Second shopping mall opens in Chipata

The second Shopping Mall has officially opened in Chipata City.

And Chipata City Council Mayor, Sinoya Mwale, says government will continue partnering with business entities to invest in the district.

Speaking during the official opening of the second shopping mall this morning, Mr. Mwale says the presence of foreign companies, has greatly contributed to reduction of unemployment levels across the district.

He says government is committed to ensuring that employment and wealth creation are part of the developmental process for the people of Zambia.

Mr. Mwale says the coming of new business players in the district will also empower local producers, manufacturers and small scale farmers.

The event, which attracted a number of people, was characterized by local dances.

Husband kills wife and lover

Police in Lusaka have arrested a 33 years old man for murdering his wife and her alleged boyfriend.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed the incident to Breeze News.

Ms. Katongo says that Peter Siwale, a clearing agent in Nakonde of Muchinga Province also of Lusaka’s Mean wood Phase 2 area, shot dead his wife, Charity Namuko aged 30 together with a man identified as Andrew Chibesa aged 27, whom he suspected to have been having an affair with his wife.

She says that the incident happened yesterday between 18 and 19 hours in Mean wood.

Ms. Katongo explains that the suspect trailed the victims, who are both teachers at a named school in Kaunda Square to some place in Mean wood using a friends’ motor vehicle where he saw them in a romantic state.

She says that Siwale then picked the two and took them to his home where he is alleged to have shot both of them dead in the presence of his children.

Ms. Katongo says that Siwale’s wife sustained a wound on the right shoulder and right side of the chest while the other victim sustained a wound on the left side of the chest.

The suspect later went to the neighbour’s house with the children and requested that he be taken to the police.

The police spokesperson says that a pump action shotgun has been recovered from the scene, with three empty cartridges.

The suspect is detained in Police custody while the bodies of the deceased are in UTH mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

Senior police officer in trouble over Mukula

Police in Eastern Province have launched investigations in a case where an Officer-In-charge for Chadiza District is implicated in a matter where 500 logs of Mukula allegedly went missing.

Eastern Province Police Deputy Commissioner Sharon Zulu confirmed this to journalists yesterday.

Ms. Jere however, indicated that she is not aware if the officer-in-charge has been arrested but that investigations are underway.

She says police officers from Eastern Division are the ones investigation the matter.

According to reports, 500 Mukula logs, which were discovered by police in January this year, went missing, and that suspects, who were appearing in court had to be discharged.

Meanwhile in another development, the Deputy Police Commissioner says that a man was found dead in a maize field in Katopola farms in Chipata District.

She says that the unidentified man, who is between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, was found around 09 hours on Wednesday.

She says stones were found on the scene, where the victim was found, and that he had some bruises on his head.

Mrs. Zulu says the body was deposited in Chipata Central Hospital Mortuary waiting for identification by his relatives.

She says that police have launched an investigation in the suspected murder case.

Water challenge hits Lumezi Constituency

A serious challenge of safe drinking water has hit most parts of Lumezi Constituency in Lundazi district.

This has forced area Member of Parliament Pilila Mwanza Jere to team up with other MPs for Lundazi and Chasefu to address the problem, which has also affected their constituencies.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mrs. Jere says that the three MPs have also agreed with Lundazi District Council to drill as many boreholes as possible to alleviate the situation.

She says that almost all the streams in Lumezi Constituency have dried up, forcing people to walk more than 5 kilometers in order to access water.

The former provincial education officer says that this has affected girls and boys from attending school as they have to stay home to assist their parents draw water.

She says that the challenge of water needs to be addressed quickly to avoid a situation where pupils miss out on lessons, which will eventually affect their academic performance.