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.