Man kills son over wife’s trousers

A man of Kapata Township in Chipata is on the run after killing his 19 year old son.

Eastern Province Deputy Police Commissioner, Sharon Zulu, has confirmed the incident to journalists on Thursday morning.

Mrs. Zulu says the deceased, Martin Mwale junior, was shot dead by his father, Martin Mwale, yesterday around 21 hours.

She says the victim, who was rushed to Chipata Central Hospital, died around 01:40 hours on Thursday morning.

Mrs. Zulu says the victim sustained a deep cut on his left thigh, and that a green shot gun was recovered from the scene.

She says according to reports, after shooting his son, the suspect told the family members that he will hand himself over to the police.

Mrs. Zulu says the whereabouts of the suspect are not yet known, because he has not handed himself over to the police.

The police deputy commissioner says the reason behind the shooting was that the suspect got annoyed when he found his son wearing the trousers of his wife.

She says the suspect, who was away from home, received information from his wife that his son had worn her trousers.

Mrs. Zulu says in the process of confrontation between the suspect and the victim, the suspect got a gun and shot his son.

Government urged to pay retirees

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR has expressed concern over delay by government to pay retired public service workers.

Provincial Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma says that CSPR has been receiving a number of petitions and complaints from the affected former workers.

In a statement to Breeze News, Mr. Nkhoma states that the Ministry of Education accounts for the most affected retirees followed by the Ministry of Agriculture.

He says that CSPR is concerned that the teachers who retired as way back as 2011 have not been paid, a situation which has turned them into destitute.

Mr. Nkhoma notes that the continued delay by government to pay retirees is a breeding ground for corruption as current civil servants are engaging in corruption to amass wealth before they retire.

He says that this trend of delaying to pay retired workers has created a situation where civil servants are scared of retirement.

Mr. Nkhoma has appealed to the provincial administration to ensure that they intervene by engaging the Ministry of Finance to pay the former workers.

Eastern Water owed over K100,000 in Chadiza district

Customers in Chadiza district owe the Eastern Water and Sewerage Company 195,000 Kwacha in unpaid bills.

Company Manager in Chadiza district, William Moyo, confirmed this during the Epidemic Preparedness Prevention Control Committee Meeting held today.

Mr. Moyo said the company is facing a lot of challenges due to non-settlement of water bills.

He said the company has failed to pay some of its workers, including Water Kiosk Attendants due to none and late payment of water bills by customers.

Mr. Moyo says if the debt can be cleared, the company will be able to extend the water distribution in the district.

Mr. Moyo, has however, appealed to all customers to quickly settle their outstanding bills in order to help the company provide its services according customer’s satisfaction.

Chipata-Tazara railway project hits a snag

The project of linking the Chipata-Mchinji railway line to TAZARA has hit a logistical challenge, which has affected the commencement of the works.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo explains that the contractor for the works, China Civil Engineering, was supposed to have mobilised to the site in May this year but this has not yet happened.

Mr. Kasolo told Breeze News that the main contentious issue about the project is whether it is necessary to have a dry port at Chipata Railway station or not.

He explained that there are two contracts, which need to be sorted out clearly before the works can start.

Mr. Kasolo says that the first project involves a European Union funded project worth 27 million Euros of constructing a by-pass road, from the Great East Road near St. Monica’s Girls Secondary School turnoff to link Chipata-Chadiza road.

The second project involves the extension of the Chipata-Mchinji railway line to TAZARA, which is funded by the Chinese government.

Mr. Kasolo explained that the contract for the by-pass road also includes construction of the dry port at the Railway Station and that this has raised a legal debate, on which contractor is supposed to carry out the works.

 

TBZ told to guide farmers

Tobacco Board of Zambia TBZ has been called upon to guide farmers on the position of the tobacco industry in Eastern Province.

Eastern Fodya Association of Zambia EFAZ Provincial Chairperson Franklin Mwale says TBZ must properly guide farmers, since the board had indicated that merchants are still looking for tobacco to buy following the low production this season.

Mr. Mwale says that it is likely that farmers might grow more tobacco next season following the high demand for the crop this marketing season.

He says that this might however cause problems as merchants might not be able to buy all the tobacco, thereby force government to intervene.

But TBZ Chief Executive Officer Samson Muyembe says that he will not advise farmers to grow more tobacco next farming season.

Mr. Muyembe says that farmers should study the market on their own and compare the performance of other crops like maize and soya beans on the market.

High cases of theft scare teachers

Teachers at Lunyike Primary School in Luangeni Constituency of Chipata district have complained over an increase in theft cases.

Peter Sanga, a teacher at the school told Breeze News that teachers have lost a lot of property due to theft cases, which have become rampant in the area

He says that it is difficult to report these theft cases to police ,because of the long distance from the school to Feni Police Post.

Mr. Sanga complained that this was among the reasons why teachers abandon schools in rural areas.

And Nsingo Ward Councillor Chisoni Miti says that the theft cases have reduced after holding sensitisation meetings with villagers in the area to stop stealing from teachers.

Mr. Miti further explained that the problem of witchcraft, which teachers were complaining about, had reduced.