Civil servants told to report acts of terrorism

Civil servants in Eastern Province have been urged to be reporting any suspicious acts of terrorism to relevant authorities so that people intending to disturb the developments of the nation are defeated.

Southern Province Permanent Secretary, Sibenza Simuchoba says the country has of late experienced a number of activities aimed at disturbing the developments of the nation, which are gaining momentum.

Mr. Simuchoba says it is the duty of civil servants to be vigilant and put their efforts together to report any acts of suspected terrorism for development to be achieved.

Mr. Simuchoba was speaking on behalf of Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo when he addressed civil servants at the Eastern Province Development Coordinating Committee meeting in Chipata this morning.

Mr. Simuchoba says Eastern Province has benefitted from a number of developmental projects being undertaken countrywide which must be protected with concerted efforts from civil servants and various stake holders.

And Mr. Simuchoba called for concerted efforts from stakeholders in the province in implementing the 7th National Development Plan that was recently launched by President Edgar Lungu.

He says the 7th National Development Plan is an important milestone towards attaining the vision 2030 of becoming a prosperous middle income nation and requires stronger linkages with various departments in planning and implementing it.

Mr. Simuchoba is in Eastern Province on a familiarization tour with other senior government officials from Southern Province.

Lack of electricity affects ICT subject in some schools

Pupils in Ng’ongwe ward of Kasenengwa Constituency in Chipata District are failing to learn ICT, Information Communication Technology subject due to lack of electricity.

Headman Kawaluti, Kawaluti Zulu says pupils are failing to learn ICT, because of lack of electricity in many schools of the constituency.

Mr. Zulu cited Kasenengwa Primary school, where he says parents and guardians are failing to make contributions for the operation of the generator, a situation which is affecting pupils’ performance in ICT.

Mr. Zulu said this when Chipata Mayor, Sinoya Mwale held a developmental meeting in the area.

And when contacted for a comment, Provincial Education Officer Allan Lingambe says the affected schools will only be learning theory for computer studies and will not be registered to write final exams for ICT.

Dr. Lingambe says the Ministry of Education has further engaged the office of the Permanent Secretary in the province, so that schools that are not electrified are connected to the national grid under REA, the Rural Electrification Authority.

He further says a list of all the affected schools has been submitted to the Permanent Secretary’s office.

About 55 million Euros needed for expansion of water supply

About 55 million Euros would be needed to enable Eastern Water and Sewerage Company supply water to newly established residential areas in Chipata.

And over 150 million Euros would further be needed for the company to install sanitation services in newly established residential areas in Chipata.

Company Managing Director, Lyton Kanowa says that the company currently has a capacity to supply water to only 10,000 customers in the provincial capital.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Kanowa stated that this means that about 6,000 households in new areas have not been connected to the company’s network.

He says that the limitation in connections means that the water company is only able to cover 60 per cent of the water demand in Chipata.

Mr. Kanowa however, says that his company is not sitting idle as it has asked government to assist with resources, which would enable expansion of the existing infrastructure.

He was responding to concerns from residents in newly established residential areas like East Rise, where people are now forced to drill boreholes because of the company’s failure to supply water.

Burning of City Market was sabotage

President Edgar Lungu has confirmed that the burning of City Market in Lusaka which occurred on Tuesday this week was an act of Sabotage.

Responding to questions from journalists during a Press Briefing at State House yesterday, President Lungu says according to a report by ZESCO, the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, there was no electrical fault that could have caused the fire.

President Lungu says this is a clear indication that the fire at City Market was started by some individuals trying to frustrate the operations of government.

He added that it is a well-known fact that some opposition political party is creating some act of terrorism so that he should revisit the 2016 general election results and agree to a government of national unity.

President Lungu says it is for this reason that he decided to use his powers to invoke article 31 of the constitution of Zambia, which may allow the declaration of a state of emergency after being debated by the national assembly in order to maintain law and order in the country.

The head of state says he will not listen to the calls by some opposition political parties or social media reports for him to revisit the 2016 presidential election outcome, because it is clear that the Patriotic Front, PF Party won the election.

President Lungu says he is hopeful that Members of Parliament will be mindful of the history of the fire outbreaks and terrorism acts in Zambia when debating the invoking of article 31 in parliament to determine how it will be implemented.