Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba has been transferred to Western Province barely two months after he was posted to Eastern Province.
President Michael Sata has with immediate effect swapped Mr. Mwamba with Western Province Permanent Secretary, Betty Mushala.
Mr. Mwamba announced his transfer Thursday morning during the Provincial Joint Operations Committee meeting in Chipata.
Mr. Mwamba says that he received a call from the president asking him if he can work in Western Province which he says as a civil servant, he was ready to work anywhere.
And Mr. Mwamba has advised government departments and parastatal companies that the programs that he had started pushing for them in the Province should not end because he has been transferred.
Has says that the programmes should continue despite having a new permanent secretary.
Mr. Mwamba is expected to be in Western Province on Monday next week.
Shortage of mealie-meal has hit Petauke district barely a few days after retailers reduced the price of the staple food.
A check by Breeze News in most retail outlets found that they did not have the commodity in stock.
The traders had reduced the price of a 25 kilogramme bag of mealie from about 60 Kwacha rebased to 50 Kwacha rebased while others reduced the price to 48 Kwacha rebased.
The price reduction attracted panic buying from the residents.
And some residents have expressed concern that they could not understand how mealie-meal could finish in the whole district.
Republican President, Michael Sata last week convinced millers to reduce the price of the staple food, which had been increased to 80 Kwacha rebased in some parts of the country.
Low quality fertilizer is reducing crop production in the country.
National Principal Agricultural Research Officer, Sesele Sokotela says that the agricultural production in the country is low due to low quality fertilizer entering the country illegally.
He was speaking during a one day seminar with stakeholders in Chipata.
Mr. Sokotela says research has revealed that due to weak laws on importation of fertilizer, it has put the country in an awkward position because the Ministry of Agriculture cannot protect farmers against fake fertilizers.
He explained that most of the fertilizer found on the market does not work to the expectations of farmers.
Mr. Sokotela however, says the Ministry of Agriculture has embarked on three years project, to advocate for strong legal frame work which would curb the low quality of inputs on the Zambian market.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba has threatened some senior officers at Chipata Municipal Council that they risk losing their jobs if the poor sanitation at Saturday Market does not improve in a weeks’ time.
Mr. Mwamba expressed sadness with the poor sanitation at the market where the toilets and drainages are in a deplorable state posing a health hazard.
Mr. Mwamba says that the council has been giving him reports that Chipata town is clean when infact not.
He directed the town clerk and health inspectors from the council to clean the market within one week saying that he will inspect the trading area again to see if there will be change.
Mr. Mwamba was speaking when he toured Saturday market Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mwamba says that illegal street vendors, cyclists and taxi drivers operating near Saturday market are posing danger to human life.
Mr. Mwamba says that many lives will be lost if a serious accident was to happen because there is serious congestion along Umodzi highway.
He has directed the Town Clerk and RTSA, the Road Transport and Safety Agency to quickly work on the issue.
The PS also says that RTSA should sensitise cyclists, taxi drivers and other road users on the importance of obeying traffic rules while the council should give illegal street vendors trading stands in markets.
He added that there is need to widen the roads in Chipata town and create a lane for the cyclists because stopping them from operating is not a good idea.
Two Chinese nationals are nursing serious injuries at Chipata General Hospital after they were attacked by robbers early Tuesday morning.
Nurse in charge at Chipata General Hospital, Nelly Banda named the two as Michael Chan who has sustained a deep cut on the head and a fractured arm and Evan Lame whose condition is stable.
Ms. Banda says that the two were admitted to the hospital around 02 hours this morning.
And Eastern Province Deputy Commissioner for Police, Alfred Nawa confirmed the development saying that the incident occurred around 01 hours this morning when armed robbers attacked AST Cotton Company, situated in Chipata Motel area.
He says that the armed robbers are believed to be three according to a watchman at the company only identified as Mr. Banda who was also attacked.
Mr. Nawa says that police are investigating the matter to bring the culprits to book.
President Michael Sata, has sent a message of goodwill to the Zambia national soccer team ahead of the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations finals, which kicks off in South Africa this weekend.
This is contained in a press statement availe to Breeze News by the Presidents Special Assistant for Press and Publlic Relations Goerge Chellah.
