Township road works resume in Chipata

Sable Construction Company has resumed works on township roads in Chipata district.

Chipata Municipal Council Town Clerk Davies Musenge has confirmed to Breeze News.

Mr. Musenge says that government released some money to the contractor to resume the works adding that the contract has even been extended.

He says that the contract has been extended because government realised that delay in releasing the money had affected the period for which the works were supposed to be carried out.

And Sable Construction Company Director, Nazir Aloo says that company has started drainage and earth moving works on Kalindawalo road.

Mr. Aloo says that the works of putting bitumen will start at a later stage because of rains, which might affect the quality of works.

He added that the company is also working on the drainage system in Kapata Township, whose works were not completed earlier.

Cooperative leaders warned over e-voucher cards

The Ministry of Agriculture has warned cooperative leaders, who are holding on to e-voucher cards belonging to farmers that it is an offence.

Chipata District Agriculture Coordinator, Michael Ngulube says that e-voucher cards are personal documents, which are supposed to be kept by owners.

Mr. Ngulube says that cooperative leaders, who are holding on to the cards risk being arrested.

He was responding to complaints from some farmers that some cooperative leaders have withheld their cards for unknown reasons.

Mr. Ngulube has encouraged any farmer, whose card has been withheld to report the matter to police.

 

Eighty-four people die from road accidents in 2016.

Eighty-four people died from road traffic accidents in Eastern Province last year.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo says that this is from 414 accidents, which were recorded in the whole region in 2016.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, Ms. Katongo says that Eastern Province stands at number five on the list of highest accidents recorded by each province.

Topping the list is Lusaka, followed by Copperbelt, Central and Southern.

North Western, Western, Muchinga, Northern and Luapula provinces recorded lower number of accidents and deaths compared to Eastern Province.

Ms. Katongo has attributed most accidents to human error as they resulted from excessive speed, misjudging clearance distance, failing to keep to the near side and cutting in.

She has appealed to all road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations in order to reduce the number of traffic accidents on the roads.

Preparations for hospital works advance in Petauke

Preparations for construction works of Kalindawalo General Hospital in Petauke District are slowly taking shape.

Petauke District Commissioner, Velenasi Banda has told Breeze News this morning that the contractor hired to build the hospital has finished mobilizing.

Ms. Banda says that China Complete Engineering Corporation has also finished building his campsite and is currently working on fencing the site for the general hospital.

And Ms. Banda says that the three years project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

She says that once completed, the level two hospital will assist to attend to complicated medical cases, thereby reducing referral cases to other hospitals like Chipata Central, St. Francis and UTH, the University Teaching Hospital.

Meanwhile the district commissioner says that the project has already created 100 jobs for local people adding that more jobs will be on offer once the actual construction works start.

Police investigation into muders of albinos accelerate

Police in Chipata say they have taken the bones of a suspected albino, who was murdered in Lundazi district last year for DNA analysis in Lusaka.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, told Breeze News that the outcome of the DNA analysis will determine the identity and links of the deceased to the five suspects, who are in police custody.

Mr. Chilufya says police are still holding and investigating the five suspects in connection with the murder of the albino after they were nabbed in Lundazi, while trying to sell an arm bone believed to have been that of the murdered albino.

In early 2015, Charity Zimba, 37, of Kalumba Village in Chief Magodi in Lundazi was hacked to death after being dragged from her bed in the middle of the night.

The suspected ritual killers, who have been on the run since then, are also connected to the murder of a Lundazi-based albino, Ernest Mtonga, 40, of Jafuleya village in Chief Kapichila.

The suspects are identified as Kebson Phiri, 57 of Dunda II Township, Leonard Ngoma, 49 of Dunda II Township, Betty Manda 20, of Matako village in Chief Mwase, Yorum Zimba, 22 of William Township and Elizabeth Mvula, 22.

A street lighting project in Katete almost complete.

A street lighting project in Katete district has reached an advanced stage and almost complete.

Katete District Commissioner, Joseph Duma Makukula, says that he is impressed with the works being carried out by the contractor, Sashitali.

He says that the over two million street lighting project has not only added beauty to Katete district, but also improved security at night.

