Contractors on stalled projects disappoint government

Some contractors that are working on big road projects, which have stalled in Eastern Province, have disappointed government.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says that government did not expect that such projects would stall for such a long time.

Speaking to Breeze News this morning, Mr. Kasolo says that none of the projects were tide to consistent release of funds by government.

He says that companies that were contracted to work on roads like Chipata-Chadiza, Chadiza-Katete and Chipata-Vubwi are big companies, which should have kept the projects moving until government funds them.

Mr. Kasolo says that the decision by the companies to suspend works since 2014 means that government will spend extra money as the state of some of the roads has worsened.

He however, says that government is making all efforts to ensure that it mobilizes resources to resume the works.

The permanent secretary says that government is hoping that works on all stalled road projects will commence soon.

UPND in Petauke calls for calm

The United Party for National Development-UPND in Petauke district has urged its members to remain focused despite challenges the party is facing.

Speaking in an interview with Breeze News in Petauke, District Chairman Raphael Mbewe says that there is need for the members to bury their differences.

Mr. Mbewe says that the members should instead concentrate on providing constructive checks and balances.

He emphasized that the members should further remain calm and united as the law interpreters intervene to perform their role over the Mongu presidential motorcade incident.

Africa National Church to build provincial headquarters

The Africa National Church has appealed for assistance to build a provincial headquarters in Eastern Province.

Provincial Overseer, Bishop Samson Nyirenda made the appeal when Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale made a donation of building materials to the church worth 5,750 Kwacha yesterday.

Bishop Nyirenda says that the church has so many things to accomplish, among them, provision of religious training to its members, improve affordable skills and expansion of the church in the province.

He says the church needs more resources to construct the provincial headquarters and meet its objectives.

And Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale has asked the church to pray for politicians in order to maintain peace and unity in Zambia.

Mr. Mwale says that the church plays an important role of preaching peace and unity as well as to mediate issues among the political parties whenever there are conflicting opinions.

He says government recognizes the importance of the church and that is why it created the Ministry of Religious Affairs and National Guidance to promote unity in the nation.

Mr. Mwale says to honor God; government is building a National House of Prayer in Lusaka adding that the president has also set a day of national prayer on October 18th every year to foster reconciliation and forgiveness.

Continuous rains in Chipata might damage some crop varieties.

The Ministry of Agriculture says that the continuous rains being experienced in Chipata might damage some crop varieties.

District Agriculture Coordinator, Michael Ngulube says that maize varieties whose tips are open exposing the grain might rot.

Mr. Ngulube told Breeze News that only varieties whose tips are closed or are facing down will not be affected if the rains continue.

And Mr. Ngulube reiterated that 1,500 e-voucher cards for farmers in the district have not been activated.

He however, says that this number could have reduced because some farmers do not report to his office when their cards are activated.

Mr. Ngulube encouraged farmers, whose cards are being activated not to be discouraged from collecting inputs.

He stated that this is because the farmers can still use the inputs by diversifying into other farming activities like livestock and vegetable growing.