Over 50 pupils abandon school for marriage

Over 50 pupils of Bwanunkha Primary School in Chadiza district are reported to have stopped school in preference for marriage.

School Head teacher, Peter Banda, revealed this in a letter dated June 20th 2017 to the District Commissioner, George Phiri, availed to Breeze News yesterday.

Mr. Banda said the number of dropouts at the school has gone above 50 this term, with the majority being girl children.

He said headmen, parents and the affected children were summoned by school authorities to explain their absenteeism.

Mr. Banda says nothing was achieved as most pupils, especially girls, preferred to get married.

He asked the District Commissioner, George Phiri and Chadiza
District Education Board Secretary, DEBS, Misozi Mwenya, to intervene in the matter.

Meanwhile Chadiza district commissioner, George Phiri, has expressed disappointment over the decision by the pupils to stop school in preference for marriage.

Mr. Phiri said it is the wish of government that all pupils complete education before marrying.

He has directed the District Child Protection Committee to intensify campaigns on Child Protection Awareness in the district.

He was speaking during a one day stakeholders training workshop on child protection policy organized by Lifeline/ChildLine Zambia in Chadiza.

Two months baby burnt to death

A two months old baby has been burnt to death in a maize field in Lundazi district.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, confirmed to Breeze News the death of Racheal Ngulube of Chiniyimba Village in Chief Mwase’s area.

Mr. Chilufya says the incident occurred on Wednesday around 07 hours, when the baby was left in the care of her elder sister, as her parents were harvesting maize.

Mr. Chilufya says the baby sustained 3rd degree burns after the maize filed she was in was ignited with a match stick by her ten year old elder sister.

He says no foul play was suspected.


East Rainbow official ditches the party for PF

Rainbow Party Eastern Province Information Publicity Secretary, Paul Phiri has resigned from the party to join the ruling PF, Patriotic Front Party.

Mr. Phiri says his resignation follows the lack of seriousness he has observed in the rainbow party.

Mr. Phiri has alleged that the Rainbow party has now become a two man’s political party because its leader, Wynter Kabimba and his comrade, Robert Chikwelete are running the affairs of the party based on their selfish motives.

He has further alleged that Mr. Kabimba and Mr. Chikwelete have been selling party regalia to their members as one way of raising funds for themselves.

He added that the rainbow party has no proper plan on how it can serve the people of Zambia in an event that it wins elections and its National Members do not coordinate well with other members.

Mr. Phiri says he has decided to join the PF party because of government’s massive developments in all sectors of the economy that it has been undertaking.

And when contacted for a comment, Rainbow Party Member of the executive committee, Isaiah Manda says he has not received a resignation letter from Mr. Phiri and refused to comment further on the matter.

Meanwhile PF Provincial Information and Publicity Secretary, Bright Chihana has welcomed Mr. Phiri’s decision to join the ruling party.

Mr. Chihana says that Mr. Phiri’s decision to join PF is evidence enough that the ruling party is attracting members because of good leadership.


Schools told not to send away pupils

The Ministry of General Education in Eastern Province has directed head teachers not to send away pupils from school ,on account of not paying school fees.

Provincial Education Officer, Allan Lingambe told Breeze News that the ministry will stick to its policy of not sending away pupils, who have not paid school fees.

Dr. Lingambe says government officials from Provincial Administration had engaged him on the issue following complaints from some parents over the sending away of pupils by school authorities.

Dr. Lingambe says that he later informed head teachers in the province, that no pupil must be sent away for non-payment of school fees.

Dr. Lingambe explained that he has directed the head teachers to be accepting payments in kind ,that will amount to the required school fee.

He added that the head teachers have also been directed to accept payment in instalments, adding that parents should commit themselves in writing on the day they would finish the payment.

Dr. Lingambe however, says the challenge still remains, that some parents do not cooperate with school authorities by completely not paying their children’s school fees.


Eastern Province has 244 Early Childhood Centers

A report has revealed that Eastern Province has 244 Early Childhood Centers.

The report, which has been released by the Policy Monitoring and Research Center, PMRC, also shows that the province has 11,546 early childhood pupils.

Southern Province has the highest enrolment at 33, 223, but with only 124 centres, while Central Province has the highest number of centres at 380 with an enrolment of 15, 479.

North-Western Province has the lowest enrolment with only 3, 818 pupils and has 78 centres.

The report also reveals that for a long time, provision of education to children below the urge of six ,was left to the private sector.

However, the report also shows the Ministry of General Education ,is doing a lot to change the scenario through the opening of early childhood centres in public schools.

It says this has been shown through the employing of early childhood teachers in recent years and praised the ministry for its efforts.


Works for a 23 million US dollars Industrial Yard start in Chipata District

The process of constructing a 23 million United States dollars Industrial Yard in Chipata District is underway.

The industrial cluster yard will be constructed by CEEC, the Citizens Economic Empowerment          Commission and is aimed at enhancing youth entrepreneurship.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo ,said the project funded by African Development Bank, ADB has a component of supporting Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project ,aimed at enhancing productivity, quality and efficiency among youths.

Mr. Kasolo stated that 44 workshops will be rented out for
manufacturing, to targeted citizens involved in Wood work, Metal work, Agro processing and automotive works.

