Police in Petauke district have apprehended a male nurse of Nyimba District Hospital for being found in possession of 19 thousand, four hundred kwacha counterfeit notes.
Provincial Deputy Police Commissioner, Sharon Zulu says Dickson Mwale aged 26 of Botha village in Chief Kapichila’s area of Lundazi District was apprehended on Saturday.
Mrs. Zulu says the counterfeit money is in 100 kwacha notes.
The deputy police commissioner says the suspect is in custody in Petauke while his colleagues are alleged to have gone into Mozambique to buy maize using the same counterfeit notes.
Meanwhile Police in Lundazi District have arrested a 26 year old married woman for illegal abortion and a 54 year old woman for leading her to abort.
ZANIS reports that Eastern Province Deputy Police Commissioner, Sharon Zulu confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview over the weekend.
Mrs. Zulu named the suspects as Suzen Gondwe of Kakolo village and Roster Mwanza of Mphungu village, both of Senior Chief Mwase in Lundazi district.
The incident happened between 15th and 16th July, 2017, when Gondwe is alleged to have been given herbal medicine by Mwanza with instruction to terminate her five months old pregnancy.
Mrs. Zulu further said that Gondwe narrated that when she followed the directive, she later bled profusely, thereby terminating her pregnancy.
The suspects were then arrested after Gondwe’s husband Lyson Kamanga 54 of the same village reported the matter to the police.
Mrs. Zulu says that Gondwe will appear in court to answer charges of infanticide after she recovers at Lundazi District hospital where she is admitted.
Her accomplice, who is in police custody, will also appear in court to answer to the same charge.
The Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EPCCI, has called on the Agro Cooperative Union, ACU to help farmers market their maize in East Africa.
EPCCI President, Thomas Mtonga, says ACU should find measures, which can help farmers find maize market in the sub region, in order for farmers to sale their crop at a better price.
Mr. Mtonga said this following the reduction in the buying price of maize by the FRA, Food Reserve Agency, which is now at 60 kwacha per 50 kilogram bag, from last year’s price of 85 kwacha.
He says the only way small scale farmers can benefit from their crop is by selling their produce in the sub region such as Kenya, where the price of maize is high.
Mr. Mtonga says farmers should not only rely on FRA, when there is more demand for maize in other countries.
He says this year’s maize price does not match farmers’ expenditure on onputs.
Mr. Mtonga says farmers should also understand that there is low demand for maize on the market, due to the bumper harvest experienced in the 2016-2017 farming season, adding that they should not expect the maize prices to rise.
Medium and Small scale contractors have complained of unfair biding processes of contracts under the Ministry of Local Government.
Speaking to Breeze News, Vice President for National Association and Small Scale Contractors, Rose Samboko says the ministry is sidelining contractors from Eastern Province.
Mrs. Samboko says that the ministry recently advertised contracts in Eastern Province without informing contactors in the region.
She says that the Eastern based contractors were shocked that only contractors based in Lusaka visited the province for project site visits.
Mrs. Samboko, who is also provincial chairperson, appealed to the Ministry of Local Government to re-advertise the contracts to promote transparency.
She charged that it is not fair for the ministry to have conducted the bidding process in secrecy when contractors in Eastern Province also need to be empowered.
And Provincial Local Government Officer, Alex Bwalya referred queries to the Department of Housing and Infrastructure Development DHID, who could not be reached for comment by broadcast time.