Lack of classrooms at Kasenga Day Secondary affects leaners

Authorities at Kasenga Day Secondary School are being forced to cut on the number of pupils selected into secondary classes.

This is due to the limited number of classrooms at the school.

The challenges of shortage of classrooms to carter for secondary classes came to light when Chipangali Member of Parliament, Vincent Mwale, visited the school.

Head teacher, Esau Zimba, explained that the school is expected to carter for most primary schools in the area, but fails because it does not have enough classroom blocks.

Mr. Zimba asked Mr. Mwale, who is also Minister of Local Government and Housing, to find ways of helping the school so that the number of classrooms is increased.

And Mr. Mwale acknowledged that the school needs to be helped with more classrooms in order to increase the number of pupils selected to secondary classes.

He explained that once the CDF, Constituency Development Fund for Chipangali constituency is out, he will see how Kasenga Day Secondary School can be helped.

Trouble in markets in Chipata continues

Traders in the markets have reiterated their appeal to Chipata City Council to immediately constitute market committees to instil discipline in the markets.

Some traders told Breeze News that markets have been invaded by unruly boys who are grabbing money and other items from customers inside the markets.

They said that from the time the market committees were dissolved, the traders have been experiencing lawlessness in the markets.

But Council spokesperson Tawonga Kaonga says traders have been notified that whenever there is a dispute in the market, they should go to the Director Housing and Social Services to report.

Ms Kaonga says any incident that happens in the market should be reported so that the council can handle it.

Meanwhile Chipata Mayor Sinoya Mwale has committed undisclosed amount of his personal money to buy electrical pipes for Saturday market shelters.

Mr Mwale says that after a visit to the trading area this morning, he found that traders were trading in dirty area full of mud with no lights.

Plans for a 300 megawatts power plant in Chipata advance

Plans to put up a 300 megawatts power plant in Chipata by a South African company have advanced.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo has confirmed to Breeze News.

Mr. Kasolo says that a site for the power plant has already been identified along Mwami border road just after the railway line crossing.

He says that a number of meetings with the investors and Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu have been taking place almost every week.

Mr. Kasolo says that an MoU, Memorandum of Understanding has been drafted and is expected to be signed by government for the process to start.

He further says that ZEMA, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency has also been engaged to look at environmental issues before setting up the plant.

And Mr. Kasolo pointed out that the power plant will bring a lot of benefits to Chipata and the country as a whole when it starts operating.

He says that he has currently been advised to withhold the name of the investor until all procedures have been concluded.

Traditional leaders told to look out for political trouble

Traditional leaders have been asked to be on the lookout, because of the current political situation in the country.

Chipangali Member of Parliament, Vincent Mwale, says the political situation in towns can easily spill over to villages, adding that chiefs and other traditional leaders such as indunas have a role to play in ensuring that peace and unity is maintained in their areas.

He explained that some political leaders are deliberately misinterpreting the matter relating to the presidential appeal currently in court and putting people in continuous political mood.

Mr. Mwale, who is also Minister of Local Government and Housing, said this when he paid a courtesy call on Chief Chanje of the Chewa people.

He also asked traditional leaders in Chipangali area, to help in dealing with the illegal exportation of agricultural produce.

Mr. Mwale said due to tight security, illegal exporters and importers of goods are now using rural areas where the border is porous.

And Chief Chanje said that villages are generally calm, but that his indunas are always ready to check any eventualities.

He said that it is important for political leaders to respect the law, adding that currently Edgar Lungu is the president and must be respected.

 

The traditional leader also said that through the traditional system, security will be tightened to prevent illegal exportation of agricultural products, especially burley tobacco, which he said is being taken to Malawi.

 

Katete street light project to be completed this week

Works on the over two Million Kwacha street lighting project in Katete district is expected to be completed this week.

Katete district commissioner, Joseph Duma Makukula, says that following discussions with Zesco and other stakeholders, the street lights are expected to start working in the course of the week.

He explained that most works have already been completed, saying the switching on of street lights will not just add beauty to the district, but also improve security at night.

And in a related development, Mr. Makukula says there is an improvement with the road works being carried out by Nakangea Construction Company.

He says Show grounds, Catholic Church and Katete Agriculture College, are the three major roads remaining under the project.

Mr. Makukula says that the company is expected to work even faster now that rainfall activities have reduced.