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.