The Zambia Police Service has increased the amount of reward towards the arrest of criminals behind torching of ZESCO pylons from 300, 000 to 500, 000 Kwacha.
Police Spokesperson, Esther Katongo says that the reward also includes apprehension and successful prosecution of criminals behind other spate of fires that have rocked the country.
Ms. Katongo says that any person with information should report to any nearest police station.
Meanwhile Ms. Katongo says that going by the council’s allocated shops, 1,901 stores were burnt in the fire that occurred at Lusaka’s City Market yesterday.
She says that some of the shops were sub divided by owners of the shops meaning that there are more people affected than the given number of shops.
Ms. Katongo says that police are still quantifying the total value of property damaged in the fire.
She says that all the affected shops were on the southern part of the market.
Eastern Province recorded 22 Road Traffic Accidents during the long weekend.
Police Division Criminal Investigative Officer, Patson Mukomongo, told Breeze News that the province also recorded 14 breaking in crimes and six burglary and theft cases during the long weekend.
Mr. Mukomongo explained that among the 22 accidents, one was fatal, four are serious injuries, five slight injuries and 12 minor injuries.
Mr. Mukomongo says a man, Bernard Chisenga, aged 34 died in an accident, which occurred along M’soro road near St. Luke’s Secondary School in Mambwe district.
He says the accident happened on July 3rd, 2017 when a Toyota Corolla, driven by Limata Mushe Kabalika aged 26 of Mwami Mission Hospital lost control and overturned.
He said no arrest has been made, because the driver is still admitted in the hospital.
And Mr. Mukomongo says Isaac Lungu aged 40 of Katonda farms in Petauke district was beaten to death by Matambo Zulu aged 40 of the same area, who is on the run and police have instituted investigations into the matter.
Mr. Mukomongo says police have continued with their everyday patrols to ensure that members of the public are safe.
He urged people to be reporting any criminal activities happening in their areas so that suspects are arrested.
Some school administrators have continued to ignore the directive not to send away pupils, who delay to pay user fees.
The administrators are using PTA, Parents Teachers Associations to enforce the system of sending away pupils, who have not yet paid.
Speaking to Breeze News, some parents, whose pupils have been affected, wondered why their children are being sent away.
Elija Banda and Moffart Zulu complained that they were not in the position to pay the fees until after selling their farm produce.
The parents availed to Breeze News, a note from Anoya Zulu Boys Secondary School, dated 29 July, 2017, which has asked the pupils to pay the fees by today.
The note signed by PTA Chairperson, Gideon Banda states that this is per agreement during the last PTA general meeting by the parents.
However, some parents note that some agreements are pushed through by those parents, who are financially stable, without considering those with various challenges.
Last week, Provincial Education Officer, Dr. Allan Lingambe directed school administrators not to send away pupils, who delay to pay user fees.
The number of exhibitors at this year’s Eastern Province Agriculture and Commercial show reduced to 75 from last year’s 89.
The Eastern 41st Agriculture and Commercial show, which ended on Sunday, saw 30 industrial exhibitors, 18 co-operatives and 27 industrial farms exhibiting.
And the number of show goers also reduced to 2,282 this year from last year’s 4, 080.
Eastern Province Show Society Organizing Committee Chairperson, Thomas M’tonga, attributed the reduction on the number of exhibitors and show goers to poor infrastructure, sanitation and lack of good entertainment.
Mr. M’tonga told Breeze News that the current infrastructure at the Chipata show ground is not of good standard to attract more business people to exhibit.
Mr. M’tonga added that entertainment was not well organized because only local artists were performing.
He says there is need to improve the infrastructure at the show ground and entertainment.