A fifteen year old boy of M’chini Compound in Chipata has been recommended to Katombola Reformatory School in Southern Province for defiling a 13 year old girl of the same area last year.
The juvenile appeared before High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo in Chipata this morning after the magistrate court last year referred its recommendation of the case to the high court for confirmation.
The juvenile was arrested by police on October 11th 2016 for defiling a fellow juvenile girl of thirteen years.
Judge Chitabo said he had read through the report from the Social Welfare Department and recommendations of the magistrate court that found the juvenile guilty of one count of defilement contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Judge Chitabo said he is satisfied with the report and recommendations from the magistrate court and confirmed that the juvenile be committed to Katombola reformatory school for behaviour change.
He said the juvenile is at liberty to appeal if he is not satisfied with the high court’s recommendation.
Government has started mobilizing resources to improve infrastructure at Mwangala Primary School in Chadiza district.
This follows a visit to the school by provincial minister, Makebi Zulu early this month, where he found that pupils were learning in deplorable conditions.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says that some business houses have accepted to contribute bags of cement and roofing sheets towards construction of classroom blocks.
Mr. Kasolo says that he has been visiting a number of businesses to lobby for support in addressing the challenges at Mwangala Primary School.
He says that this is being done in line with the minister’s resolution to ensure that the provincial administration finds local solutions for some challenges affecting Eastern Province.
And Mr. Kasolo revealed that some civil servants have agreed to contribute 300 Kwacha each towards the works at Mwangala Primary School.
A visit to the school which started operating in 2006, found pupils learning in mad grass thatched classrooms.
Some people of Nthope Ward in Chipangali Constituency have complained that their elected leaders have not visited the area from the time they were elected into office.
Sadima Banda of Chief Chinunda’s area says that Member of Parliament, Vincent Mwale and Ward Councillor, Tedson Maseko have not bothered to familiarise themselves with challenges which people are facing.
Mr. Banda says that the two political figures have not even bothered to hold a meeting in Nthope ward ever since they were elected.
Mr Banda says Nthope ward has a lot of issues that need attention like dilapidated roads, poor infrastructure and lack of clean water.
He pointed out that Mnukwa-Mnduwi road, Undi- Chinunda Palace road and Chiziye- Chanyumbu road are in a dilapidated state while bridges have been washed away.
Mr Banda says people in Nthope ward are worried whether they voted for right people that will bring development to the area or not.
And when contacted for comment, Chipangali Member of Parliament Vincent Mwale has dismissed the complaints suggesting that he has never visited the area.
Mr. Mwale explained that last month, he visited the area to check on the impact of army worms and also attended a meeting in the same area, which was discussing health matters.
He says that people raising the concerns should be specific as to where they are coming from because it is not possible for him to visit every part of the ward.