The Meteorological Department has warned of floods in valley areas of Eastern Province this rainy season.

The Meteorological Department has warned of floods in valley areas of Eastern Province this rainy season.
Provincial Meteorological Officer, John Londolo has since advised people not to cultivate on lower lands or river banks.
Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Londolo says people in Luembe area in Nyimba, Chikowa in Chief Jumbe’s area in Mambwe and Chama district are most likely to be affected.
He has further advised people in the province to avoid moving when it is raining to avoid being struck by lightening.
And Eastern province is expected to receive normal to above normal rainfall in the 2012-2013 farming season.
According to weather forecast for 2012 /2013 season made available to Breeze News, the province is likely to have normal rainfall from October to December this year.
Mr. Londolo explained that during February to March, 2013, the region is expected to have normal to above normal rainfall in most parts of the province.
Meanwhile, some parts of the province are expected to have showers this week.

Eastern Province Patriotic Front Party Information and Publicity Secretary, Mung’omba Ngoma given a job.

Eastern Province Patriotic Front Party PF Information and Publicity Secretary, Mung’omba Ngoma has been appointed to serve in the foreign service.
PF Provincial Chairperson, Lucas Phiri says that Mr. Ngoma has been appointed to serve in Angola.
Mr. Phiri says that Mr. Ngoma is currently attending an orientation workshop in Lusaka.
And Mr. Phiri has also revealed that former MMD Chama North Member of Parliament, Darius Mumba has also been appointed to serve in the foreign mission.
Mr. Mumba who ditched the MMD to join PF was however, dropped from re-contesting the seat after PF opted to field January Zimba.
Mr. Phiri says that the PF in Eastern Province is happy that the duos who have worked hard for the party have been empowered with jobs.

Two former members of Magazine Residents Development Committee in Chipata jailed for one year for illegal sell of Land.

Chipata Magistrate Court has sentenced two Magazine Compound former Residents Development Committee, RDC, members to one year two months imprisonment for illegal sell of Land and removing a beacon in Railways area.
Emmanuel Chamango former RDC, Chairperson and his former Secretary Thomas Banda were facing two charges of unlawful removal of a beacon and criminal trespass in Farm number D21, a property of Bela Devine.
Facts of the matter are that on unknown dates but between July, 1st, 2010 to July 18, 2011, the duo unlawfully trespassed and removed the beacon on Bela’s farm, land which is on title.
The two sold plots to several developers who started building illegally in the area.
And when passing Judgement, Magistrate Philip Mpunndu said selling of land illegally is on the increase not only in Chipata but countrywide.
Magistrate Mphundu said innocent people who are eager to develop have continued losing their money in the same way and the sentence should save as an example to would be offenders.

Food Reserve Agency still in a 101 billion Kwacha debt in Eastern Province.

The Food Reserve Agency FRA still owes farmers in Eastern Province about 101 billion Kwacha.
Provincial Agriculture Coordinator, Dr. Obvious Kabinda confirmed this to Breeze News.
He however, says that government is working hard to ensure that all farmers get their money by January15th, 2012 which is the end of the planting season.
And FRA has purchased more than 8 million by 50 kilogram bags of maize at a cost of close to 563, billion Kwacha this year in Eastern Province.
Dr. Kabinda says that out of the maize bought, the province has only paid about 461 Billion Kwacha to farmers.
And Dr. Kabinda says that about 83 percent of the inputs under FISP, Famer Input Support Program have been distributed in the province.
He also indicated that 90 percent of the inputs allocated to the province have been received.