Zambia’s Christopher Katongo is among five candidates competing for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2012 award.
The Zambia skipper is joined by last year’s winner, Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast who plays for English Football Club Manchester City.
Others are Didier Drogba, Senegal’s Demba Ba and Morocco’s Younes Belhanda.
The Patriotic Front PF Party in Chipata Central Constituency has castigated senior national party officials who visit the district without informing the provincial leadership.
Constituency Secretary, William Phiri also says that any PF party official who does not follow party regulations will not be respected.
Mr. Phiri further told Breeze News that party members should avoid receiving instructions from such people because the PF is committed to having a disciplined party.
And Mr. Phiri says that only former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani deserves to re-contest the Chipata Central seat if it is declared vacant by the courts.
Mr. Phiri says that this is because Mr. Mangani is the only one who petitioned the results of the September 20 parliamentary election.
He also says that the constituency leadership does not understand why some PF members are fighting over who is going to be adopted when the seat is still occupied by MMD Member of Parliament, Ruben Mtolo Phiri.
A Zambian has been arrested in Malawi for illegal settlement in Kasungu National park of Malawi.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalira confirmed the development to Breeze News.
Ms. Chipalira says that Roderick Mwamba of Chieftainess Mwasephangwe’s area in Lundazi district has been charged with three offences of Illegal settlement, illegal cutting of trees and animal unsettlement.
And in a similar incidence Ms. Chipalira says that an unnamed Malawian has been arrested in Lundazi for illegal entry into Zambia.
The two incidences happened last week on Sunday and Thursday.
Farmers who got fake fertilizer from Cargill Zambia 2009 Limited in Eastern Province have demanded for refund and compensation.
The farmers allege that their crop has failed to grow properly and that the cotton company should meet the wasted cost.
Cotton Association of Zambia CAZ Vice Provincial Chairperson, Adrian Banda says farmers are unhappy over the decision by Cargill to consult stakeholders before they are compensated.
Mr. Banda told Breeze News that the matter does not need any further consultation because Mount Makulu Research Station had confirmed after carrying out tests that the fertilizer does not meet the required standards.
And when contacted for comment, Cargill says that it is addressing the matter through the manufacturer and supplier of the fertilizer, Sasol Nitro.
In a statement availed to Breeze News by Cargill Project Manager, Emmanuel Mbewe the company says it has shared the results of the tests conducted on the fertilizer with Sasol, which is now in the process of taking steps to contact relevant Zambian authorities and address the concerns of farmers.
Mr. Mbewe further states that Cargill remains committed to supporting the Zambian cotton farming community and will work with Sasol as it works with farmers to resolve the matter.
Youth Development Foundation, YDF has charged that young people have been denied jobs in government.
YDF Executive Director, Chinoya Muyeye says that this is despite his organisation advocating for youths to be involved in decision making programs.
Mr. Muyeye told Breeze News that very few young people have been promoted to high positions because these jobs are given to old people who already retired from work.
He says that government should consider promoting young people as they also have the potential to develop the nation.
And Mr. Muyeye commended government for implementing the youth empowerment fund stating that the money will assist young people get involved in business.
Mr. Muyeye was speaking in an interview with Breeze News on the side-lines of the YDF annual general meeting held in Chipata.
President Michael Sata says that the state will defend and protect the Litunga and the Barotse Royal Establishment, BRE from any attempts of aggression being fomented by a clique of misguided individuals.
This is contained in a press statement availed to Breeze News and signed by special assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah.
The Head of State says he has credible information that there are certain frustrated and ill-advised persons that are manoeuvring to bring strife to the Litunga and the BRE.
He has warned that the state security wings will not sit idle and watch reckless people sow discord in Western Province.
The President says that government is committed to ensuring peace and stability in Western Province and views the Litunga and the BRE as an important part of that process.
He also warned that people seeking to undermine the Litunga and the BRE using unlawful means will be dealt with firmly.
Four pupils from Anoya Boys High School in Chipata have been detained by police for raping two grade 10 female pupils from Chipata Day Secondary School.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira confirmed this to Breeze News.
Mrs. Chipalira says that the incident happened last Friday around 18 hours in the golf course.
Mrs. Chipalria however says that one of the boys has been turned into a witness of the incident.
She says that the four pupils who include 2 grade nines, one grade 11 and one grade 12 have been charged with rape and will appear in court soon.
The number of diabetes cases is increasing at a very fast rate in Zambia.
This came to light during the commemoration of World Diabetes Day held in Chipata on Friday.
Eastern Province Medical Officer, Dr. Kennedy Malama says that the entire districts in Eastern Province have been reporting an increase in diabetes cases and attendances at health facilities.
And Dr. Malama says that there are 285 million cases of diabetes worldwide today and that most diabetic patients do not know that they are suffering from the disease.
Dr. Malama mentioned some symptoms of diabetes as frequent thirsty, losing energy, losing weight, too much appetite and frequent urinating.
The Provincial Medical Officer advised people to watch what they eat by not consuming food with excess fats in order to prevent diabetes.
He says that government is doing everything in ensuring that diabetes is prevented in Zambia.
The World Diabetes Day is being commemorated under the theme “Diabetes Education and Prevention”.
The Livestock and Veterinary department in Petauke has dismissed media reports that there is an increase in the number of stray dogs in the district.
Petauke Livestock Officer, Inambao Mawela says that the department has not received any report from members of the public about stray dogs roaming the streets.
Mr. Mawela told Breeze FM Correspondent, Mercy Maseko that if the media reports were true, the district would have a lot of rabies cases.
And Mr. Mawela says that the Livestock and Veterinary department in Petauke has vaccinated a lot of dogs.
He however, reminded pet owners to ensure that their animals are vaccinated.
The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD in Eastern Province says it is not shaken with removal of the party as leader of opposition political parties in parliament by the Speaker, Patrick Matibini.
Provincial Vice- Publicity Secretary, Lobby Khondowe, says the former ruling party is now getting stronger than ever and is focusing on winning the 2016 general elections.
Mr. Khondowe also says that it is misleading for anyone to suggest that MMD has lost popularity because of losing recently held by-elections.
On Wednesday, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini announced the decision when he made a ruling on a point of order raised in June this year by Defence deputy Minister Davis Mwila whether it was in order for the MMD to continue being recognized as the official opposition when its seats in parliament had reduced from the initial 55 to 52 at the time.
Dr Matibini in his ruling noted that for a political party to be bestowed with the status of official opposition in parliament, it should have 53 members of parliament which is the house’s quorum.
The current membership of opposition parties in the house has MMD 51 seats, UPND 30 seats, ADD and FDD one seat each and two independents.
This gives the PF 65 elected Members of Parliament and 8 nominated MPs