Police have offered a 300,000 Kwacha reward to any person with information that will lead to the apprehension and successful prosecution of criminals cutting or destroying ZESCO pylons.
Police Spokesperson, Esther Katongo has confirmed to Breeze News in a statement.
And Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has warned that all criminal minded people, who have resorted to acts of sabotage will not be spare by police when found wanting.
Mr. Kanganja says that police have intelligence information that some criminals are planning to deliberately cause havoc by destroying or vandalizing vital installations which include bridges, power stations, transmission lines, government buildings and communication facilities.
He has called upon members of the public to be alert and report criminals behind these illegal acts to any nearest police station without delay.
Mr. Kanganja says that police will be mounting snap security check points in which motor vehicles will be stopped randomly and subjected to thorough searches.
He has urged people to cooperate with the law enforcement officers adding that the security peace and stability of the nation is a collective responsibility of all Zambian citizens.
Freedom fighters in Chipata district have condemned the decision by government not to celebrate Heroes Day, which is today and Unity Day which will be tomorrow at district level.
Freedom Fighters Association Chipata district Chairperson, Anderson Agrippa Zulu told Breeze News that freedom fighters are disappointed that the Heroes and Unity days are not being celebrated at the grassroots.
Mr. Zulu says the two days were set aside to be public holidays by the government because they are important days for every Zambian to celebrate their heroes.
Mr. Zulu says not observing Heroes and Unity days at district level is slowly killing the history of the nation because young people will not learn politics of the nation before and after independence.
Mr. Zulu says the days are also important because government remembers people who died for the freedom of the nation and freedom fighters, who are still alive.
Mr. Zulu appealed to government to ensure they start celebrating Heroes and Unity day so that the country’s history is preserved.
And when contacted for a comment, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says the province relies on directive from cabinet office to hold celebrations for public holidays.
Mr. Kasolo says his office did not receive any directive from cabinet office to celebrate the Heroes and Unity days.
The Heroes and Unity days are celebrated in Zambia to reflect and meditate on the dead and living heroes and also to self-guide the nation’s freedom, peace and unity.
The Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EPCCI has urged farmers layering village chickens to take advantage of the increased population of the birds to boost their businesses.
This follows the announcement by the Veterinary Department that the population of village chickens in the province, has increased to about 1.5 million.
EPCCI President, Thomas M’tonga told Breeze News that it is important for farmers to take layering of village chickens as a serious business.
Mr. M’tonga says people layering village chickens must now improve their way of conducting their business, by dressing the chickens and stocking them in supermarkets.
He says doing so will assist them sell more chickens and make more profit.
Mr. M’tonga says village chickens are on demand because of their high nutrition value.