Twelve point eight million Kwacha for road works in Petauke

Government has released 12.8 million kwacha to Condrill Construction Company, to tar three roads in Petauke District.

Petauke District Council Chairperson James Lungu ,told Breeze News that the construction company has already moved on site.

He says the money was released on Tuesday this week.

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

And Mr Lungu says Sable Construction Company has also received money, to continue working on the township roads in the district.

Meanwhile, Sable Construction Company Laboratory Manager in Petauke, Israel Chipunza says that the construction company is expected to commence the works next week.

Sable Construction Company is tarring eighteen township roads in Petauke, at a total cost of about 129 million kwacha

A Dutch national swindled K28,000 in a love affair.

A Dutch national on Thursday told the Chipata Magistrate Court how he was made to pay over 28, 000 Kwacha for child maintenance to two female Zambians for a fake baby.

This is in a case where Bibi Valley and Zubeda Abdulla Valley ,are charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretences.

It is alleged that the duo on unknown dates, but between November 1, 2016 and January 2, 2017 ,jointly and whilst acting together, obtained 28, 100 Kwacha from Richard Portier, claiming that it was for child maintenance.

Portier, said in May 2015, he had a sexual relationship with a lady only known as Michelle and that the two accused persons claimed that they were mother and aunt to her.

He told the court that the duo swindled him a lot of money after he returned to Holland ,when they informed him that Michelle had fallen pregnant and eventually gave birth.

He said that he was disappointed that despite being charged spouse payment and child maintenance, the issue of Michelle having a baby was fake.

And Tite Phiri 48, of Kaulembe in Chief Mshawa’s area told the court that Michelle was her daughter and that her real name was Mary Zulu, who was born in 1988.

She said her daughter was never pregnant during the stated period ,adding that she was disappointed to learn that there were some people, who claimed to be parents of her daughter.

Phiri testified that she never received any money that was paid for spouse payment and child maintenance.

Trial in the matter that is before Principal Resident Jennifer Bwalya continues.

Civil servants abusing beer in Sinda district

Reports have emerged of some civil servants staying away from work, due to excessive beer drinking in Sinda district.

The reports indicate that the trend is more common in rural parts of the district where a local brew, commonly known as Kachasu is being abused.

And when contacted for comment, Sinda District Commissioner Paradious Sakala, acknowledged that increased brewing of Kachasu is contributing to the raise in the number of civil servants drinking alcoholic drinks while on duty.

Mr. Sakala says it is worrying to note that, the beer is being taken to houses of some civil servants.

He challenged communities in the district to stop producing Kachasu, in order to lessen the number of civil servants drinking beer, while on duty.

He says stringent measures need to be put in place to stop the brewing of Kachasu in the communities and end the trend of drinking while on duty.

Kasolo to stop schools turning away pupils

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, says he will engage the provincial education office to look at the issue of schools sending away pupils, who delay to pay user fees.

Mr. Kasolo says he is expected to have an audience with provincial education officer, Dr. Allan Lingambe on Monday, to issue instructions where all government schools should stop sending away pupils due to non-payment of school fees.

He says this is because most parents are farmers, who have not yet sold their farm produce.

He said this during The Voice programme on Breeze FM on Saturday morning.

Mr Kasolo, however explained that the directive would not affect private schools.

He, however said he expects that even private schools can be reasonable in the manner they handle the issue on payment of school fees.

He said this after farmers complained that they are facing serious challenges to pay school fees for their children due to delayed opening of crop markets by government.

And Mr. Kasolo, says his office will also discuss with the Ministry of Agriculture, to find solutions on challenges farmers face and quickly come up with prices for the farm produce.

He says farmers are important and should be respected in society, as Zambians are dependent on farmers for food security.

Meanwhile, Christopher Chirwa, a farmer of Chinunda area in Chipata District, says crop diversification will be meaningless if government does not provide market for other farm produce.

Mr. Chirwa says farmers are being exploited every year, because government does not provide market for other crops such as soya beans, sunflower and cotton.

He also noted that the delay in buying of maize by government contributes to farmers being exploited by private buyers, who offer low prices.