Police in Chipata have arrested a 42 year old Malawian for being in possession of suspected albino human bones.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, told Breeze News that Blessings Mwale was arrested this morning from Magazine Compound in Chipata, after a tip off from members of the public.
Mr. Chilufya says Mwale was found with two human bones suspected to have been extracted from an albino, which he was trying to sale, with an unknown friend, who has gone back to Malawi.
He says police have taken the bones to medical experts for further tests, while Mwale is in police custody for interrogations and will assist police establish the whereabouts of his friend.
Meanwhile, a 37 year old man of Zingalume area in Lusaka has been arrested for impersonating a police officer.
Mr. Chilufya says Paul Banda was arrested by ZNS, Zambia National Service Officers manning ZESCO Msoro sub-station in Mambwe district on July 6th.
He says police are still investigating Banda, who was found with a police labeled torch teaser gun, paper-treat spray and an American flag.
Diabetic patients in rural areas of Chipata District are complaining over lack of diabetes drugs in health posts.
Malekano Phiri of Twasa village in Ng’ongwe area says diabetic patients find challenges in accessing drugs in health posts.
He says people, who are diabetic, are told to access drugs at Chipata Central Hospital, a situation, which puts their lives at risk.
He says patients have to cover a long distance to go to Chipata Central Hospital for medical checkups and accessing the drugs.
He says government through the Ministry of Health should quickly find ways to help diabetic patients in rural areas.
And when contacted for a comment, Eastern Province Health Director, Abel Kabalo, says diabetic patients are always referred to bigger health institutions for treatment.
Dr. Kabalo says this is because small health institutions do not have the equipment to attend to diabetic patients.
He explained that a diabetic patient has to undergo tests before any medication is prescribed for them.
Government has revealed that some security forces are leaking information to illegal miners, whenever plans are put in place to send police officers to places where illegal mining is taking place.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, further says that government is concerned with the increase in the number of illegal miners in the province.
Speaking during a press briefing in Chipata yesterday, Mr. Kasolo, says the challenge is that some officers in some security wings and prominent people, are involved in the illegal act.
Mr. Kasolo says Chikowa mine in Petauke district alone, has about 5,000 illegal minors exploiting minerals and robing government of its tax, while other illegal miners are in Chief Mwanya in Lundazi district and Vubwi district.
He says no one is above the law and government is working with various security wings to curb illegal mining activities and ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
Mr. Kasolo says the illegal miners are also damaging the environment by cleaning gold with mercury, which is a very harmful product and a threat to people’s lives especially, when it contaminates the water.
Mr. Kasolo added that the illegal miners in Lundazi and Petauke are also destroying the wildlife by killing wild animals when conducting their activities, because the two mines are located in the game management area.
He urged people to follow the right channel by applying for prospecting mining licenses or even partner with foreign investors to conduct mining legally.
The permanent secretary added that a Chinese and Zambian investor have already shown interest in conducting mining in Chief Mwanya in Lundazi and will provide jobs.
The Zambia Police Command says it has noted with great concern the misuse of beacons or sirens by members of the public.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo says that this is inconveniencing motorists and other road users.
In a statement availed to Breeze News, Ms. Katongo says that according to provisions of the Road Traffic Act as well as the Zambian High Way Code, only emergency motor vehicles are allowed to be fitted with beacons.
She says that emergency vehicles include those used by the Police, Ambulances, Fire Tenders, construction vehicles, Abnormal loads, vehicles carrying dangerous goods, the military police and RTSA, the Road Transport and Safety Agency.
Ms. Katongo says that it should further be noted that the colour to be used by the categories mentioned is also regulated by law and that such beacons should not be used on personal motor vehicles.
She has warned that any member of the public disregarding these provisions will be dealt with in accordance with the law.