Construction works for the 14 billion Kwacha district hospital in Lundazi district are progressing well.
District Medical Director, Allan Chisenga says that the construction works have already seen the Theatre, Maternity Wing, X-Ray and Kitchen being completed under phase one.
Breeze FM Correspondent, Mtambwa Nkhoma reports from Lundazi that Dr. Chisenga says that 4.6 billion Kwacha has so far been used under phase one of the three phase project.
He says that the district is now waiting for funds to start works for phase two, that will involve construction of administrative block, male and female wards.
And the district medical director says that the purpose for putting up another hospital in Lundazi, is to meet the demand because the current hospital was built for a small population.
The new hospital is located about 4 kilometres away from the boma on the Lundazi-Chipata road in Chief Mphamba’s area.
Pupils from Magwero School for the Blind in Chipata have complained over lack of study materials in Braille and large print.
The pupils say that they are behind in terms of information because the school does not have enough study materials in Braille and large print.
The pupils also said that government should reduce the passing rate at grade twelve level from five O-levels to at least three O-levels since they do not have access to study materials.
Meanwhile, head teacher at the School for the deaf, Sara Dipa bemoaned lack of accommodation, dormitories and classrooms at the school.
Mrs. Dipa says that being the only residential school in the province, it accommodates a lot of pupils including those from other provinces.
When contacted for a comment, Provincial Education Officer Thomas Mwanza says that he will comment on the matter latter.
Police in Petauke district has urged political parties to abide to the electoral code of conduct as the date for the Musumbazi local government election draws nearer.
And police say that they have not recorded any violence in the run-up to the Musumbazi local government election slated for November 8.
Petauke Police Officer-in-Charge, Emmanuel Bwalya says that this is an indication that the campaign for the by-election is going on smoothly.
Mr. Bwalya told Breeze FM Correspondent in Petauke, Mercy Bernard Maseko that those involved in the campaigns especially youths should avoid violence.
For political parties, MMD, Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, UPND United Party for National Development, UNIP, United National Independence Party and PF, Patriotic Front Party are taking party in the by-election.
The Musumbazi seat fell vacant after MMD councillor, Harrison Mumba ditched his party to join the ruling PF.
Government has urged members of the Provincial Development Coordinating Committee, PDCC in Eastern Province to practically translate policy measures put in next year’s national budget.
The 2013 budget has highlighted fundamental policy measures in various sectors of Zambia’s economy which are aimed at addressing the many challenges facing the people of Zambia.
Permanent Secretary Hlobotha Nkunika says that implementing these policies will go a long way in changing the lives of the people.
Mr. Nkunika stated that changing people’s lives will only come about when technocrats practically translate these policy measures into tangible actions that would ultimately benefit the people.
He also advised the committee members to avoid the business as usual tendency of approaching developmental matters.
The permanent secretary pointed out that critical thinking and innovation is required to transform Zambia into a developed country.
Mr. Nkunika was speaking during the official opening of the third quarter PDCC meeting being held in Chipata.
Eastern Province has registered the second highest purchase of maize by FRA, the Food Reserve Agency in the country.
Acting FRA Executive Director Chola Kafwabulula says Southern Province accounted for the highest quantities, followed by Eastern and Central Provinces.
And Mr. Chola says that FRA has closed the purchasing exercise for maize as planned.
He however, says that the exercise for Paddy Rice will continue until 30th November, 2012.
The Agency had purchased about one million and seventeen thousand metric tonnes of maize valued at over 1.3 trillion Kwacha by 26th October, 2012.
Over 1.1 trillion Kwacha has been disbursed leaving a balance of 199 billion which will be disbursed by Friday.
Meanwhile FRA has transferred over 177 million Kwacha from the agency’s account to the farmer’s accounts in different Banks in Chipata.
Eight former council workers who were operating at Kapata bus station in Chipata are demanding to be given jobs if the local authority fails to pay them their money.
The former workers, who visited the office of the town clerk yesterday, told Breeze News that their contracts were terminated in 2008 but up to date, they have not been paid their money.
