President Michael Sata has appointed Professor Clive Chirwa as Zambia Railways Limited Chief Executive Officer.
Professor Chirwa replaces Knox Karima, who has been retired in national interest.
According to a press statement released by President Sata’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah availed to Breeze News, the appointment is with immediate effect for a period of five years.
The Head of State states that the rail line has deteriorated beyond description during the concession to Railway Systems of Zambia, which the Government recently terminated.
He says that millions of tonnes of both Zambia’s imports and exports which should have been transported by rail were diverted to road transport in the process exerting a very severe toll on the country’s roads.
President Sata further stated that it would take a lot of effort to sort out the country’s rail line including the inter-mine rail, which is so critical to the efficiency of the mining sector.
Meanwhile, President Sata has given former Zambia Railways Limited Chief Executive Officer Mr. Knox Karima a one month notice in which to facilitate a smooth hand-over to the incoming Chief Executive Officer.
A former UPND, United Party for National Development member, Prof. Chirwa is a distinguished Professor of Automotive & Aerospace Structures and Chair of Automotive & Aerospace Engineering.
Twelve grade nine pupils from Mphangwe RCZ Basic School in Katete district have been expelled from school and barred from writing the final examinations.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira confirmed the expulsion of the 10 girls and two boys.
Mrs. Chipalira says the pupils were found with leaked grade nine examination papers.
And the provincial police chief disclosed that three pupils at Mphangwe RCZ Basic School have been arrested in connection with the theft of grade nine examination papers, which were stolen from the head teacher’s office last week.
She says that the pupils who are supposed to appear in court on Friday are suspected to have been the ones who supplied the other pupils with the leaked exam papers.
Mrs. Chipalira says that the stolen papers, which contained all the subjects, which grade nine pupils are writing, have been recovered.
Meanwhile two computers have been stolen at Chipata General Hospital ART clinic after some unknown people broke into the room.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira says the computers contain important information for patients receiving treatment at the hospital.
She says that the theft occurred on Tuesday last week around 22 hours but information reached her office on Wednesday.
Chipata College of Education has continued reducing the number of students being enrolled.
This is due to continued serious challenge of accommodation and classroom space at the training institution.
A check by Breeze News revealed that a total of 177 students have been selected for the 2013-2015 intake, out of more than 1,500 applicants who attended the interviews in August, this year.
In 2010 the institution selected over 300 students while the number reduced in 2011 to 245.
Acting College Principal, Malizani Tembo, says a total of 88 female and 89 males have been selected to start the teaching training in January, 2013.
Mr. Tembo says the lack of accommodation and classroom spaces has resulted into qualified youths not being given the chance to train as teachers.
Mr. Tembo explained that there is urgent need to improve on infrastructure development, if the institution is to be addressed.
The college has 11 classrooms against 21 classes of students, and this is forcing the college to use science laboratories and other buildings as classrooms.
And a room which is supposed to accommodate four students is now being occupied by six students.
African football champions, Zambia have added another accolade to their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations trophy, after beating South Africa 1-0 to lift the Nelson Mandela Challenge shield.
In form Collins Mbesuma came in as substitute for the towering Jacob Mulenga at half time and immediately made impact as he constantly menaced the Bafana Bafana defence.
Mbesuma’s continued runs paid off as his left short went beyond the South African goal minder, Itumeleng Khune, to give the Chipolopolo Boys the only goal of the game on 64th minute.
South Africa came close to finding an equaliser in the 74th minute, but goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene was equal to the task as he pared the dipping short over the bar.
The Nelson Mandela Challenge trophy is the second that skipper Christopher Katongo, has lifted for Zambia within a year.
The win against South Africa has given many soccer fans hope, that Zambia is back to form, following some unimpressive performances against Uganda during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Meanwhile the Chipolopolo boys’ celebrations after winning the Nelson Mandela Challenge shield were short lived after some South Africa Soccer fans stoned the bus carrying the Zambia National Soccer team.
Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene needed stitches to a cut on his head after being hit by a stone as he boarded the team bus.
Two boys, aged 12 and 13, have been detained for allegedly throwing the stones.
Chadiza district is reported to be one of the leading districts with high malaria cases in Eastern Province.
This came to light during the commemorations to mark the end of SADC, Southern African Development Community malaria week being held in Chadiza.
