A man put on defence for swindling over 1,500 farmers.

A man of Chipata district was yesterday put on defence in the Chipata Magistrate Court, on charges that he swindled over 1,500 farmers out of 73, 811 Kwacha.

Graison Phiri of Mchenga Compound is alleged to have swindled the farmers on pretext that he would provide them with farming inputs.

He appeared before Magistrate Philip Mpundu on one count of theft.

Phiri, who is a director of Green Season Farmers Suppliers, told the court that the farmers deposited 60 Kwacha each in his company account as a membership fee, for the provision of farming inputs.

He said that he was surprised when the farmers decided to report him to the police, while he was in the process of starting the distribution of the farming inputs to the affected farmers.

Phiri further told the court that he had discussed with the farmers that the matter be resolved outside court, so that he pays them back their money, but that the farmers rejected the offer.

He also denied that he bought a vehicle, using the money that he received from farmers.

Phiri, pleaded not guilty to the charge when facts were first read to him when he appeared in court in January this year.

But when the state prosecutor asked him, he admitted receiving money from farmers, which was deposited in his personal account instead of the company’s account.

The matter is coming up for Judgment on Wednesday next week.

Nyau dancers told to stop harassing people

Nyau dancers at the 2012 Kulamba Traditional Ceremony, Katete.

Chief Chanje of the Chewa people in Chipata district has warned Nyau dancers in Chief Chikuwe’s area against harassing people.

ZANIS reports that Chief Chanje said that he has received reports that Nyau dancers in the area are harassing people found at communal places such as boreholes, health centres and schools.

He was speaking at the handover ceremony of seven hundred beehives to farmers by Action for Positive Change, APC in Chiparamba area of Chief Chikuwe.

The tradition leader says regulations are clear that there should be no Nyau performances during school days, unless during special occasions and when one of the members dies.

He advised people in the area to report, whenever Nyau dancing takes place during times when it’s banned.

Meanwhile, Chief Chanje has advised parents to desist from marrying off children at young age.

He said any parent who marries off children at a young age will be punished.

Four police officers in trouble over missing money

Police Officers from Lusaka have instituted investigations in a case involving four police officers under Eastern Division.

Eastern Province Police Deputy Commissioner Shalon Zulu says the ongoing investigation involving the four officers is over the missing money which was recovered from the criminals who were apprehended in Chipata.

She says the four police officers allegedly got away with the money which was recovered from the criminals.

Mrs. Zulu says the officers from Lusaka are involved in the case because the matter happened in Lusaka.

She says an arrest cannot be made before the investigation is concluded.

MMD suspends senior official

The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD has suspended Provincial Youth Treasurer, Christopher Zulu for gross insubordination against senior leaders.

MMD Provincial Chairperson, Jacob Mwanza and Provincial Secretary, Zephaniah Kaleya have confirmed this to Breeze News.

Mr. Kaleya says that Mr. Zulu’s suspension is indefinite, pending expulsion from the former ruling party.

He says that Mr. Zulu should desist from participating in any activities concerning the MMD.

And when contacted for comment, Mr. Zulu declined to state his position on the matter.

Meanwhile Mr. Kaleya says that the MMD has made changes of leaders in Mambwe district.

He says that acting Mambwe District Chairperson Edward Banda has been replaced with Ruben Mwanza while Benson Mvula has replaced Moses Mwale as district secretary.

He says that the changes have been made to reorganise the party for the future.



Teachers told to stop soliciting sex from pupils

A traditional leader in Petauke District has condemned the conduct of some teachers, who are fond of having sexual relationships with pupils.

Chieftainess Mwanjawanthu of the Nsenga people says the challenge, which many girl children face in schools is their safety, because some teachers are fond of having sexual relationships with their learners.

She told Breeze News that the conduct has destroyed the lives of girl children, who end up having premature pregnancies.

The traditional leader, who was reacting to a report of a teacher at St. Therese Girls Secondary School in Kasama, who was caught having carnal knowledge of a grade 11 pupil, says the trend is also common in her chiefdom.

She claims that some teachers, who commit such offences, corrupt head teachers, adding that cases are resolved internally without being reported to authorities.

Chieftainess Mwanjawanthu emphasized the need for the Ministry of Education to put up measures that will help safeguard the girl child in schools.


People involved in examination malpractices warned

The Ministry of Education in Eastern Province has warned people, who are writing exams on behalf of candidates to stop.

Provincial Education Officer Allan Lingambe says candidates, who are writing GCE, General Certificate of Education final examinations, should write exams according to what they have learnt.

Dr. Lingambe further says the candidates should avoid exam malpractices and follow ECZ, Examination Council of Zambia regulations.

Reacting to the arrest of two people, who were caught writing examinations on behalf of candidates at Madzimoyo Secondary School in Chipata last week, Dr. Lingambe says it is unfortunate, because the common exam malpractice is impersonation.

He says mathematics is among the major subjects, which many candidates use other people to write on their behalf.

