Poacher nabbed for killing wildlife warden

Police has arrested one of the poachers involved in the killing of a wildlife warden in Nyimba district three weeks ago.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo also says that police have recovered a homemade gun from the poacher.

Speaking in a telephone interview from Nyimba this afternoon, Mr. Kasolo says that the suspect is now being interrogated to establish the whereabouts of his six colleagues.

Mr. Kasolo says that government will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that all the poachers involved in the killing of Rodrick Ngulube are arrested.

He says that government through the Ministry of Home Affairs has stationed police, paramilitary and wildlife officers in the Luangwa Game Management Area including the location where the shooting incident happened.

Efforts to get a comment from Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya failed by News time.

Farmers told to use locally obtained organic manure

Small scale farmers have been advised to use locally obtained organic manure in fertility retention to the soil in their farm lands.

Speaking during an Innovative Platform meeting held in Chipata yesterday, Principal Agricultural Research Officer Josephine Matibini says locally produced manure is cheap as compared to chemical manure.

Ms. Matibini says that according to the research, organic fertilizer is easy to obtain locally adding that chemical fertilizer requires a lot of money for a small scale farmer.

She says researchers at Msekera Research Station have embarked on soil sampling from various farm lands to determine what kind of organic manure and chemical fertilizer a farmer can use.

Ms. Matibini says a lot of small scale farmers have failed to meet the charges, which the researchers ask them to pay to have soil tested in their farmlands.

She added that the other way of returning soil fertility is by adopting intercropping farming where two different crops are grown in one farm land.

Ms. Matibini says crops such as cow peas and pigeon peas can be grown together with maize in one plot adding that according to the research, this kind of farming has proved to be the cheapest way of fertility retention to the soil.

Sixteen year old girl returns after being trafficked to Malawi

The Immigration Department in Chipata has received a sixteen year old Zambian female of Kitwe.

Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka says that this was after she was repatriated from Malawi when she presented herself to the Malawian authorities.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, Mr. Nshinka says that it is believed that the girl was trafficked to work as a housemaid in Malawi in 2015.

She has been handed over to the Department of Social Welfare.

Meanwhile the Immigration Department arrested a total of fifty eight persons for various immigration offences, including forty foreigners.

Mr. Nshinka says that the arrests were made during a clean-up operation which covered selected parts of Lusaka including Mumbwa road, Makeni and Chaisa areas.

Mr. Nshinka says that the operations were conducted between 24 and 26 February, 2017.

UPND confusion in Chipata deepens

United Party for National Development, UPND national chairperson for youth and sports development, Michael Chuzu, says the move by the party provincial leadership in Eastern Province to suspend the party’s youth wing of Chipata district is not in order.

Mr. Chuzu told Breeze News by phone from Lusaka, that a lot of unhappy UPND members in other districts have been calling him to express displeasure over the move.

He explained that such a move should have been taken by the Chipata district committee and not the provincial committee.

Mr. Chunzu emphasized that suspending the youth wing will not help the party grow, adding that the leadership, should have instead, talked to the youths in order to consolidate the harmony in the party.

He said that the provincial committee acted too fast and jumped the district committee, adding that as national youth chairperson, he has no powers to jump district and provincial committees on certain matters.

Mr. Chuzu says the move by the provincial committee is therefore null and void, as it has raised a lot of concern to other district committees in the province.

And when contacted for a comment, UPND provincial chairperson, Paul Thole, at first said he would comment on the matter later, before quickly changing that he has no comment.

Ambulance road accident claims two lives

Two people have died in a fatal road accident involving an ambulance on the Chipata-Lundazi road.

Eastern Province Medical Director, Abel Kabalo has confirmed the incident which happened in Lumezi area around 11:30 hours yesterday.

He says that the ambulance was ferrying patients from Lundazi Hospital to Chipata Central Hospital for further medical investigations and management.

Dr. Kabalo says that the ambulance had a total of eleven passengers including the driver, a nurse and relatives to the patients, when it had a tyre burst, resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle, which over turned.

He says that one of the relatives died on the spot while one of the patients died upon arrival at Lumezi Hospital.

Dr. Kabalo says that the driver, other patients and relatives sustained minor injuries from bruises and scratches while the nurse escaped unhurt.