Public Accounts Committee touring road projects in Eastern Province.

The Public Accounts Committee PAC has embarked on a tour of road projects in Eastern Province.

PAC Chairperson, Cornelius Mwiitwa says that the tour is to ensure that money allocated to projects is not misappropriated and also check on the quality of works done.

Mr Mwiitwa who is also UPND, United Party for National Development Choma Central Member of Parliament mentioned the Chipata-Chadiza, Chipata-Vubwi, Chadiza-Katete and Chipata-Mfuwe as some of the roads whose works need to be inspected.

He says this is also done to fulfil concerns raised in the 2012-2015 auditor general’s report.

He was speaking in Chipata this morning when he paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo.

And Mr. Kasolo says he is disappointed with contractors working on the Chipata- Chadiza and Chipata- Vubwi roads for stopping works when government delayed to pay them.

Mr Kasolo also mentioned the Luangwa-Kacholola stretch on the Great East Road where works done are not of good quality adding that the contractor should account for it.

He thanked PAC for coming to the province because their tour will change the way contractors work.

Tarring road works in Petauke to start next week

Tarring of Petauke turnoff–boma road will commence next week.

Petauke District Council Chairperson, James Lungu, told Breeze News, that Condrill Construction Company is expected to construct three roads in the district.

Mr. Lungu says the construction company will first start working on the 6.5 kilometre Petauke Turnoff-Boma road, 4.5 kilometre Minga Stop-Hospital road and 6.5 kilometre Kalindawalo-Palace road.

And Mr. Lungu says the construction of Chikowa-Chizanda road has reached an advanced stage.

He says the tarring of the roads will greatly change the face of the district.

Misuse of treated mosquito nets spreading malaria

The misuse of treated mosquito nets among some rural people in Eastern Province has contributed to the spread of malaria.

Sinda District Health Planner, Joseph Lungu, says it is worrying to note that most people in the communities do not use the mosquito nets for the intended purpose.

Mr. Lungu says through traditional leaders, massive sensitisation should be conducted.

He says malaria has remained a biggest challenge in the Province.

Mr. Lungu says a District Malaria task force has been formed in the district to combat the disease.

He further says routine testing for malaria is currently being undertaken in health centres in order to lessen the cases of malaria.

Lack of jobs discouraging youths

Some traditional leaders in Eastern Province say lack of employment among the youths, has contributed to high levels of school drop outs in rural areas.

The traditional leaders say that it is difficult to persuade children to take education seriously, because there are few young people, who have found employment after completing their education

Chieftainess Nyanje of Sinda District, says young people, who have attained tertiary education find difficulties in finding employment, because a lot of government employees have over stayed in employment.

She says it is worrying to note that some retirees still remain in employment instead of considering young people.

The traditional leader says the raising of retirement age from 55 to 65 years will therefore, seriously affect youths.

And Chief Kathumba says there is need for government, to consider forming organisations that will specifically look at the plight of young people, who have completed training and are not in any employment.

Most insurance companies not honouring policy payments to clients

Most insurance companies in Eastern Province are not honouring policy payments to their clients, when the agreed period of deducting money from people’s income matures.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, CCPC Provincial Investigative Officer, Emmanuel Zulu, told Breeze News that the commission has seen an increase in the number of cases boadering on insurance companies ,abrogating the CCPC act section 49, number five.

Mr. Zulu explained that the CCPC act section 49, number five states that companies should provide a service with care to their clients when the agreed period expires.

Mr. Zulu says a number of civil servants with running insurance policies ,have reported that they are not being paid their money by some insurance companies after the policy has matured.

He says such companies have been investigated and fined Ten percent of their annual turnovers.

And Mr. Zulu says some civil servants have reported cases of strange deductions on their payslips from some insurance companies.

He says investigations revealed that some of the insurance company’s sales representatives, were getting details from the civil servants payslips ,to get loans for themselves.

Mr. Zulu appealed to people to be reporting such cases to the commission ,so that perpetrators are investigated and dealt with if found guilty, to deter would be offenders.