Thieves steal K100,000 and gold from Chipata businessman

Unknown people have broken into a house of a Zambian of Asian origin and got away with 100,000 Kwacha cash and a piece of gold valued at 50 thousand Kwacha in Chipata district.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, has confirmed the burglary and theft case to Breeze News.

Mr. Chilufya says the incident happened yesterday between 13 and 14 hours in Bombay Township at the house of Matadar Zakir.

Mr. Chilufya says unknown people broke a bugler bar of the living room window at Mr. Zakir’s house and got cash money and a piece of Gold.

He says no arrest has been made and police have instituted investigations into the matter.

Meanwhile, a man of Daniel Village in Chief Kakumbi’s area in Mambwe district has been killed by an elephant.

Mr. Chilufya says the man only identified as Edward, mate his fate as he was seated at his house in the early hours of today, when an elephant approached his house and stamped him to death.

He says the body has been taken to Kakumbi clinic and police have informed the Department of National Parks and Wildlife on the matter, so that the animal can be secured.

Mr. Chilufya says issues of human animal conflict are common in Mambwe district, especially during harvest period, because animals move around looking for space as they feel displaced and people living near the game park become victims.

Veterinary Department alert to any outbreak of bird flu

The Veterinary Department in Eastern Province says that it is always alert to any outbreak of bird flu.

Provincial Veterinary Officer, Arthur Mumbolomena has told Breeze News that this is why the department has not completely relaxed its surveillance in borders.

Dr. Mumbolomena however, says that his office has not received any communication over government’s decision to ban the import of live birds and other poultry products from South Africa.

This follows an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8, commonly known as bird flu, in that country.

The decision came barely a fortnight after a similar ban was imposed on poultry imports from DRC, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and other countries which also recorded an outbreak of the virus.

Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo said that the measure was taken to safeguard Zambia’s poultry industry.

However, Dr. Mumbolomena says that the department hopes that it can receive communication from the ministry headquarters so that they can understand the guidelines on how to treat the ban.

Chipata Council workers down tools

Division four workers at Chipata City Council and contractual workers at Chipata Motel have downed tools for nonpayment of salaries for three months.

Zambia United Local Authority Workers Union, ZULAWU Chipata District Chairperson, Milimo Buumba, confirmed this to Breeze News.

Mr. Buumba stated that the salary wage bill for the workers is about 33,000 Kwacha per month, meaning that the council owes workers at Chipata Motel, about ninety-nine thousand kwacha for three months.

Mr. Buumba says the union had engaged management at Chipata City Council last week on the matter and gave them up to Friday to pay the workers or they would go on strike.

Mr. Buumba says that the union was surprised to note that up to yesterday, the workers were not paid their salaries, a situation that forced them to go on strike.

He vowed that the workers will not go back to work until management pays them their three months salaries.

Chipata City Council Acting Town Clerk, Namenda Kaonga, could not be reached for comment by news time.

UPND says farmers need better representation

The opposition United Party for National Development, UPND has observed that lack of strong representation for farmers is partly contributing to their exploitation.

UPND provincial publicity and information secretary, Victor Mbuzi, also observed that some unions charge a lot of money, a situation, which forces most farmers to opt not to join unions.

He explained that, while unions and organizations that represent government and workers or companies are vibrant, some farmer organizations have not been fully representing the farmers.

Mr. Mbuzi has therefore, called on government to consider announcing this year’s crop floor prices, instead of continuously asking farmers to wait for better prices, which are unknown.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mbuzi says the party in the province is disappointed with the fracas that happened in Lusaka between PF and UPND members during the burial of party members for both parties.

He explained that the two parties, with assistance from churches and non-governmental organizations, must find ways of ending the ongoing violence, before the situation gets out of hand.