Government committed to international relations

President Edgar Lungu says Zambia attaches great importance to its bilateral relations with all countries that have their mission in the country.

He says the relations with friendly countries are based on mutual respect, trust and cooperation.

President Lungu said this at State House this morning when he received letters of credence from new ambassadors and high commissioners to Zambia from various countries.

He expressed confidence that the new ambassadors and high commissioners will further enhance the existing warm relations between Zambia and their countries.

President Lungu says Zambia has a common mission with other countries of fostering economic development to improve the living standards of people.

He also says Zambia is ready to learn and share agricultural practices, while improving bilateral trade.

Among those, who presented their letters of credence are Bossom Assmoi Desire, ambassador of Ivory Coast, André Nzapayeke,  ambassador of the Central African Republic,  Jean Pierre Jmumun, high commissioner of the Mauritius and, Margaret Ekua Prah, high commissioner of Ghana.

Others are Michael Gerard Burrell, High commissioner of New Zealand, Kim Chang Ryop, ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Dr. Waleed Hasan, ambassador of Palestine.

Chadiza residents approve proposed water tariff increase

Residents of Chadiza district have approved the proposed water tariff adjustment of 54 per cent by Eastern Water and Sewerage Company for the year 2018.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director, Lytone Kanowa said the increase in tariffs will help the company to meet the cost of doing business that has been brought about due to the high cost of production.

Mr. Kanowa said the major reason for the tariff adjustment is the high cost of ZESCO power, which translates into high cost of production.

He said Eastern Water and Sewerage Company is also determined to improve the failing billing system and sustain the water quality standards in the region.

The Managing Director was speaking in Chadiza District during a stakeholder’s consultative meeting.

Meanwhile, Chadiza District Commissioner George Phiri has called on Eastern Water and Sewerage Company to properly manage the water source at Nsadzu Dam and bar all forms of gardening that is taking place along the Nsadzu stream.

Mr. Phiri also challenged the water utility company to come up with plans concerning the source of water in the district adding that Nsadzu dam, which was the main water source was becoming shallow due to silt.

Chipata council directed to stop illegal land developers

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, has instructed the local authority in Chipata, to write notices to illegal developers in Referendum area, to start demolishing their structures.

Mr. Kasolo says this is to ensure the process involved before demolishing an illegal structure, is followed.

Speaking to journalists at his office yesterday, the Permanent Secretary says if the council does not give notices to the affected people, he will take further steps on the matter.

He says he has already discussed with Local Government Minister, Vincent Mwale, who has given him a go ahead in demolishing the structures.

Mr. Kasolo says being the chairperson of the provincial planning authority, he expects the council to act within seven days.

He says selling land illegally to people in the name of helping the poor, is criminal trespass, according to the laws of Zambia.

Mr. Kasolo says if the affected people are hesitant to demolish their structures, a bulldozer will be sent to destroy the structures adding that the developers will be made to pay the cost of carrying out the exercise.

Council workers warned against poor working culture

Chipata City Mayor, Sinoya Mwale, has expressed disappointment over the poor working culture by council workers.

The mayor has cautioned that he will not tolerate laziness among council workers.

Mr. Mwale says development cannot be delivered to people, if the working culture among workers is poor

Mr. Mwale has directed town clerk, Davies Musenge, to make sure there is an improvement on this matter.

He was speaking during the full council meeting this morning.

 

ZESCO connecting over 400 new clients every month

The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation ZESCO says that it has been connecting an average of 457 new customers every month in the last six months.

ZESCO Division Manager for South, Wilbroad Chanda says that this is a demand that requires the power company to invest more in power generation.

Speaking in Chipata over the weekend, Mr. Chanda also revealed that ZESCO had run out of conductors, which has affected the exercise of connecting new clients.

He however, says that the company has ordered new conductors, which are expected to be in the country in the next two weeks.

A number of people in Chipata have complained over the delay by the power company to connect electricity despite having paid connection fees.