The education officer says the Ministry of Education is alert to make sure that such cases are wiped out.

And Dr. Lingambe says that the law will be applied to those found engaging in examination malpractices, because cheating during exams will not be tolerated.


PF in Eastern Province welcomes expulsion of Kambwili

The Patriotic Front PF Party in Eastern Province has welcomed the expulsion of Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili from the ruling party.

Provincial Chairperson, Andrew Lubusha has further welcomed the expulsion of former Copperbelt Minister, Mwenya Musenge.

Mr. Lubusha told Breeze News that the duo was over ambitious, causing confusion and wanting to take over the leadership of the party.

He says that PF members in Eastern Province should avoid having any close relationship with Mr. Kambwili and Mr. Musenge.

Mr. Lubusha charged that the duo are not welcome to Eastern Province, stating that the region is a no go area for the former senior officials.

Yesterday PF Secretary General Davies Mwila announced the expulsion of the former minister of information and broadcasting and his Copperbelt counterpart after a National Central Committee NCC meeting held on Saturday.

Mr. Mwila said the party will write to the speaker of the National Assembly tomorrow to declare the Roan Constituency seat vacant.


Chipangali MP Vincent Mwale appointed to PF Central Committee.

Chipangali Member of Parliament, Vincent Mwale, has been appointed as a member of the PF, Patriotic Front Central Committee.

Other PF members appointed as MCC members are Kebby Mbewe, Christopher Yaluma and Lawrence Evans.

And the Central Committee also adopted the motion to move the date for commencement of elections for party structures in North-Western Province starting from October 1st 2017.

Meanwhile the Patriotic Front Party, PF says the decision to expel former Information and Broadcasting Minister, Chishimba Kambwili and his former Copperbelt counterpart, Mwenya Musenge, has been arrived at in an effort to consolidate the party’s unity of purpose.

Party Secretary General, Davies Mwila, says the Central Committee believes that expelling the two was important, because they have many times, attempted to destabilize the party.

Speaking during a press briefing this morning, Mr. Mwila says the ruling party will not tolerate any form of indiscipline.

He says in line with PF internal democracy, Dr. Kambwili and Mr. Musenge were given an opportunity to exculpate themselves over charges levelled against them, but they could not deny all the allegations.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mwila says the party will write to the speaker of the National Assembly on Tuesday to declare the Roan Constituency seat vacant.

He advised Dr. Kambwili to challenge the decision of the central committee in the court of law and that the ruling party is ready for any action the duo will take.

He says if Dr. Kambwili does not want to take the matter to the court of law, he is free to appeal to the General Conference, which will take place in 2020.

He says according to Article 72e on the mended Zambian constitution, Dr. Kambwili can challenge the decision of the central committee in court and if he loses the case then a bye-election will be conducted.

The PF Secretary General further says that the Central Committee adopted the motion to have President Edgar Lungu as the Party’s preferred candidate in 2020.

Meanwhile Dr. Kambwili has cancelled his much publicised press briefing due to security concerns.

Dr. Kambwili posted on his Facebook page that he does not want to put the lives of innocent journalists in danger.

Works on the construction of Sinda Day Secondary School advance

Works on the construction of Sinda Day Secondary School in Sinda district have reached an advanced stage.

Sinda District Commissioner, Paradius Sakala, says the contractor is expected to complete the works by October this year.

He says grades eight and ten classes will be opened next year.

And Mr. Sakala says construction of district administration offices will commence soon.

He says all logistics are in place ahead of the project.

And in a related development, two secondary schools are expected to be built in Kaumbwe Constituency of Petauke District this year.

Kaumbwe Member of Parliament, Listed Tembo, says government has already engaged the Ministry of General Education on the matter.

He says that there is an assurance that the construction of the schools will start before the end of this year.

Mr. Tembo says the two secondary schools will be constructed with assistance from the World Bank.

He says one of the schools will be built in Matonge area while the other will be constructed at Mwanajwanthu headquarters.

About 87 Farmers in Chipangali swindled

About 87 farmers in Chipangali Constituency have been swindled out of about 56,000 Kwacha by a named organisation.

Speaking to Breeze News, some of the affected farmers say that they were promised farming inputs if they pay 400 Kwacha to the organisation.

Nathaniel Zulu and Moses Phiri explained how the organisation held a meeting in their area under the pretext that it wanted to assist vulnerable farmers.

The duo says that a representative of the organisation, who seemed to have valid documents, told farmers to pay a deposit of 200 Kwacha to get the fertilizer but up now nothing has happened.

And some of the workers, who were engaged by the organisation to work in Chipata and Lundazi districts, revealed that they collected over 30,000 Kwacha from farmers but were never paid by the organisation.

Meanwhile Chipangali Ward Councillor Kennedy Shumba says that the suspect was arrested by police.

Mr. Shumba thanked the police for moving quickly to arrest the suspect, who had signed documents from some government officials.

Eastern Province Police Commission, Alex Chilufya could not be reached for comment by News time.