A Patriotic Front cadre acquitted of defaming President Edgar Lungu.

A Patriotic Front PF Party cadre of Chipata district, accused of defaming President Edgar Lungu has been acquitted.

John Ngoma, is alleged to have committed the offence on March 30th 2017, at Kapata market.

He was later dragged to Kapata police post by fellow PF youths, who are said to be in the provincial security team.

It is alleged that Ngoma, used insulting words against the president.

Chipata resident magistrate, Boniface Mwala, acquitted Ngoma for reasons that the prosecution failed to prove the case against the accused person.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Mwala reprimanded three of Ngoma’s friends, for wildly celebrating inside the court, while she was still reading the ruling.

The three apologised before the court.

The magistrate warned that the behaviour they exhibited was uncalled for, because it disturbed court proceedings.

Barclays PLC no longer controlling shareholder of Barclays Africa.

Barclays PLC is no longer the controlling shareholder of Barclays Africa.

This follows the decision by Barclays PLC to reduce its shareholding in Barclays Africa from 50.1 per cent to 23.4 per cent.

Managing Director, Mizinga Melu says that the Public Investment Corporation PIC is set to take up an additional 7 per cent of the shares at a later date subject to regulatory approvals.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, Ms. Melu says that this will further reduce Barclays PLC shareholding to 16.4 per cent.

And Ms. Melu says that despite Barclays PLC not being the main shareholder in Barclays Africa, it will support Barclays Africa throughout the sell-down and operational separation processes.

She says that in the coming weeks and months, the bank will provide further information as the process of separation between the two companies unfolds.

Meanwhile Ms. Melu says that as part of the separation agreement between Barclays PLC and Barclays Africa, Barclays Africa will continue to use the Barclays brand in Africa for up to three years.

She says that this means that Barclays Africa will have three years to build a strong, Africa focused brand, with a massive opportunity.

Government warns illegal gold miners in Petauke

Illegal Gold Miners allegedly digging gold in Chikowa area of Petauke District have been warned of stern action.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says illegal gold miners will not be spared because they do not have permits to conduct the business.

Speaking during a press briefing at his office yesterday, Mr Kasolo says those who will be found in the illegal activity, will be taken to court.

He says it is illegal for people to start mining, when they only have prospecting licence because a prospecting licence only allows interested individuals to go to an area and investigate, if the area has minerals or not

He says his office is aware of some foreign nationals from neighbouring countries who do not have permits and are buying gold in the area.

Mr Kasolo says at the moment, no one has a valid mining licence adding that this is why it is important for law enforcers to do their work.

He has dismissed allegations that some officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife beat up illegal gold miners in Chikowa area during an operation they conducted recently.

Camp Agricultural Committee leaders directed to release e-voucher cards

Camp Agricultural Committee CAC leaders in Chipata have been directed to give back the E-Vouchers cards to the owners or face criminal charges.

District Agriculture Coordinator Michael Ngulube issued the directive when he addressed farmers in Madzi A-Tuba resettlement scheme.

Mr Ngulube told the farmers that the E-Voucher cards were personal to holders, which do not need to be kept by anyone but the owner.

He said the period of E-Voucher cards is not yet over as a farmer can use it to buy goats, cattle, chickens, ploughs and many other farm implements.

Mr Ngulube added that the 31st March deadline, which farmers were being given, was for the government to deposit money in the banks.

He further said that Eastern Province is remaining with 1,529 E-Voucher cards, which have not been activated.

Mr Ngulube said that in terms of performance on E-Voucher distribution, Chipata District has performed well at 95 percent.