TBZ keeps farmers waiting for payment

The Tobacco Board of Zambia TBZ has not yet been paid for the 1.1 kilogrammes of tobacco sold to a Malawian Company.

TBZ Chief Executive Officer, Samson Muyembe said this in an interview with Breeze News.

Responding to concerns from some farmers in Chipata over the delayed payment, Mr. Muyembe appealed for patience.

He says that TBZ managed to transport all the 1.1 kilogrammes of tobacco which has been bought by the Malawian based company Premium Tama.

The tobacco was stuck at the sheds for a long time after TBZ faced serious challenges to find market for the produce, which was bought from independent growers.

Meanwhile Mr. Muyembe says that this year’s tobacco marketing season will open in April.

He stated that the market in Eastern Province will open at the same time with other markets in the country.

Uncollected garbage irks marketeers in Chadiza

Some marketeers in Chadiza District have expressed worry over uncollected garbage at the old market.

Jenipher Banda and Fatiness Mvula told Breeze News that the Council has not collected the garbage from the dumping site for over a month now.

Mrs. Banda says that the smell that is coming out from the garbage site is very bad adding that the situation could lead to outbreak of diseases.

The duo appealed to the Council to be consistent in garbage collection to avoid the outbreak of waterborne diseases especially during the rainy season.

And when contacted for a comment, Acting Chadiza District Council Secretary Michael Ngulube says the truck which is used to collect garbage has broken down resulting into delays in collecting garbage at the market.

Mr Ngulube says that the Council will now be using a tractor to collect the refuse.

He called on the marketeers not to worry as all the garbage that has accumulated in the market would be removed.

DEC nab accountant for money laundering

The Drug Enforcement Commission DEC through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit has arrested a 29 year-old Accountant of Lusaka for money laundering activities involving over 200 thousand Kwacha.

Anthony Mutwalo Tembo, 29, an Accountant of Chalala, Lusaka has been arrested for theft by servant, unauthorized interference with data, fraudulent false accounting and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that Mr. Tembo an Account Clerk at a named Bank, on dates unknown but between 1st June, 2015 and 31st December, 2016 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown stole money amounting to 275, 000 Kwacha property of his employer without any claim of right.

It is further alleged that the named Bank’s accountant fraudulently interfered with data on the banking system of his employer without authority.

The suspect, therefore, engaged into money laundering activities and laundered the said stolen money by acquiring a four plate cooker, an upright two door fridge and a Samsung Television set.

This is contained in a statement by the DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo.

And in a separate but related incidence, the Commission has arrested and jointly charged three (03) Musa Biscuits employees for money laundering activities involving 250, 000 Kwacha.

Ms. Katongo says that Arthur Chibale, 30, a Warehouse Supervisor has been arrested and jointly charged with Angela Katukula, 39, an Assistant Accountant and Gershom Siame, 57, a Driver for fraudulent false accounting, theft by servant and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that Chibale, Katukula and Siame on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2016 and 13th February, 2017 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown falsified the entries of sales in the Musa Biscuits system by posting less of what was actually being sold in the field thereby depriving their employer permanently of 250, 000 Kwacha.

The Commission has seized a Toyota Prado and an Audi from Arthur Chibale as suspected proceeds of crime.

All suspects are currently on Police Bond and will appear in Court soon.


Late Bernard Siwakwi to be honoured

Chipata City Council says plans are underway to rename one of the streets after late former Town Clerk Bernard Siwakwi because of the role he played to the attainment of city status.

Chipata Mayor Sinoya Mwale disclosed that the late town
clerk was supposed to be honoured when the town was being declared a city by President Edgar Lungu.

Mr Mwale says the late town clerk dedicated most of his time to ensuring that Chipata attains a city status.

He says that a proposal to rename Kawalala road, which is in the industrial area, after the former town clerk would be considered.

The campaign to have Chipata become a city was started by Mr
Siwakwi when he served as Town Clerk.

On Friday last week, President Lungu conferred Chipata with city status in accordance with statutory instrument number 13 of 2017.

CSPR welcomes K3,000 salary for councilors

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR has welcomed government’s decision to award councillors a 3,000 Kwacha monthly salary entitlement.

Advocacy and Communication Programme Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma says that despite the amount not being sufficient, government needs to be commended for its efforts to motivate the civic leaders.

Mr. Nkhoma says that the move taken by government will go a long way in addressing issues of councillors being implicated in illegal allocation of plots in an effort to make ends meet.

He says that while CSPR is aware that government is tightening its expenditure, it would have been good for the government to award councillors with better conditions of service and a better amount of salary considering the magnitude of the work they do in their wards.

Mr. Nkhoma explains that just like members of parliament, councillors ought to enjoy good conditions of service which can help to curb corruption in the operations of local authorities.

He says that good conditions of service for councillors coupled with other incentives will not only encourage credible and competent Zambians to work as councillors but will bring a paradigm shaft in the manner the local government operates in Zambia.