The President says the Chipolopolo boys should once again represent the country with determination, passion and pride to overcome all obstacles they will encounter at the 16-nation tournament.
He has urged the team to maximise their unlimited potential, as they did at the 2012 edition in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, and aim for the ultimate prize.
President Sata says as champions, the burden to prove their true worthiness is greater, and that of equal proportion should be their ambition to remain the top team on the continent.
The Head of State, who is also Football Association of Zambia FAZ patron, urged the team to turn every challenge into an opportunity and exploit their chances to the fullest.
He says his personal and Government’s support of the team is borne not only out of the love for football but strong conviction in the unending potential of the boys, backroom staff and FAZ officials.
Zambia are in Group C with 1994 champions Nigeria, 1962 winners Ethiopia and Burkina Faso at the competition which starts on January 19 and ends on February 10.
The number of illegal foreign traditional healers and witchdoctors is reported to be on the increase in Chipata district.
This has worried Kanjala Ward Councillor, Jealous Phiri, who has appealed to government to quickly address the matter.
Mr. Phiri has alleged that the traditional healers and witchdoctors are contributing to the increase in crime cases in the area as they are difficult to be identified because they are foreigners.
He says that government should engage THPAZ, the Traditional Healers of Zambia on the matter or revoke their operating licence for allowing such a situation to take root.
Mr. Phiri has also appealed to the Immigration Department to investigate foreigners saying that a lot of them are staying in Zambia without legal documents.
And Mr. Phiri has urged people in his ward to stop taking the law in their own hands whenever they find a person breaking the law.
Mr. Phiri was reacting to an incident where some people assaulted a person on suspicion that he was practising Satanism.
A 12 year old girl of Kapata Township in Chipata has been defiled by a man whose age is not yet known.
And a 6 year old girl of the same area believed to be a young sister to the defiled girl has been assaulted on her body parts by the same man.
Eastern Province Deputy Commissioner of Police, Alfred Nawa who confirmed this says that the girl was defiled on Saturday around 18 hours.
Mr. Nawa says that the man who is currently on the run and is not related to the girls entered the house where the girls are staying then defiled and assaulted the two sisters.
Mr. Nawa says that the incident was reported to the police by the guardian to the two girls who was not at home when it happened.
And Mr. Nawa says that police are investigating a case where a Zambian truck driver from Nyimba district was found dead in Mozambique.
Mr. Nawa says that James Milanzi aged 33, working as a driver for Sushi or T and T transport of Kapiri Mposhi went missing on Thursday last week and was discovered dead on the second day.
He says that the matter was reported to Chipata Central Police Station adding that the matter is being investigated.
The Ministry of Education owes teachers and officers in Eastern Province about 46 billion Kwacha.
Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza told Breeze News that the owed money is in salary related arrears which are leave terminal benefits, travel terminal benefits and settling in allowances.
Mr. Mwanza says that the outstanding bill is for both retirees and those that are still serving.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba has advised the PEO to write to his office so that he can quickly forward the matter to relevant authorities.
Mr. Mwamba says that it is shocking that government is busy advising civil servants to work hard and yet they are being owed huge sums of money by the same government which he says is not good.
He says that paying civil servants the owed amount is the only way to motivate them so that they work hard.
Chadiza district has been hit with critical shortage of CD4 Count Reagents, paralyzing CD4 Count services for HIV/AIDS clients.
Chadiza District Medical Officer, Swali Fundafunda, who confirmed the development, has appealed to cooperating partners to help the district because the situation is critical.
Dr. Fundafunda says at the moment clients were being referred to Chipata General Hospital, Mwami and Saint Frances Mission Hospital in Katete to conduct their CD4 Count.
Meanwhile the Chadiza District Health Team has intensified sensitization campaigns on the prevention of waterborne diseases like cholera in the area.
Dr. Fundafunda says the ministry is trying to ensure that the district does not experience any serious cases of cholera.
He warned the community that with the onset of the rains, there is fear that there may be outbreak of waterborne diseases.
The district medical officer says that there is need for community sensitization on the need to maintain high standards of hygiene in their homes.