They said that the local authority allowed them to continue working without renewing their contracts for a period of more than six months.
The former workers said that the local authority owes each them about 9 million Kwacha.
And when contacted for a comment, Chipata Municipal Council Acting Town Clerk Caroline Mphande said that she is not in a position to give any statement because she has handed over the office to the new town clerk who is expected to report for work soon.
The Patriotic Front PF district leadership in Chipata has distanced itself from the misunderstanding that has ensued in Chipata Central Constituency among some party members.
Two PF parallel constituency executives are arguing over the Constituency Cultural Dances Festival, which took place over the weekend at Chipata College of Education.
PF District Chairperson, Peter Msimuko says that he was not involved in the preparation of the event spearheaded by PF Chipata Central Constituency Secretary, William Phiri and former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani.
Mr. Msimuko was responding to demands by the John Mkhazika led constituency executive that he should explain who organised the festival and why Mr. Mangani was allowed to officiate at the event when he is just an ordinary member of PF.
Mr. Mkhazika also demanded to know how many district and provincial officials attended the festival and why his executive was not consulted before the event took place.
But Mr. Msimuko told Breeze News that he was not the right person to explain because he equally attended the event as an invited guest.
On Wednesday, PF Chipata Central Constituency Secretary, William Phiri dismissed Mr. Mkhazika’s demands stating that he does not owe him any explanation because he is heading an illegal executive.
Chipata Young Stars has survived relegation from FAZ Division one south league after beating Lusaka City Council by 1 goal to nil, in the mid-week make or break fixture played at David Kaunda Stadium.
This means Chipata Young Stars will remain in FAZ, Football Association of Zambia division one south league, regardless of the results when it plays Luena Barracks of Kaoma in the next game.
Chipata Young Stars now sits on 39 points, while their closest rivals, Chilenje Youth Academy have 35 points.
And Chipata Young Stars vice chairperson, James Chiti expressed happiness that the team has broken the record by being the first club from Eastern Province to survive relegation.
Chiti said that the club recorded this great achievement, despite facing financial challenges.
He explained that from the very start, the team survived on individual’s pockets as it did not have an official sponsor.
And Chiti therefore, explained that rumours that the club has gone bankrupt are misleading, as the team has never really had a lot of money.
He called on people and the community in the province to come on board and sponsor the team, as it fights to qualify to premier league next season.
Misunderstandings among PF, Patriotic Front Party members in Chipata Central Constituency have resurfaced.
The party members from two parallel executives are arguing over the Constituency Cultural Dances Festival, which took place over the weekend at Chipata College of Education.
The constituency executive led by John Mkhazika says that the festival is illegal because his committee was not consulted before the event took place.
Mr. Mkhazika who was flanked by his vice chairperson, Francis Sakala also questioned why the event was officiated by former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani, because he does not hold any party position.
But Chipata Central Constituency Secretary, William Phiri says that Mr. Mkhazika has no right to comment on the festival because he is running an illegal executive.
Mr. Phiri says that his executive, which is led by Fackson Nkunika, approved the decision to have Mr. Mangani officiate the event because the former MP was instrumental in organising the festival.
He also told Breeze News that Mr. Mkhazika risks being disciplined by the party for continuing to mislead party members through his illegal executive.
Misunderstandings among farmers and officials from FRA, the Food Reserve Agency in Chipata today continued.
The angry farmers who bounced after visiting banks to check on the money marched to FRA offices and dragged the Regional Marketing Coordinator, Godfrey Munyoro from his office to Investrust Bank.
Mr. Munyoro had a tough time to control the situation as farmers refused to allow him use his vehicle demanding that he walks with them.
The farmers demanded for proper explanation as to why money is not yet in the banks when their serial numbers were announced on radio that they should visit their respective banks to get paid.
By News time, the angry farmers were still at Investrust Bank waiting for their money while officials from the Bank and FRA were in a closed door meeting.