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.