Three dangerous criminals arrested in Petauke

Three suspected dangerous criminals have been arrested in Petauke District for house breaking and theft.

Eastern Province Deputy Police Commissioner Diamond Likashi says two suspects are from Lusaka while one is a Petauke resident.

Mr. Likashi told Breeze News that property worth thousands of kwacha has been recovered.

He says the recovered property was stolen from 24 houses, adding that more property is yet to be recovered.

He says the accused persons are expected to appear in court soon once investigations are concluded.

Zambia Road Safety Trust welcomes Kapena bus suspension

The Zambia Road Safety Trust has welcomed the suspension of the Bus Operator license for Kapena Bus Company by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, RTSA.

The license was suspended following the accident, which happened on May 23rd in which 19 people died and 46 others were injured.

In a statement to Breeze FM this morning, Zambia Road Safety Trust communication advisor, Mailos Mwale, says it is pleasing that RTSA has taken a swift and tough action on Kapena Bus Company.

He says the action will act as a deterrent measure to other operators, who are routinely putting the public at risk.

Mr. Mwale says along with this, the trust supports any efforts to improve the effectiveness of the punishments against such operators.

He also advised that frequent road-side inspection checkpoints and random visits at premises, as well as looking for operators and drivers, who are operating illegally, must be done before more lives are lost.

Mr. Mwale also notes that the number of deaths on Zambian roads increased by four per cent from over 2,113 in 2015 to 2,206 in 2016.

He also noted that research has concluded that fleet or company drivers have an increased crash risk compared to privately registered vehicle drivers.

Over 800 e-voucher cards not activated

Eight hundred and fifty-three e-voucher cards for farmers in Mtaya Block have not yet been activated.

This came to light during the 2017 Central Block Agriculture and Commercial Show in Chief Misholo’s Mtaya area.

Gracing the occasion, Chipata May Sinoya Mwale stated that the block received 9,932 cards of which 9,676 were deposited for.

He says that 8,823 cards were activated while 853 cards have not yet been activated. Mr. Mwale explained that this gives 89 per cent success for the block.

The Chipata mayor stated that government will ensure that the remaining inactive cards are activated as soon as possible.

And Mr. Mwale says that he was aware that some cards were activated twice adding that those affected should report to agriculture officers.

He thanked farmers for the bumper harvest to be realised this year despite many challenges like late distribution of farming inputs and crops pests.

The Block Agriculture and Commercial Show was held under the theme “Promoting green economy”.

Mr. Mwale says that theme was well placed as it is line with government’s agenda of creating employment and wealth through diversification in agriculture.