The other districts with high malaria cases are Katete, Mambwe and Nyimba.
Chadiza District Commissioner, Paul Phiri says that out of a population of over 1,033 people, close to 1030 had malaria in the district last year with at least 37 deaths.
Mr. Phiri says that the figures indicate that almost everyone in Chadiza was diagnosed with malaria.
Mr. Phiri added that in September this year, 695,076 malaria cases have been reported out of over 1, 038, 780 people and 19 deaths were recorded.
And Assistant Secretary, Zacharia Luhanga says that Zambia has continued to make progress in the fight against malaria.
Mr. Luhanga says that government has engaged traditional leaders in the fight against malaria.
The Patriotic Front PF Party has rubbished reports that former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani has been given a job by President, Michael Sata.
Chipata Central Constituency Secretary, William Phiri also says that it is not true that Mr. Mangani has intentions to abandon PF and join a new political party to be formed by former Works and Supply Minister, Mike Mulongoti.
Mr. Phiri told Breeze News that the party has further received false reports that people are saying that Mr. Mangani would like to contest the Chipata Central parliamentary seat as an independent candidate if it is declared vacant by the Supreme Court.
He says that all these stories are lies being perpetuated by some PF members who are being paid to fuel confusion in the ruling party.
And Mr. Phiri has advised PF members to avoid talking about the court case involving the Chipata Central seat saying the court have not yet decided on the matter.
President Michael Sata has appointed newly-elected Mufumbwe PF Member of Parliament, Stephen Masumba as provincial minister for North-Western Province.
Mr. Masumba replaces Ms Josephine Limataa, who has been transferred to Southern Province in the same capacity.
And President Sata has transferred John Kufuna from Southern Province to the Ministry of Local Government as deputy minister.
This is contained in press statement made available to Breeze News by the President’s special assistant for press and public relations, George Chellah.
The President said he was confident that the three deputy ministers will satisfactorily discharge the functions of their respective offices both to his satisfaction and that of the Zambian people.
Meanwhile, President Sata has appointed Trevor Kaunda as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
The reshuffles are with immediate effect.
Five people in Petauke are reported to have died while two others are battling for their lives in the district hospital after eating wild roots tubas, locally known as Msepo.
Nyakawise Ward Councilor, James Lungu says that the victims are from Chief Nyamphande’s area.
Breeze FM Correspondent, Mercy Maseko reports that, Mr. Lungu says that villagers in the area are in the habit of eating such roots during this time of the season.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Grace Chipalira could not be reached for comment by news time.
Prominent politician Michael Chuzu has condemned President, Michael Sata’s decision to transfer Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba to Eastern Province.
Mr. Chuzu who is UPND, United Party for National Development Deputy Chairperson for Youth and Sports Development has accused Mr. Mwamba of being a traitor who does not deserve to work in Eastern Province.
He has warned that if President Sata does not rescind his decision over the transfer of Mr. Mwamba, he will make Mr. Mwamba’s work in Eastern Province difficult.
But when contacted for comment, Mr. Mwamba dismissed Mr. Chuzu’s allegations that he is a traitor stating that he should justify his statement.
Mr. Mwamba told Breeze News that he welcomes Mr. Chuzu’s statement that will make his work difficult and that he will treat it as a challenge.
He also stated that when he was transferred to Northern Province he faced similar opposition but that now people were disappointed that he has been transferred.
President Sata has swapped Mr. Mwamba with Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Hlobotha Nkhunka.
Three grade twelve pupils in Eastern Province have been expelled from writing their examinations because of alleged malpractice.
And a man has been arrested for attempting to write a grade twelve examination paper under impersonation for an external candidate.
Provincial Education Officer, Thomas Mwanza told Breeze News that two pupils at Mambwe High School were expelled after being found with pieces of paper while another pupil was also found in a similar situation at a named school.
Mr. Mwanza says that according to examination guidelines, pupils writing final examinations are not supposed to carry any piece of paper into the examination room despite its contents.
And Mr. Mwanza disclosed that a man was arrested for attempting to write an examination for someone else.
He explained that the identified man connived with his colleague who was supposed to write the exam to obtain an NRC, National Registration Card bearing his friends particulars but with his portrait.
Mr. Mwanza refused to reveal the examination centres where these malpractices occurred stating that this will only be done after examinations are over.