Eastern to benefit from 26.5 million US dollars electricity credit

The World Bank has approved 26.5 million International Development Association, IDA credit, to increase electricity access in 36 rural areas in nine provinces of Zambia.

Eastern Province is among those to benefit.

Other provinces are Central, Copperbelt, Luapula, Muchinga, Northern, Southern and Western.

The Electricity Service Access Project will provide connections to the national grid for about 22,000 low-income households and about 1,000 Medium Scale Entrepreneurs MSEs in the selected rural areas.

World Bank Country Manager for Zambia, Ina Ruthenberg, says the majority of the beneficiaries will receive electricity services for the first time.

She says access to electricity in rural areas is important, because it helps replace consumption of paraffin, diesel, dry cell batteries, and alternative fuels such as firewood that contributes to deforestation.

And World Bank Senior Energy Specialist, Joseph Kapika, says the project supports the government’s priority of increasing electricity access in rural areas.

He says this is aligned with two of the strategies that relate to energy in the recently launched Seventh National Development Plan for 2017 to 2021, which are “Promotion of renewable and alternative energy” and “Improved access to Rural and Peri-Urban areas”.

Sixty-eight students graduate from Sambizga College of Education

Sixty-eight students from Sambizga College of Education in Chipata have today graduated with Primary Education Diplomas, at the institutions 2nd graduation ceremony.

Addressing the new graduates, University of Zambia, UNZA Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Austin Cheyeka, says the students have an opportunity to upgrade their qualifications at the University of Zambia.

Professor Cheyeka says this is because the primary diplomas they have obtained are underwritten by UNZA.

He says this is because Sambizga is working in collaboration with UNZA.

Professor Cheyeka urged the graduates to be dedicated to their teaching profession and always be present during their work, once deployed in the teaching service.

He advised the graduates to refrain from vices that can lead them to contract HIV.

Meanwhile, Sambizga College of Education principal, Francis Zimba, says the 30 male and 38 female students, who graduated today, are fully baked with quality education and ready to serve as teachers.

Speaking earlier at the ceremony, Mr. Zimba says the college has grown from the time it started operating in 2013, as it now offers secondary school teaching diploma.

Mr. Zimba appealed to government to consider giving bursaries to students in private colleges, because they also face similar challenges as those in public institutions.

He also urged government to consider recruiting the graduates in the teaching service.

The principal says the college will continue supplementing government’s efforts of providing quality education to its students in the province, which only has one public college of education.

And Eastern Province Education Officer, Allan Lingambe, urged the graduates to apply for employment to the ministry, so that they can be considered in the deployment of teachers next month.

Dr. Lingambe appealed to the college to continue focusing on issues of quality to uphold the integrity of education, especially that the institution is accredited to UNZA.


Four stray lions kill six head of cattle

Four stray lions have killed six head of cattle within two days in Chief Chinunda’s area in Chipata district.

The development has instilled fear in villagers, whose movements have now been restricted to within their homes.

Speaking to Breeze News, Headman Mphasala, Elijah Nkhoma says that the lions killed two animals on Wednesday and four animals yesterday.

The headman made a desperate appeal to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, to send officers to put down the vicious wild animals.

And a resident of the area, Kumandakuitana Tonga says that the villagers have the capacity to kill the animals if help delays.

Mr. Tonga stated that the villagers do not want to take action, because they respect laws that deal with killing of wild animals especially those in national parks.

And efforts to get a comment from Department of National Parks and Wildlife Acting Area Warden, Webster Katele, failed by news time.



Poor infrastracture at Chipata Show ground worries stakeholders

As the gates to this year’s 41st Eastern Province Agricultural and Commercial Show open to the public today, concern has been raised about the poor state of infrastructure at the show ground.

Chipata District Farmers Association CDFA and Kapata Ward Councilor Naphtali Banda ,say the show ground does not show seriousness.

CDFA Coordinator, Virgil Malambo told Breeze News that the show ground has now been turned into a residential area ,with poor infrastructure and without proper sanitation.

Mr. Malambo stated that if Eastern Province is to showcase what it is offering to the world, the provincial agricultural and commercial Show ,should be held from an area which shows seriousness.

And Kapata Ward Councilor, Naphtali Banda stated that the current state of infrastructure at the show ground, cannot attract foreign exhibitors.

Mr. Banda stated that he is not surprised that all along, only local exhibitors have been participating in the show.

He pointed out the need for the show society, Ministry of Agriculture and Chipata City Council, to find another place where such an important event can be held from, especially that Chipata is now a City.