Irate farmers on Thursday stormed the office of the District Agricultural Coordinator in Lundazi district to protest over the decision to suspend the distribution of inputs under FISP, the Farmer Input Support Programme by OMNIA fertilizer.
Chazevu Cooperative Chairperson Richard Lungu and Bokosi Cooperative Secretary, Lambson Zyambo told Breeze FM Correspondent in Lundazi Mtambwa Nkhoma that they wanted to know why Omnia had suspended the distribution exercise.
The duo expressed sadness on the development as it is the second time that it is happening.
The two cooperative leaders said that Senior Agricultural Officer, Fredrick Mwansa had informed them that the problem is national.
And the two cooperative leaders also complained that they had been given maize seed without fertilizer and told to use their own transport in ferrying the inputs, which they described as discouraging.
When contacted for a comment, Lundazi District Agricultural Coordinator, Philemon Lungu said the suspension exercise by Omnia has not come to his attention.
Mr. Lungu referred all queries to the Provincial Agriculture Coordinator, who could not be reached for comment by News time.
A 21 year old man of Kaimba Village in Chief Kazembe’s area in Lundazi district has died after being beaten by three men.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira, confirmed the incident.
Mrs. Chipalila says that Jackson Ngúni was beaten on Monday and died on Wednesday at Lundazi District Hospital, after sustaining serious injuries.
And Breeze FM Correspondent in Lundazi, Mtambwa Nkhoma reports that relatives of Jackson also confirmed the death.
One suspect, Penias Chavula of Kaimba village is in police custody in Lundazi while the other two are on the run.
Chipata district has received 31 metric tonnes of maize seed to be given to farmers whose crops might have been damaged by army worms.
Acting District Agriculture Coordinator, DACO, Chrisborne Mubamba who confirmed this to Breeze News says that the maize seeds will only be given out upon verification that the field has been damaged by army worms.
And Dr. Mubamba says that army worms have attacked two fields belonging to Headman Kapinga in Chiwoko area of Chipata district.
Dr. Mubamba however says that the two fields have been sprayed and the situation is under control.
Dr. Mubamba appealed to the general public to report to his office if they see suspected army worms anywhere.
A 51 year old headman has been axed to death by his nephew in Lundazi district.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalaila has confirmed the incident to Breeze News this morning.
Ms. Chipalila says that Benson Tembo who is headman Mgidi was murdered by his nephew Tryson Tembo aged 38 after he was axed twice in the head.
She says that the incident happened after the two relatives differed over the issue of leadership.
Ms. Chipalila says that police have since launched a manhunt for Tryson Tembo who is currently on the run.
Meanwhile a 24 year old man has died after being hit with a stick on the head by a 14 year old boy in Chipata district.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalila confirmed the incident which occurred around 23 hours on Monday at Chindime village in Chief Chanje’s area.
Mrs. Chipalira says that Mufayo Banda was hit with a stick by Waxon Chirwa in the camp house locally known as “Dambwe” where they were camping as the Gule wamkulu group members.
Mrs. Chipalira says that Banda died on the spot and his body is currently lying in Chipata General Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.
She says that the suspect is on the run and police are investigating the case.
A couple of Dunda Compound in Lundazi district has been arrested for drug trafficking by DEC, the Drug Enforcement Commission.
DEC Public Relations Officer, Samuel Silomba has confirmed to Breeze FM Correspondent, Mtambwa Nkhoma the arrest of Tiwezi Zimba 33, and his wife, Jane Mkandawile 20.
Mr. Silomba says that Zimba who is from Wadilika Village in Chief Kapichila’s area together with his wife, Jane, a marketeer of Khungwe village in Chief Chikwa’s area in Chama district were found in possession of 70 balls of Cannabis weighing 609 grams.
He says that the DEC has also arrested Ephraim Nyirenda 44, a customer of the same compound after he was found in possession of two balls of cannabis weighing 17 grams.
Mr. Silomba says that the trio are remanded in police custody and will appear in court soon.
Chipata Municipal Council says that it is shocked with the extent of damage on recently tarred township roads.
Public Relations Officer, Taonga Kaonga says that the roads have become an inconvenience because they have developed a lot of potholes.
Mr. Kaonga told Breeze News that the local authority will seek audience with Sable Construction Company to find out why potholes could develop on roads, which were recently tarred.
She also expressed shock that shoulders of most roads have been eaten up.
Ms. Kaonga further indicated that the council expected the contractor to understand the type of terrain in Chipata so that the tarmac should have been strong enough.
She also indicated that the local authority will raise the issue of poor drainage system that has seen siltation on most roads due to running water from the hills.
And when contacted, Sable Construction Company Managing Director, Nazir Aloo says that he will send his engineers to carry out an assessment before issuing a public statement.
Christians in Eastern Province are joining the rest of the world in celebrating Christmas.
A check by Breeze News around town in Chipata yesterday, found people shopping in preparation for the big celebration meant to rejoice the birth of Jesus Christ.
Yesterday President Michael Sata appealed to Zambians to use the Christmas festival to promote reconciliation and love.
Mr. Sata expressed happiness that despite many political differences that have rocked the country, the nation has remained peaceful during this period.
And Police in Eastern Province has advised people not to be over excited as they celebrate Christmas.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalila has also cautioned road users, who include pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists against being careless.
Ms. Chipalila also told Breeze News that people should carefully look after their properties and remember that normal life continues after Christmas.
She says that police has intensified patrols throughout the festive period.
Movement for Multi-Party Democracy youths in Eastern Province have welcomed the decision by MMD President, Nevers Mumba to hold an urgent NEC, National Executive Committee meeting.
MMD Provincial Youth Chairperson, Chembe Daka says that there is need for the MMD NEC to resolve internal wrangles that have rocked the party.
Mr. Daka told Breeze News that the current in-fighting in MMD has worried party members at lower organs.
President Michael Sata says that Zambians must use the Christmas festival to promote reconciliation and love.
Mr. Sata expressed happiness that despite many political differences that have rocked the country, the country has remained peaceful during this period.
He also urged Zambians to use this period to show love, compassion and care to one another, especially to the needy.
This is contained in a statement made available to Breeze News by the president’s special assistant for press and public relations, George Chellah.
Mr. Sata says that Christmas is a period for celebrations and family get-together.
Nyimba district has started receiving maize seeds for the replanting exercise.
Nyimba district commissioner, George Phiri confirmed this to Breeze News.
Mr. Phiri explained that the district is expected to receive about 120 metric tonnes of maize seed for replanting.
He said that about 70 metric tonnes of the maize seed has been delivered to the district and that distribution started on Saturday.
The district commissioner explained that the distribution exercise will continue until all affected farmers receive their seeds.
Farmers in Nyimba district have had to replant their fields after army worms that attacked most farming camps in the district, destroyed crops.