Mr. Makukula explained that street lights between Katete Mosque and St. Chinkhombe turn off along the Great East Road have already been switched on.

He said the project commenced in November last year and that the contractor has already fitted all the components, just waiting for ZESCO to connect power.

The district commissioner urged residents of Katete district to guard the infrastructure well.

Government taken to task over unfulfilled fertilizer promise

Farmers whose e-voucher cards have not been activated since December 2016, this morning staged a sit in protest at the provincial administration.

This is in a bid to push government to facilitate the activation of their cards so that they can start collecting subsidized farming inputs from agro dealers.

Speaking to Breeze News, some farmers said that they were forced to take the action because earlier in the week, Provincial Minister Makebi Zulu assured them that by Wednesday or Thursday this week, they will have their cards loaded with money to enable them get the inputs.

And when contacted for a comment, Assistant Secretary Royd Tembo said that he had communicated to the Provincial Minister informing him of the protest by the farmers.

Mr Tembo said that the provincial minister had also communicated to Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe to find out the cause of the delay from Ministry of Finance in releasing money for the farmers.

He said that he was waiting for a feedback from Lusaka so that he can inform farmers on the new development.

By News time, the farmers were still stuck at the provincial administration waiting for a feedback from Mr. Tembo.

Eight children tricked into eating dog meat

The Chipata Magistrate Court this morning heard how eight children ate dog meat.

This is in a case where Ruth Mwanza a meat seller and her husband Charles Mwanza, a general worker both of Munga Compound are charged with common nuisance contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

A prosecution witness told the Chipata Magistrates’ Court that eight children at her home ate the suspected dog meat which was given to them by the accused.

It is alleged that the two on January 6, 2017 jointly and whilst
acting together offered for sell dog meat purporting it to be goat meat.

Testifying in the same matter, Fridah Jere 22, of Munga Compound said on the material day, the accused went to her place with meat which they were selling claiming that it was goat meat.

She explained that eight children started crying for the pieces of meat, which were partially cooked and being sold at K1, K2, K3 and K4.

Jere testified that but within a short period of time, the people who were drinking beer at their place informed them that the meat which was being sold by the couple was not straight meat, but dog meat.

And in cross examination, Charles asked the witness whether she saw him killing a dog and whether she had tested dog meat for her to believe that they were selling dog meat, but Jere said she did not see him killing a dog and that she had never tested dog meat.

And Chipata resident Magistrate Boniface Mwala has directed the state to bring all the remaining witnesses in the next sitting so that the case is expedited.

Among the remaining witnesses are an arresting officer and a doctor from veterinary department.

Poor state of Chipata-Chadiza road irk motorists

Some motorists in Chadiza have complained over the poor state of Chipata-Chadiza road and other roads in the district.

Speaking to Breeze News, John Phiri and Nasson Tembo stated that traveling on the Chipata-Chadiza road, which used to take about an hour, now takes three hours.

The due also stated that Chadiza-Chiswa road via Zemba, which people were using as an alternative route, is now the worst road.

Mr. Tembo says that motorists are now forced to use a longer route by going through Chanida border to Katete district and then Chipata.

The motorists have appealed to government to intervene before serious accidents happen as some motorists, who do not want to use longer routes are still using the Chipata-Chadiza road.

The construction of the Chipata-Chadiza road stalled in 2014 due to lack of funding from government.

Early this week, Provincial Minister, Makebi Zulu indicated that all stalled road works will resume after the rains are over because they have been included in the 2017 national budget.

 

DEC launch investigations into Facebook scam

The Drug Enforcement Commission, DEC has instituted investigations into reports country wide of people being duped by some unscrupulous people using fake Facebook accounts.

In a statement to Breeze News, DEC Public Relations Officer, Theresa Katongo says that some unscrupulous people are creating fake Facebook accounts in names of prominent people in government.

She explained that unsuspecting people are then promised jobs in some ministries and missions abroad, if they deposit a certain amount of money in given accounts.

Ms. Katongo says while the commission investigates the matter, members of the public are cautioned to be wary of such fraud schemes.

He notes that people risk being duped of their hard earned money if they fall for such tricks.