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.