K15 million water border works reach 25 percent

Works on the 15 million Kwacha water project by Africa Brothers Company in Mwami, Mchinji and Chanida borders have reached 25 percent after one month of its commencement.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director Lyton Kanowa told Breeze News that Africa Brothers have done site identification where boreholes and ablution blocks will be constructed.

Mr. Kanowa says Eastern Water and Sewerage Company is happy with the quality of work done so far by Africa Brothers.

He says the progression on the works for the first one month is encouraging adding that Africa Brothers Company are moving at acceptable rate and hope the project will be completed on schedule.

Meanwhile Mr. Kanowa told Breeze News that fencing of Katete dam will not be done as earlier indicated.

Mr. Kanowa says that what the utility company will do, is to plant trees around the dam and erect bill boards to stop people from entering the dam parameters.

He says Eastern Water and Sewerage Company will also engage guards who will be guarding the dam 24 hours on daily basis.

Mr. Kanowa says the 13 meter deep dam and the presence of the three crocodiles is a danger to humans and it is for this reason that the people will be prevented from playing near the dam.

He says people will only visit the dam with permission from the company adding that if anyone will be found loitering near the dam, he or she will be prosecuted for trespassing.

RDA explains gravel pothole mending on Chipata-Lundazi road

The Road Development Agency RDA has clarified that it is not using ordinary gravel to mend potholes on the 90 kilometers of the Chipata-Lundazi road.

RDA Regional Engineer, Thomas Zimba says that the agency is using gravel mixed with cement to mend the potholes, which is a normal exercise in road construction.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Zimba says these works, which he described as holding maintenance measure, will be followed up with putting up of bitumen.

He says that his office was currently behind schedule in getting permission to procure bitumen from Ndola.

Mr. Zimba says that this is partly because his office has a ceiling of how much money it can handle when attending to road works within Eastern Province.

And Mr. Zimba says that it is normal that the 90 kilometers stretch from Airport turnoff on the Chipata-Lundazi road can develop potholes because it was last worked on more than 10 years ago, by Rubex Contractors.

 

Government praises Catholic Church

Government has praised the Catholic Church for embarking on activities aimed at assisting women in Eastern Province.

Eastern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Patrick Mwanawasa says the Catholic Church have always embarked on organizing women with various developmental activities through sisters of Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI).

Mr Mwanawasa says this demonstrates how much the church cares about the Humanity of the country.

He was speaking in Chipata this morning during the commemoration of DMI International Women’s Day Celebration under the theme be bold for change.

Mr. Mwanawasa says government has always indicated its need to work in partnership with the church through activities such as the ones being carried out by DMI women in Eastern Province.

He says the impact that the Catholic Church through DMI women are creating on the ground gives great encouragement and Hope to the people in the province in particular women.

The DPS urged women to inculcate a culture of serving money through their various clubs that are being assisted by DMI sisters so that they develop their businesses.

The DMI International Women’s Day was being celebrated under the Theme” Be Bold for Change”

A 3 year old boy dies after a wall falls on him

A three year old boy has died after a wall fell on him when a house collapsed in Dunda 2 Compound in Lundazi district.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the incident, which happened yesterday at about 16 hours.

Mr. Chilufya says that according the boy’s father Bernard Nkhoma, who reported the incident to police, his son Charles met his fate as he was passing close to the same house.

He died instantly.

Mr. Chilufya says that an inspection on the body, found that Charles’ head had been crashed by the wall.

He says that the body was deposited in the Lundazi District Hospital mortuary.

Council officers forced to buy uniforms

Chipata City Council has refuted claims that council police officers are buying uniforms using their own money.

Town Clerk Davies Musenge says it is the mandate of the council to take care of council police officers by giving them job requirements such as uniforms.

He says some council police officers were buying their ceremonial white shirts out of their initiative adding that it was not that the local authority failed to buy those uniforms.

Mr. Musenge says this year Chipata City Council has prepared a budget to procure uniforms for council police officers adding that the local authority is liaising with Lusaka City Council to help in the procurement of the huts which will bear the budge of Chipata City.

He says Chipata City Council recently recruited council police officers and all the workers have been given uniforms.

Mr. Musenge says the only challenge is that Chipata City Council has delayed to purchase boots for the old police officers who were not among the recruits.

Meanwhile Mr. Musenge revealed that Chipata City Council will soon take its officers for refresher courses to equip them with new skills on how to manage the city.

Mr. Musenge says the training, which will be conducted by Zambia Police will be to impart skills on how to handle township patrols and public nuisance in the city.