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.

Government told to address challenges facing rural schools

Government has been challenged to address challenges rural schools face in Chipata District.

Mchenja Primary School, Parents Teachers Association, PTA member, Mabvuto Ngwenya, says rural schools face a lot of challenges, which need urgent attention by government.

Speaking during The Voice debate program on Breeze FM, Mr. Ngwenya says lack of teacher’s houses and classroom blocks are among the challenges rural schools face.

He says the community has greatly contributed towards projects in the affected schools, but that they lack resources to complete the projects.

During the debate, parents also complained that school authorities chase away pupils for non-payment of school fees.

The parents noted that the free education policy from grade one to seven is just on paper, because pupils have continued being sent away whenever, parents fail to pay.

And Provincial Senior Planning Officer, Mangongwe Tembo, maintained that government is implementing the free education policy.

Mr. Tembo says the charges that pupils pay are agreed by parents themselves during PTA meetings.

He, however, acknowledged that some schools in rural areas face challenges such as shortage of classrooms and teachers’ houses.

Mr. Mangongwe encouraged parents through PTA to initiate projects adding that government through the Ministry of Education always comes on board to assist with other materials.



Local contractors disappoint government

Calls that government should strictly start scrutinizing local contractors for projects implemented in communities have continued.

Sinda District Commissioner Paradius Sakala says people have started losing confidence in local contractors, because they do not work according to their expectation.

Commenting on the progress of construction works of housing units for civil servants in Sinda District, Mr. Sakala says the contractor has taken long to complete the project despite being fully funded.

He says Zambian contractors should ensure quality works are conducted and completed at the right time, if they want government to build their capacity.

Mr. Sakala hopes the contractor, who is currently on site will complete the project before the end of this year.

NRFA intervenes to facilitate road works on Kalindawalo road.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company EWSCO says water pipe line materials worth 130, 000 Kwacha have been purchased to facilitate the redirecting of water pipes on Kalindawalo road in Chipata.

This is to facilitate the tarring works on the road by Sable Construction Company.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director, Lyton Kanowa says that the money has been provided by NRFA, the National Road Fund Agency, which is funding the road project.

Mr. Kanowa says that about 100,000 Kwacha worth of other water pipe materials will be needed to complete the redirecting of the water pipes.

He said this during the tour of the construction site and other roads where there are water pipe leakages.

Mr. Kanowa said that the water utility company is expected to cover a distance of about 700 meters.

Early this week, Mr. Kanowa indicated that the company would only redirect the water pipes if Sable Construction Company meets the full cost.