A male lecturer arrested for allegedly molesting male students.

Police in Chipata have arrested a named male lecturer from Chipata Trades Training Institute for allegedly molesting male students.

Eastern Province Police Chief, Alex Chilufya says the male Maths lecturer was allegedly practicing sodomy with male students at the learning institution.

Mr. Chilufya says Police received a report from the school authorities last week that one of their male lecturers has allegedly been inviting male students to his home and involved them in sexual acts.

He says the lecturer admitted by way of writing a letter that he involved some male students in a manner that would suggest sexual practices.

Mr. Chilufya however, withheld particulars of the lecturer and students as police are still investigating the matter.

Meanwhile police in Chipata have arrested two people in connection with the robbery that happened at Eco Bank in Lusaka.

Eastern Province Police Chief, Alex Chilufya has named the suspects as Ronald Kalenga 25 and Raymond Mwape 26 both of John Laing Township in Lusaka.

He says police recovered cash amounting to 85, 000 Kwacha and foreign currency amount to 3, 430 United States dollars.

Police also ceased a three bedroomed house bought by the suspects at a cost of 240, 000 in DK Township, a Toyota Harrier, LG music system and a four set Sofa as proceeds of crime.

Mr. Chilufya says Kalenga and Mwape were arrested after a tip off from people that the duo was hiding in DK area.

He says that investigations into the matter are underway to assist police arrest other crime collaborators.

Meanwhile, a 23 year suspect criminal from Mchini Compound in Chipata died from Chipata Central Hospital after collapsing in police cells at Chipata Central Police.

Mr. Chilufya says John Mungule was facing a charge of theft of properties adding that he assisted the police recover most of the stolen goods within Chipata before he died.

He says the case is still on despite the death of the suspect.

 

Dissolution of market committees by Chipata City Council sparks confusion.

The dissolution of market committees by Chipata City Council has sparked confusion.

Dilika Ward Councilor Samuel Phiri says the dissolution of market committees was not done according to guidelines.

Mr. Phiri told Breeze News that as a chairperson of all market committees in his ward, he was supposed to be informed by Chipata City Council about the decision to dissolve the market committees.

He added that as far as he was concerned, the committee at Saturday Market has remained with one year to serve.

But Chipata City Council has maintained that all market committees remain dissolved until further notice.

Speaking to the media, Council spokesperson Tawonga Kaonga says all market affairs will now be handled by the local authority.

UPND internal confusion in Chipata deepens

The UPND, United Party for National Development has accused some of their provincial leaders in Eastern Province of accelerating the confusion which has engulfed the party in Chipata.

National Chairperson for Youth and Sports Development, Michael Chuzu has warned provincial spokesperson, Victor Mbuzi to stop fuelling confusion concerning the suspensions of some youths in the party.

Mr. Chuzu told Breeze News this morning, that the matter of suspensions will only be resolved by party Secretary General Steven Katuka.

He says that it is therefore, wrong for Mr. Mbuzi to be issuing statements that the suspensions slapped on the youths are valid.

Mr. Chuzu says that Mr. Katuka has clearly indicated that he intends to hold a meeting with the affected youths and the leadership to sort out the matter.

Efforts to get a comment from Mr. Mbuzi proved futile by News time.

Meanwiile The Patriotic Front PF Party in Eastern Province has added its voice to those that have condemned UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s blocking of the presidential motorcade in Mongu over the weekend.

Provincial Secretary, Joseph Kolosa says that such conduct is a recipe for anarchy and disrespect for President Edgar Lungu.

Mr. Kolosa has appealed to the police command to investigate the matter thoroughly and ensure that appropriate action is taken against the UPND leader.

But UPND National Chairperson for Youth and Sports Development, Michael Chuzu says that his party should not be blamed over the incident.

Mr. Chuzu says that police did not provide clear direction on the matter as they allowed Mr. Hichilema to proceed with his journey knowing too well that the president was heading the same direction.

He says that police also failed to provide a swipper vehicle that was supposed to guide other motorists on the presidential motorcade.

No mandatory HIV testing in Zambia

The Ministry of Health says that it has not yet introduced mandatory HIV testing in Zambia.

Ministry Spokesperson, Kennedy Malama says that people currently have a choice to opt out if they do not want to be tested for HIV.

Speaking to Breeze News this morning, Dr. Malama also explained that children who visit health facilities when they are sick will not be tested for HIV if they are not accompanied by an elderly person.

He says that any HIV test on a child will only be conducted upon consent from the parents and guardians.

Dr. Malama however, explained that the benefits of conducting HIV tests on children outweigh the concerns of people who are against routine testing.

He stated that the spread of HIV in children is more rapid than in adults, a situation which results in high mortality if children are not quickly put on treatment.

