A 29 year old mother burns daughter with paraffin

Police in Lusaka have arrested a 29 year old woman of Old Kanyama Compound for allegedly setting on fire her 12 year old biological daughter using paraffin.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed the incident to Breeze News and identified the woman as Prudence Phiri.

Ms. Katongo says that the suspect was apprehended by concerned members of the public, who later surrendered her to police.

She says that the incident happened yesterday at about 17 hours in Old Kanyama Compound.

Ms. Katongo says that the victim sustained multiple burns on the body and was rushed to Kanyama Hospital for medical attention while the suspect is detained in police custody.

She says that police are still waiting for a medical report before they can charge Prudence.

PF senior official ditches the ruling party

Patriotic Front PF Party Provincial Chairperson for Elections, Samuel Lugomo Phiri has ditched the ruling party for MMD, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Phiri said that he was merely appointed to the position of PF Provincial Chairperson for Elections and never left the MMD.

Mr. Phiri indicated that he was going back to MMD as a mere member after having saved as provincial secretary before he left.

And MMD Vice President, Ruben Mtolo Phiri also confirmed Mr. Lugomo Phiri’s decision to re-join the former ruling party.

Mr. Phiri says that former MMD Provincial Vice Chairlady. Suzen Ngoma, who had also left to join PF, has also re-joined the MMD.

Government obtains a loan to build colleges

Government through the Ministry of Education will soon commence the construction of three colleges in Katete, Kabompo and Nalolo districts.

Ministry of General Education, Project Implementation Unit Director, Joseph Nthele says government has acquired a loan from Badea, a Sudan based organization to construct the three colleges.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call at the Permanent Secretary’s Office this morning, Mr. Nthele says the total amount of the loan for all the three colleges is 24 million US dollars.

He says the figure of the money might be increased because OPEC and Saudi Arabia have come on board to partner ahead of the project.

Mr. Nthele says a team of consultants will soon be on the ground to do the environmental assessment impact, before engaging the contractor.

And the Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says the long awaited construction of the college in the province will now be a reality.

Mr. Kasolo says people in the province have been complaining of lagging behind in development.

He adds that this will be an achievement, as it will improve the education levels among young people in the province.

And Provincial Education Officer Allan Lingambe says the development will help students who have been failing to access higher education, because of long distances to Lusaka and other parts of the country.

Government schools accused of offering tuitions at a fee

The Ministry of Education in Eastern Province has refuted reports that government schools in Petauke district are offering holiday tuitions at a fee.

Provincial Education Officer Allan Lingambe says the standing directive from the Ministry of Education is that schools that are offering holiday tuitions to pupils should not demand fees from the leaners.

Dr. Lingambe was reacting to complaints from parents and guardians in Petauke, that teachers at Petauke Boarding Secondary School and Petauke Day Secondary School are offering holiday tuition to pupils at a fee.

He says Petauke Boarding Secondary School officially wrote requesting to offer holiday tuition to pupils without any cost.

Dr. Lingambe however, says his office will make a follow up on the matter.

Government to arrest Chief Kambwili

Government has warned that people, who reportedly carried out an installation ceremony of a man calling himself Chief Kambwili in Chief Mwanya’s area of Lundazi district, risks being arrested.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, says he is fully aware that someone has been masquerading as Chief Kambwili and reports indicate that he was officially installed a few days ago.

Mr. Kasolo says the man, who was reportedly installed as chief Kambwili, travelled to the area for the ceremony, with another existing chief from Muchinga Province.

He says that there is no such a chief by the name of Kambwili and that the said chief from Muchinga province would also be arrested for supporting an illegality.

The permanent secretary says security officials were sent to the area and he is currently waiting for a report.

Mr. Kasolo says government will correctly apply laws regarding chiefdoms and existing traditional boundaries in accordance with the constitution.

He emphasized that according to the Zambian constitution, government is no longer creating new chiefdoms.

Mr. Kasolo’s comment follows reports that an installation ceremony was conducted in Chief Mwanya’s area, where a man was installed as Chief Kambwili.