Armed robbers attack old couple, kill wife in Chipata

Armed robbers have killed an elderly woman and seriously injured her husband in Chipata’s Moth residential area.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the incident to Breeze News.

Mr. Chilufya says that Bernard Muchuchuti, 78 and his wife Esther Chiwala, 73, were attacked by unknown robbers in the early hours of today.

He says that Esther suffered two deep cuts on the back of the head and one on the right ear.

Mr. Chilufya says that a hoe was used in the attack, which left the husband unconscious.

He says that the robbers got away with a television set and two decoders from the house.

The police chief says that Margate Zulu, 30, a Maid of Mchini compound discovered the scene as she reported for work at 07 hours.

Eight pupils fall pregnant at Kabele School in Petauke

Eight pupils have dropped out of school after falling pregnant at Kabele Primary School in Petauke district.

President for Tisinthe Saving and Internal Lending Communities Simon Zulu revealed this in an interview with Breeze News on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Zulu says that pregnancy cases among pupils in Petauke Central Constituency have become a matter of public concern.

He says that cases of early marriage have also become rampant with an increase in sexually transmitted diseases.

Mr. Zulu expressed concern that pregnancy cases were affecting girls below the age of 16 with those in grade six and seven being victims.

He has urged the authorities to take critical interest in the matter to ensure disparities experienced in the education of girls and boys in Petauke are addressed.

Provincial Education Officer, Allan Lingambe could not be reached for comment by News time.

A five year old boy murdered in Sinda district

A five year old boy of Chanjobvu Camp in Sinda district has been murdered.

And police have detained the mother to the boy identified as Monica Nyambe aged 37 to assist with investigations.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner Alex Chilufya told Breeze News that Dickson Banda was found dead in a bush few metres from his mother’s house.

Mr. Chilufya says that the murder is believed to have occurred between 21 hours on Sunday and 05 hours yesterday.

He says that the body was hanging from the shrubs with a mosquito net to appear like suicide but suffocation by strangulation is highly suspected.

The police chief says that the body awaits post-mortem.

Lundazi hospital works reach 90 per cent

Construction works of Lundazi district hospital at cost of 23 million Kwacha is at 90 percent completion.

Eastern Province Medical Director, Abel Kabalo says the works are progressing well and will be completed next month.

Dr. Kabalo says that phase one of the project, which started in 2010 by China Gansi has gobbled 4.4 million Kwacha and includes works of constructing a Service Block, maternity Block and Theatre ward.

Dr. Kabalo says phase two of the works, which started in 2013 at a cost of 8.7 million Kwacha by Shachitali Contractor include the construction of a mortuary, Incinerator, male ward, Outside Patient Department and four medium cost staff houses.

He says phase three works, which started in 2015 at a cost of 10 million Kwacha by Mercury Contractors include construction of children and female wards and six low cost staff houses.

Dr. Kabalo says government has paid out money to the three contractors carrying out the works while other payments are being made upon receiving a request from a contractor.

He says the contractors are now finalising the buildings by painting, roofing and putting traces.

Dr. Kabalo says once the hospital is completed, it will be handed over to government for the official opening so that it starts operating.

The medical director noted that the completion of Lundazi district hospital will reduce on the referral cases in the district.

ZABS exceeds its quarterly product sample testing target

The Zambia Bureau of Standards ZABS has exceeded its quarterly product sample testing target by 37% for the first quarter of 2017.

ZABS Head of Marketing and Public Relations Hazel Zulu has confirmed this to Breeze News.

Ms. Zulu says that the Bureau targeted to test and analyse 2,625 product samples in the first quarter of 2017 for compliance and conformance to set Zambian standards.

She however says that ZABS instead tested and analysed 3,608 product samples, representing an increase of 37% above target.

Ms. Zulu says that products tested during the period under review include miscellaneous food stuffs, petroleum samples, water, condoms and fruit-flavoured drinks.

The highest product samples tested was water.

She says that ZABS is very pleased with this positive development as it reflects the increase in levels of awareness and the value that industry and individuals alike have seen in ensuring that their products are reliable and safe through laboratory testing.

Ms. Zulu explains that product sample testing is important because it is the only sure and accurate way to confirm that products are compliant to set standards thereby making them competitive.