Gawa Undi wants technical university in Eastern Province

Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi has called on government to construct a technical university in Eastern Province.

He says this will help young people in the province to access university education.

Breeze FM Staffer, Gift Phiri reports that Kalonga Gawa Undi said this through Chewa Heritage Foundation Zambia Chapter chairperson, James Chirwa at this year’s Kulamba Traditional Ceremony at Mkaika in Katete district.

And vice president, Inonge Wina says Kulamba Ceremony is a greatest demonstration of cultural freedom in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

She says this year’s Kulamba Traditional Ceremony theme” Educating a Girl Child, Ending Early Marriages” is in line with government’s resolve to promote access to education to girl children.

Ms Wina noted that traditional ceremonies play an important role in enhancing peace, unity and harmony in the country.

She says this is why government attaches great importance to the preservation of the country’s diverse heritage.

The vice president says traditional leaders play an important role in ensuring effective governance of chiefdoms in their respective areas and should be proactive in engaging government in matters of national interest.

The vice president says government has taken note of Paramount Chief, Kalonga Gawa Undi’s concerns on issues relating to agriculture, specifically on this year’s maize floor price.

She further says government will continue implementing developmental projects such as building roads, dams, schools, hospitals and other economic and social sector infrastructure.

Foreign mine companies accused of reaping off Zambians

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo has accused foreign mine companies of reaping off Zambians.

Mr. Kasolo says that mines in Zambia should be run by Zambians so that the country reaps maximum benefits.

Speaking during a ZESCO Cocktail in Chipata last evening, Mr. Kasolo says that he could not understand why some mine companies are reluctant to pay new electricity tariffs.

He says that copper prices were currently at their highest on the international market.

And Mr. Kasolo urged ZESCO to ensure that it explains properly why it has increased electricity tariffs because the adjustment has been received with mixed feelings.

He stated that the provincial administration is ready to work with ZESCO in ensuring that the power company delivers its services to its customers.

And speaking during the same occasion, ZESCO Director for Distribution Dennis Banda indicated that the power company is improving power supply to attract investment.

Mr. Banda also explained on the lifeline tariff, which is meant to assist low income households.

He implored ZESCO customers to maintain the switch and save policy to conserve power.

More township roads to be tarred

The local authority in Chipata says the council has been requested to submit a list of township roads that will be upgraded to bituminous standard.

Chipata City Council Town Clerk Davies Musenge says, the list will be submitted to the Ministry of Local Government for possible funding, under the 2018 National budget.

He says a distance of about 120 kilometers of township roads has so far been identified, adding that consultations are currently being conducted.

He says most of the township roads including those which are already tarred, have to be upgraded, because defects have developed.

Mr. Musenge says the local authority will however, continue conducting maintain works on some of the roads.