Nyimba-Luangwa stretch listed on accident hot spots

The Nyimba – Luangwa Bridge stretch on the Great East Road has been listed on the road accident hot spots in the country.

Acting Deputy Director for Clinical Care and Diagnostic Services in the Ministry of Health, Daniel Makawa revealed this during a media workshop.

Dr. Makawa says that the ministry has decided to fully equip all health facilities, which are in accident hot spot areas with emergency facilities like ambulances.

And Dr. Makawa indicated that health facilities like Nyimba district hospital will be equipped with health experts that will handle accident cases, which are supposed to be handled by a second level hospital.

He explained that victims of accidents that happen on the Nyimba-Luangwa stretch are sometimes referred to St. Francis Mission Hospital depending on the complication of the case.

Dr. Makawa was responding to a question on why most victims of road accidents that happen in Nyimba are referred to St. Francis Mission Hospital.

ZNUT advises government to quicken negotiations.

The Zambia National Union of Teachers, ZNUT, in Mambwe district has observed that any further delays in negotiations for new conditions of service may complicate matters.

ZNUT district chairperson Weston Phiri says this is because teachers will lose patience and may take action that could jeopardize the provision of quality education.

He said that the union is disappointed that government is delaying negotiations, despite several calls from unions.

Mr. Phiri says teachers deserve what he described as descent salary increment, which will match the growing cost of living in the country.

Meanwhile, Mr. Phiri says the union is concerned with the current political atmosphere between the ruling PF, Patriotic Front Party and opposition political parties.

He says leaders of political parties must dialogue and ensure that peace and unity continues among their members.

Local contractors team up to improve the quality of their works.

Local small scale contractors in Chipata through their Association have organized themselves to be working in groups of three per project.

Speaking on the Voice Radio Programme on Breeze FM today, one of the local contractors, Patrick Chalwe says this is to ensure that the contractors produce quality works.

Mr. Chalwe says promotion of local contractors should be enhanced because while other contractors have the machinery, others have the skilled manpower.

And Mr. Chalwe says that government should not stop awarding contracts to local contractors because of a few contractors who have failed to perform.

Meanwhile speaking on the same programme, a Chipata resident, Jones Masubi has appealed to the general public in Chipata to care for the infrastructure so that the city of Chipata can sustain its beauty.

Mr. Masubi says that despite Chipata having old structures, there is need to rehabilitate and paint them adding that township roads also need to be well maintained.

Stakeholders call for close monitoring of borehole drilling works

Stakeholders have called for close monitoring in borehole drilling and constructions in Eastern Province.

This came out during the 2017 first quarter Provincial Water, Sanitation and Health Education, PWASHE meeting in Chipata.

The stakeholders contended that strict monitoring will help in ensuring that all companies involved in drilling boreholes and construction in rural areas follow the borehole design by the Department of Infrastructure Development and Housing.

The designs allows for both animals and humans to access water from the same borehole, while still maintaining high standards of hygiene.

During the same meeting, stakeholders urged the Eastern Water and Sewerage Company to consider putting a wire fence around Katete Dam.

They noted that this will prevent loss of lives especially that people are now using it as a picnic area.

And company managing director, Lyton Kanowa, explained that such plans are for the future.

He, however, explained that the company has hired a security company which is guarding the area.

Anoya Secondary in need of K900,000 to build a school hall

Over 900,000 Kwacha is needed for Anoya Zulu Secondary School in Chipata to construct an assembly hall.

And only about 15,000 Kwacha has been raised towards the project.

This came to light yesterday during the ground breaking ceremony for the project held at the school.

Chipata Central Member of Parliament Moses Mawere donated 100 pockets of cement towards the project.

Mr. Mawere, who is also Youth, Sport and Child Development Minister was represented by Chipata Mayor Sinoya Mwale to mark the beginning of the construction works.

Meanwhile School Head Teacher Joyce Mwiinga explained that apart from the hall project, the school has successfully executed other projects like the construction of the laboratory.

Mrs. Mwiinga further stated that the school has put other measures in place to make sure that pupils are well disciplined and achieve the desired results.

She says the students, who were known for throwing stones and being trouble makers have changed for the better academically and in terms of discipline.

The head teacher added that last year, the school recorded  79 per cent pass rate at grade nine level and 75 percent pass rate at grade twelve level.

Only two universities registered in Eastern Province

A list of private universities published by the Higher Education Authority, HEA, shows that only two universities are registered in Eastern Province.

Only DMI-ST Eugene University and the Eastern University are among the 55 universities appearing on the notice for the year 2017.

With 36, Lusaka province has the highest registered private universities, followed by the Copperbelt and Southern Provinces, with both having seven.

Central and Eastern have two each, while The Barotseland University is the only private university in Western Province.

The notice was published in the Zambia Daily Mail Newspapers on March 30.