Mr. Kasolo says the move will promote unity among the youths and       also inculcate a sense of working together, than what the situation is now where most Zambians, would rather work in isolation.

He says being an agricultural province, the coming of an industrial cluster yard, will assist the growth of the economy by adding value on the many crops grown in the province and improving lives in the area.

And Eastern Province CEEC Coordinator, Callitus Mweele, said the Industrial Yard will provide an enabling physical space that will promote organized markets and creation of market linkages of the products.



Government raises only K200,000 from forestry products

Government raised about two hundred thousand kwacha from issuing licenses for forestry products in Eastern Province last year.

Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu, however, says the money is not enough and there is need to increase the value of forestry products for the benefit of the province.

Mr. Zulu was speaking when he featured on a programme dubbed, Government Forum on the national broadcaster last evening.

Mr. Zulu says government wants to ensure that there is full realization from wood products in the province, by adding value locally.

Mr. Zulu says government has made tremendous progress towards the curbing of illegal marketing, selling and harvesting of the Mukula and timber trees and will not allow any export of round wood.

And Mr. Zulu says government has moved from talking about the potential that the province has in creating an enabling environment, to full realization of the potential.

He mentioned that government will ensure that there is investment in the mining of Gold in Vubwi and Petauke and Limestone in Nyimba district, so that the resources can add to the national revenue.

The minister says the construction of the railway line from Chipata to Central Province will attract more investment to the province especially in the mining sector.

Meanwhile, Mr. Zulu says most developmental projects that had stalled two years ago due to financial challenges, have resumed and contractors are on sites to finish the works.

He mentioned some of the construction works as the         Chipata-Vubwi and Chipata-Chadiza roads and the               Sinda-Petauke stretch of the Great East Road, whose works have resumed.

Mr. Zulu also mentioned construction works for district hospitals that are progressing well in the province.

He added that ZNS, the Zambia National Service will construct 36 rural roads in the province to make most rural areas accessible especially by small scale farmers.

Government to get to the bottom of GBV

Government says it is working hard to ensure that GBV, Gender Based Violence is curbed in the country.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Howard Sikwela, says government is working on finding out the cause of GBV so that it can immediately be stopped because it demeans the dignity of people.

Mr. Sikwela says most of the GBV cases are psychological problems by perpetrators.

He was speaking when a delegation from Ministry of Health, Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Justice, Gender and World Vision paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Assistant Secretary, Loyd Tembo, at Provincial Administration this morning.

The delegation is in Chipata to inspect the three one stop centers in Chipata, Katete and Nyimba districts.

And World Vision Chief Party, Annie Zulu Banda says the organization has been working with the four ministries to end GBV in the country since 2012.

Mrs. Banda says the stop GBV program which was funded by USAID will come to an end next year and asked government to find ways of continuing the program because the vice is still escalating.

And Eastern Province Assistant Secretary, Loyd Tembo says government will continue working on ending GBV even when cooperating partners withdraw their support.

He thanked World Vision for spearheading the program by working with the four ministries.


PS Chanda Kasolo tells off PF cadres

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo has dismissed allegations from the PF, Patriotic Front Party that his administration is not working with the ruling party.

Reacting to the PF provincial leadership, which has called for his removal from office, Mr. Kasolo said that he will not be intimidated by cadres because he is a civil servant and not a politician.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Kasolo also said that PF cadres do not have an absolute right to government contracts.

He explained that the provincial tender board committee will award contracts based on merit whether the construction company bidding for the contract is owned by someone from the ruling party or opposition political party.

Mr. Kasolo explained that the provincial tender board committee is guided by ZPPA, Zambia Public Procurement Authority guidelines when awarding contracts.

The permanent secretary stated that as a public officer, he has an obligation to work for Zambians and not politicians asking him to give them contracts and jobs for their relatives.

He denied ever assisting UPND sympathisers, who own construction companies, contracts and pushing for their quick payment.

Yesterday the PF held a press briefing, where Provincial Secretary, Joseph Kolosa demanded for Mr. Kasolo, deputy permanent secretary, Patrick Mwanawasa and Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu to be dismissed for failing to work with the PF and assisting to enrich UPND members through awarding them contracts.

Government distributes a tractor and six tillers to farmers.

Gender and Child Development Minister, Victoria Kalima has distributed one tractor and six tillers to farmers in four chiefdoms in Eastern Province.

The farm implements are being given to farmers through their traditional leaders.

Ms Kalima handed over a tractor to Chief Msoro in Mambwe district and tillers to Senior Chief Nsefu in Mambwe, Senior Chief Kalindawalo and Chief Mwanjabanthu in Petauke district.

Ms. Kalîma says the aim of the Advance Program is to increase productivity in agriculture.

She was speaking yesterday when she handed over the equipment to farmer cooperatives, who gathered at palaces for Chief Msoro and Senior Chief Nsefu in Mambwe district.

Ms. Kalima says government is targeting to distribute 288 farm equipment to all chiefdoms in the country.

The minister, who is also Kasenengwa Member of Parliament, says plans are underway to distribute crop processing equipment for value addition.