile hospital since it started operating.
Speaking to Breeze News, Dr. Malama described these figures as impressive.
He further indicated that the Ministry of Health has this year targeted to visit two districts every month.
Dr. Malama says that so far the mobile hospital unit has this month been to Kafumbwe area in Katete, where 1,290 clients were attended to.
The provincial medical officer says that the mobile hospital unit is now in Mambwe district and that medical staff have already attended to 520 people with seven operations having been conducted.
The Anti- Corruption Commission, ACC says it is doing everything possible to ensure that all proceeds of corruption are confiscated from people involved.
ACC Eastern Province Community Education Officer, George Kaguya says that this is in line with the key area of the SADC, Southern Africa Development Community protocol on corruption known as the confiscation of proceeds of crime.
He says the proceeds of crime include cars, houses and cell phones.
Mr. Kaguya however, says that if the property that has been confiscated does not belong to the person being investigated, the original owner of that particular property has the right to claim it after 90 days of its confiscation.
He says that the aim of confiscating proceeds of graft is to ensure that corruption is a non-profitable venture.
Mr. Kaguya was speaking during a gender based violence and corruption training held in Chipata.
The Anglican Church in Eastern Province is disappointed with President Michael Sata’s decision to transfer Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba to Western Province.
Eastern Diocese Anglican Bishop, William Muchombo says that Mr Mwamba’s transfer has deprived the province of a man of vision and action at the helm of the civil service at provincial level.
Bishop Muchombo says that although the President has the authority to move officers as he sees feet, he should give Mr Mwamba some more time to serve in Eastern Province.
Bishop Muchombo says during his short service in the Province, Mr. Mwamba spelled out his developmental vision for the region and what he expected of his fellow civil servants.
He says that the success of a government is not by accident but very much dependent on a functioning and hardworking civil service with good leadership.
Police in Eastern Province have warned taxi operators, who will not abide by the law to register or paint their vehicles that they will face the law.
Deputy Police Commissioner for Eastern Province, Alfred Nawa told journalists that police and RTSA, the Road Transport and Safety Agency will continue impounding the vehicles that are not registered and painted and arrest the drivers.
The regional deputy police chief says that vehicles that will be impounded will only be given back to the owners after they have registered with RTSA, so that they can be paying tax to government.
Mr. Nawa says that Eastern Province is the only place where taxi drivers have chosen to disobey the rules and regulations of RTSA by not registering and painting their vehicles.
He says that taxi operators will be given a grace period in which to paint the vehicles because it is an expensive.
Zambia has started her title defence of the Africa Cup of Nations on a disappointing note, after being held to a one all draw by a 10 man Ethiopia.
Gabonese referee, Castane Otogo sent off Ethiopian goalkeeper, Jemal Tassew, after a rough challenge on Chisamba Lungu in the closing stages of the first half.
A few minutes later, Zambia made use of their numerical advantage, as Collins Mbesuma put the Chipolopolo Boys ahead.
However, after the break, Ethiopia put up a spirited preface and this paid off as skipper Adane Girma’s low short beat Kennedy Mweene to equalise in the 64th minute.
In another Group C encounter, ten-man Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw as Burkina Faso scored with the last kick of their opening Group C match at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Alain Traore slid home in the 94th minute as the Super Eagles failed to stop Jonathan Pitroipa’s cutback.
Emmanuel Emenike had opened the scoring after 23 minutes, showing great hunger to latch onto Ideye Brown’s flick.
The establishment of the Chipata Cotton storage yard in Lundazi district has been approved by ZEMA, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency.
The approval however, comes amid a misunderstanding on the piece of land where the storage yard is supposed to be constructed.
The project is among 64 projects that have been approved across the country in the areas of prospecting mining, energy, processing and manufacturing, urban development, agriculture and tourism.
ZEMA Communications Officer, Chama Mwansa has confirmed the development in a Press Statement availed to Breeze News.
Ms. Mwansa says that the approval of the 64 projects is based on the information provided for the developments, site verification inspection findings and input from authorizing agencies.
She says that all the projects have been approved subject to conditions and have a three-year timeline for implementation.
Ms. Mwansa says that ZEMA’s decision can be withdrawn without notice should a developer fail to comply with laid down conditions and commitments.
ZEMA has reminded all industries of their corporate social responsibility of ensuring that environmental and social concerns are fully incorporated into their overall operational regimes.