Nurse nabbed with K19,400 fake notes

Police in Petauke district have apprehended a male nurse of Nyimba District Hospital for being found in possession of 19 thousand, four hundred kwacha counterfeit notes.

Provincial Deputy Police Commissioner, Sharon Zulu says Dickson Mwale aged 26 of Botha village in Chief Kapichila’s area of Lundazi District was apprehended on Saturday.

Mrs. Zulu says the counterfeit money is in 100 kwacha notes.
The deputy police commissioner says the suspect is in custody in Petauke while his colleagues are alleged to have gone into Mozambique to buy maize using the same counterfeit notes.

Meanwhile Police in Lundazi District have arrested a 26 year old married woman for illegal abortion and a 54 year old woman for leading her to abort.

ZANIS reports that Eastern Province Deputy Police Commissioner, Sharon Zulu confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview over the weekend.

Mrs. Zulu named the suspects as Suzen Gondwe of Kakolo village and Roster Mwanza of Mphungu village, both of Senior Chief Mwase in Lundazi district.

The incident happened between 15th and 16th July, 2017, when Gondwe is alleged to have been given herbal medicine by Mwanza with instruction to terminate her five months old pregnancy.

Mrs. Zulu further said that Gondwe narrated that when she followed the directive, she later bled profusely, thereby terminating her pregnancy.

The suspects were then arrested after Gondwe’s husband Lyson Kamanga 54 of the same village reported the matter to the police.

Mrs. Zulu says that Gondwe will appear in court to answer charges of infanticide after she recovers at Lundazi District hospital where she is admitted.

Her accomplice, who is in police custody, will also appear in court to answer to the same charge.

EPCCI advises farmers to find better maize market

The Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EPCCI, has called on the Agro Cooperative Union, ACU to help farmers market their maize in East Africa.

EPCCI President, Thomas Mtonga, says ACU should find measures, which can help farmers find maize market in the sub region, in order for farmers to sale their crop at a better price.

Mr. Mtonga said this following the reduction in the buying price of maize by the FRA, Food Reserve Agency, which is now at 60 kwacha per 50 kilogram bag, from last year’s price of 85 kwacha.

He says the only way small scale farmers can benefit from their crop is by selling their produce in the sub region such as Kenya, where the price of maize is high.

Mr. Mtonga says farmers should not only rely on FRA, when there is more demand for maize in other countries.

He says this year’s maize price does not match farmers’ expenditure on onputs.

Mr. Mtonga says farmers should also understand that there is low demand for maize on the market, due to the bumper harvest experienced in the 2016-2017 farming season, adding that they should not expect the maize prices to rise.

Ministry of Local government accused of mishandling projects

Medium and Small scale contractors have complained of unfair biding processes of contracts under the Ministry of Local Government.

Speaking to Breeze News, Vice President for National Association and Small Scale Contractors, Rose Samboko says the ministry is sidelining contractors from Eastern Province.

Mrs. Samboko says that the ministry recently advertised contracts in Eastern Province without informing contactors in the region.

She says that the Eastern based contractors were shocked that only contractors based in Lusaka visited the province for project site visits.

Mrs. Samboko, who is also provincial chairperson, appealed to the Ministry of Local Government to re-advertise the contracts to promote transparency.

She charged that it is not fair for the ministry to have conducted the bidding process in secrecy when contractors in Eastern Province also need to be empowered.

And Provincial Local Government Officer, Alex Bwalya referred queries to the Department of Housing and Infrastructure Development DHID, who could not be reached for comment by broadcast time.

Three Chinese Nationals arrested for illegal possession of 25 rhino horn pieces

Three Chinese Nationals and two Zambians have been arrested for illegal possession of 25 rhino horn pieces weighing 32.2 Kilograms at the Chanida Border Post.

The five were arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife DNPW and ZRA, the Zambia Revenue Authority.

Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe says the suspects, who were nabbed at the Border Post that links Zambia to Mozambique are expected to appear in court soon.

And Mr. Kalembwe has assured the public that no rhinos have been poached in Zambia’s National Parks nor stolen from Government stockpiles as reported in some sections of the media.

This follows the arrest of a Chinese woman at Oliver Tambo International Airport in South Africa for being in possession of 11 rhino Horns which were found in her luggage.

The Chines woman is said to have travelled from Lusaka to Hong Kong via Johannesburg where she was arrested and has since appeared in Court.

Mr. Kalembwe however said joint investigations with the South African Authorities have been instituted to establish how the luggage containing the rhino horns eluded security checks at the Kenneth Kaunda international airport and to establish the source of the rhino horns.

Julius Malema annoys Patriotic Front Party

The Patriotic Front PF Party has reacted angrily over comments by the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF, of South Africa, Julius Malema, on the political situation in Zambia.

A video is circulating on the internet, where Mr. Malema is challenging President Edgar Lungu to ensure arrested opposition members are released and accept to be opposed if he is a true leader.

Sunday Chanda, who is Patriot Front Media Director, has described the sentiments as irritating and insulting against President Edgar Lungu.

