More investors express interest to invest in Chipata

More investors are expressing interest to invest in Chipata following the attainment of city status.

This is according to Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Kasolo says that the investment interest includes hotel and catering, mining and manufacturing.

He says that one of the most interesting things is that those that want to invest are not foreign but local investors, who are Zambians.

Mr. Kasolo says that the provincial administration already managed to convince proprietors of Red Sea, who have opened a depot in Chipata distributing Zambia Breweries products.

He says that furthermore the same company, which runs Grant Palace Hotel in Lusaka, has agreed to build a hotel in Chipata.

Mr. Kasolo says that these investments will supplement those at the industrial park.

Zambia ranked 116 of 155 happiest countries

A survey by the United Nations has ranked Zambia on number 116 out of 155, on the list of the Worlds’ happiest countries.

Malawi is on number 113, Mozambique on 136 while Zimbabwe is on number 138.

In the last ten of the unhappiest countries, is the Central African Republic at number 155, followed by Burundi at 154, Tanzania at 153, Syria at 152 and Rwanda at 151.

The survey asked respondents to rank their happiness on scale of zero to 10 – with 10 representing the best possible life and zero representing their worst possible life.

The measurements in the survey included real gross domestic product per capita, a healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices and freedom from corruption.

Meanwhile the Norwegians displaced three-time winner Denmark to take the title of “world’s happiest country” for the first time.

Denmark dropped to second place this year, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and Sweden which tied for ninth place, according to the latest World Happiness Report.


CSPR calls for immediate financial audit of Public Private Drivers Association Chipata office

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR has alleged that the Public Private Drivers Association, a Youth Project is abusing its mandate in the way it is running the project.

CSPR Eastern Province Advocacy and Communications Officer Maxson Nkhoma has also called for immediate financial audit of the Public Private Drivers Association Chipata Office.

Mr. Nkhoma says that CSPR is in receipt of reports of alleged abuse of office and failure to follow laid down Operation procedures as prescribed by the government during the hand over ceremony of the buses.

He says that his organisation is worried that if the association is left to continue operating in the manner it is working, the buses will not last for long as there is no proper accountability channels for monies raised by the buses.

But when contacted for a comment, Public Private Drivers Association Chairperson Joseph Phiri refuted the allegation saying the office is open to scrutiny by anyone.

Mr. Phiri explained that when a bus is loaded at Kapata Bus Station going to Lusaka, an inspector accompanies the bus up to Nyimba where he collects the money from the conductor.

He says the inspector then deposits the money while in Nyimba adding that what the office receives are deposit slips for filing, indicating the amount deposited.

Mr. Phiri says the association is aware that government gave the buses on loan from HIGER Bus Company Limited, which needs to be paid back.

Department of Planning at Chipata City Council banned from handling land matters.

The Department of Planning at Chipata City Council has been banned from handling matters to do with land because of irregularities reported by Chipata residents.

Chipata Mayor, Sinoya Mwale told Breeze News that this is in an effort to bring transparency in the administration of land in Chipata.

Mr. Mwale says his office has received numerous complaints from people wanting to acquire land in Chipata of not being well assisted by authorities in the planning department.

He says the process of acquiring land takes too long to be completed which should not be the case and this has forced him to make changes in the planning department.

Mr. Mwale says the office of the Town clerk will now take up land issuance matters at the council so that members of the public may be saved accordingly.

And Mr. Mwale has appealed to the Land Department at the Provincial Administration to be putting the interest of the people first, when handling land matters so that such complaints do not arise.