Illegal street vendors in Chipata to move to COMESA market

Illegal street vendors in Chipata are expected to be relocated to COMESA market before the rainy season starts.

Chipata City Council Town Clerk Davies Musenge says the local authority has already secured a place at the market to relocate all vendors trading in the streets.

He says sensitization meetings with the affected vendors on the matter, have already been conducted.

Mr. Musenge says the council cannot move people from the streets before finding a place where they can trade from.

He says engineers have already been engaged and that inmates from Chipata correctional facility will soon start the works.

The works include construction of drainages.

Gawa Undi wants technical university in Eastern Province

Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi has called on government to construct a technical university in Eastern Province.

He says this will help young people in the province to access university education.

Breeze FM Staffer, Gift Phiri reports that Kalonga Gawa Undi said this through Chewa Heritage Foundation Zambia Chapter chairperson, James Chirwa at this year’s Kulamba Traditional Ceremony at Mkaika in Katete district.

And vice president, Inonge Wina says Kulamba Ceremony is a greatest demonstration of cultural freedom in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

She says this year’s Kulamba Traditional Ceremony theme” Educating a Girl Child, Ending Early Marriages” is in line with government’s resolve to promote access to education to girl children.

Ms Wina noted that traditional ceremonies play an important role in enhancing peace, unity and harmony in the country.

She says this is why government attaches great importance to the preservation of the country’s diverse heritage.

The vice president says traditional leaders play an important role in ensuring effective governance of chiefdoms in their respective areas and should be proactive in engaging government in matters of national interest.

The vice president says government has taken note of Paramount Chief, Kalonga Gawa Undi’s concerns on issues relating to agriculture, specifically on this year’s maize floor price.

She further says government will continue implementing developmental projects such as building roads, dams, schools, hospitals and other economic and social sector infrastructure.

Foreign mine companies accused of reaping off Zambians

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo has accused foreign mine companies of reaping off Zambians.

Mr. Kasolo says that mines in Zambia should be run by Zambians so that the country reaps maximum benefits.

Speaking during a ZESCO Cocktail in Chipata last evening, Mr. Kasolo says that he could not understand why some mine companies are reluctant to pay new electricity tariffs.

He says that copper prices were currently at their highest on the international market.

And Mr. Kasolo urged ZESCO to ensure that it explains properly why it has increased electricity tariffs because the adjustment has been received with mixed feelings.

He stated that the provincial administration is ready to work with ZESCO in ensuring that the power company delivers its services to its customers.

And speaking during the same occasion, ZESCO Director for Distribution Dennis Banda indicated that the power company is improving power supply to attract investment.

Mr. Banda also explained on the lifeline tariff, which is meant to assist low income households.

He implored ZESCO customers to maintain the switch and save policy to conserve power.

More township roads to be tarred

The local authority in Chipata says the council has been requested to submit a list of township roads that will be upgraded to bituminous standard.

Chipata City Council Town Clerk Davies Musenge says, the list will be submitted to the Ministry of Local Government for possible funding, under the 2018 National budget.

He says a distance of about 120 kilometers of township roads has so far been identified, adding that consultations are currently being conducted.

He says most of the township roads including those which are already tarred, have to be upgraded, because defects have developed.

Mr. Musenge says the local authority will however, continue conducting maintain works on some of the roads.

A 29 year old mother burns daughter with paraffin

Police in Lusaka have arrested a 29 year old woman of Old Kanyama Compound for allegedly setting on fire her 12 year old biological daughter using paraffin.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed the incident to Breeze News and identified the woman as Prudence Phiri.

Ms. Katongo says that the suspect was apprehended by concerned members of the public, who later surrendered her to police.

She says that the incident happened yesterday at about 17 hours in Old Kanyama Compound.

Ms. Katongo says that the victim sustained multiple burns on the body and was rushed to Kanyama Hospital for medical attention while the suspect is detained in police custody.

She says that police are still waiting for a medical report before they can charge Prudence.