In a statement to Breeze News this morning, Mr. Chanda says Mr. Malema is attempting to project himself as the spokesperson of the opposition in the Southern region.

He says President Lungu revoked the Preservation of Public Security Act under Article 31 of the Constitution of Zambia, to address instances of fires caused by arson and to prevent further cases of economic sabotage, which threaten public security and people’s safety.

Mr. Chanda says Article 31 invoked by President Lungu and ratified by Parliament, did not create a State of Emergency, as it deals with a Threat to Public Security or Threatened Emergency.

He emphasised that there is no State of Emergency in Zambia and that Article 31 was invoked long after UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema’s arrest.

He described Mr. Malema as a coward and has no right to get involved into what he called Zambia’s business.

Man committed to high court for arson

The Chipata Magistrate Court on Friday referred a man of Chipangali Constituency to the High court for sentencing after convicting him of arson.

Before Magistrate Boniface Mwala was Davison Tembo, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

Facts of the matter are that on July 10th 2017, Tembo set ablaze the house of his mother in-law.

On the material day, Tembo’s in-law heard some footsteps when she was asleep.

She told the court that she woke up and peeped through the window and discovered that it was her son in-law.

Tembo’s mother in-law said because of the moon light, she clearly saw him torching the house.

The court heard that a lot of household items were gutted in the inferno, but all the people that where in the house managed to escape.

Tembo admitted that he set ablaze the house because his mother -in-laws was keeping his wife.

After convicting Tembo, Magistrate Mwala referred the matter to the High Court for both mitigation and sentencing.

Passion killings worry NGOCC

The Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council NGOCC has bemoaned the increased cases of passion killings.

NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale says that GBV, Gender Based Violence is a national crisis that should be addressed by all stakeholders.

Ms. Mwale says in a statement availed to Breeze News that there is a compelling need for the nation to quickly convene an indaba to address the root causes of these passion killings that are sending productive lives to their early graves.

She says that without doubt, these killings are robbing families of their beloved ones and the country in general of the much needed human resource.

Ms. Mwale says that NGOCC condemns the recent incident in which a husband killed his wife and suspected lover especially that it was done in full view of the children.

She says that the children will live with the trauma of witnessing their own mother being mercilessly murdered by their own father.

Ms. Mwale has advised couples to always find amicable ways of resolving their differences no matter the amount of provocation.

Sixty Kwacha maize floor price sends panic

Panic has gripped some farmers in Feni area of Chipata district, following the announcement by FRA, the Food Reserve Agency that it will buy maize at 60 Kwacha per 50 kilogramme bag.

Feni Agricultural Camp Zone Chairperson, Tomaida Ziwa, says that most farmers are shocked, as they never expected the agency to offer such low prices.

Ms. Ziwa says this is the first time in many years that a government agency is offering lower prices than private buyers.

She also questioned the criteria used by the agency to come up with what she described as exploitative prices.

Ms. Ziwa says it would have been better if government maintained last year’s price of 85 Kwacha.

She added that farmers will now be subjected to more poverty as they will be unable to raise enough money for various household needs such as paying school fees for their children.

A 23 year old man acquitted

The Chipata Magistrates Court this morning acquitted a 23 year old man of Chipata Motel, who was charged with one count of being in possession of breaking instruments.

Lottie Phiri, was charged with one count of being in possession of breaking instruments contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Phiri, is alleged to have been found with two iron bars, two machetes, a head sock and pepper spray at his house.

The prosecution called four witnesses while Phiri called one witness when he was put on defense.

One of the witnesses, George Kamboyi, said officers started investigating Phiri after the Anglican Church was robbed last year.

Kamboyi said officers went to search Phiri’s house and found the breaking instruments.

In his defense, Phiri said on August 3rd 2016, seven police officers pepper sprayed him before, apprehending him on suspicion that he had a gun, which he was using in robberies.

He said the officers took him to Chipata Central Police Station, where they beat him up and later went to search his house.

Phiri said the instruments that the officers found at his house were used for construction works at his plot, but denied that he was found with pepper spray and head sock.

In her judgement, Principal Resident Magistrate, Jennifer Bwalya, said there was no sufficient evidence to show that the items were used for breaking into houses, as the police did not try to open any house using the said instruments.

Magistrate Bwalya said prosecution witness number one, two and four did not dispute the accused evidence that he explained to them over the use of the instruments.

She said the state failed to establish a case against the accused and acquitted him.

Phiri was represented by Hibajene Mulunda from LML Chambers and Phanwell Namangala from PNP Advocacy.

Livestock farmers in Chief Maguya face water challenge

Livestock farmers in Khova ward of Chief Maguya’s area in Chipata district, walk about 30 kilometres to access drinking water for their animals.

Chief Maguya of the Ngoni people says lack of dams in the area has been the greatest challenge for livestock farmers.

And the traditional leader says people have continued to drink water from shallow wells, which is a health hazard, because the water is not safe.

He says the declaration of Open Defecation Free, ODF for some villages in the area will be meaningless because they do not have safe drinking water.

He called on government through the local authority to drill more boreholes and construct dams in the area.