Mwandauka dump site in Chipata to be relocated

The Chipata City Council says it will relocate the Mwandauka Dump site situated along Chadiza road.

Council Acting Public Relations Officer, Falesi Banda, told Breeze News that the exercise will be carried out this year and the dump site will be relocated to the outskates of Town.

She said the local authority has already written to a certain organization requesting for land.

Ms. Banda says negotiations have reached an advanced stage and the local authority will soon purchase land from the organization to be used as a new dumpsite.

Ms. Banda’s comment comes after complaints from residents in Kagunda area, that the council dumpsite along Chadiza road is posing a health hazard, because garbage flows into Lutembwe River, where they fetch water from.

Ms. Banda acknowledged that the current council dump site is full and a health hazard to people in the surrounding area.

Government assures journalists of free access to information

Government has assured the media in Chipata of free flow of information from its departments.

Speaking during Press Freedom Day, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says journalists should not be denied access to information from the various government departments.

Mr. Kasolo was responding to a complaint from some journalists that they are finding it difficult to get information because most government officials avoid talking to them.

Mr. Kasolo says every journalist has the right to access information from government departments regardless of the media institution they work for.

He says he will write a circular to all heads of Government departments to start sharing information on their departmental activities to journalists.

Mr. Kasolo stated that this will assist to end the challenges which journalists face in getting information.

298 stray dogs gunned down within one month in Petauke district.

The local authority in Petauke district has gunned down two hundred and ninety eight stray dogs.

Petauke District Council Chairperson, James Lungu told Breeze News that the local authority has a target of controlling 600 dogs because the district has an increase in the number of stray dogs.

Mr. Lungu says the exercise, which started last month will be extended to all the villages in the district.

He was reacting to concerns from some residents of Ukwimi area who expressed worry over an increase in dog bites in the area.

Mr. Lungu has called on dog owners in the district to vaccinate and confine their dogs in order to reduce rabies related diseases.

And in another development, the Council Chairperson has disclosed that the local authority has relocated almost all the street venders to the designated places.

He says the contractor Condrill Construction Company is soon expected to start works on Petauke Boma town road.