A 76 year old commits suicide after killing wife

A 76 year old man has committed suicide, in Sinda district, a day after murdering his 48 year old wife.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the incident, which was reported by Godfrey Banda of Kwinjiri village in Chief Kawaza’s area.

He says that Mathias Phiri was found hanging from a tree in a field in Kamushapu village after murdering his wife Matale Mwale of the same abode.

Mr. Chilufya says that the incident occurred on Tuesday at unknown time but between 24hours and 07hours.

He says that Police visited the scene and found the body of the deceased still hanging on a tree.

The police commissioner says that the body was inspected and found with a rope on the neck but with no physical injuries.

He says that police advised the relatives to bury and mark the grave.

Kutila Nsembe traditional ceremony of the Nsenga on this weekend

Preparations for this year’s Kutila Nsembe traditional ceremony of the Nsenga people in Petauke district, slated for this Saturday have reached an advanced stage.

The ceremony, whose main aim is to pay homage to the ancestral spirits, is held in Mwanjawanthu Chiefdom.

Chieftainess Mwanjawanthu’s Royal Establishment family spokesperson Ananias Chirwa says all is set for the ceremony which will be held this weekend.

Mr. Chirwa told Breeze News that among the notable people who have already confirmed to be in attendance, include Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, Chief Magodi of the Ngoni people and former Chief Justice Ernest Sakala.

He says the ceremony is important because it unifies the Nsengas and other people from different ethnic groups.

Five nubbed for counterfeit notes

Two men of Chipata district have been arrested for being in possession of one hundred Thousand Kwacha counterfeit notes.

Davison Njobvu of St. Monica’s area and Alexander Lungu, 32, a Businessman of Kalongwezi area, were arrested together with three others from Lusaka.

The others are Mulenga Simukoko, 42, Kamanga Banda, 58 and Alfred Mabeti, 38, all of Chawama Compound in Lusaka.

This is according to a press statement by DEC, Drug Enforcement Commission public relations officer, Theresa Katongo.

In another matter, Ms Katongo says DEC has further arrested a Zambia Army Officer for being in possession of 400 thousand Kwacha counterfeit notes in 100 Kwacha bills.

She says Newton Sondashi, 42, a Staff Sergeant of Ndola District was arrested in Chawama Township in Lusaka, as he was about to transact.

Ms Katongo says the commission has further arrested and jointly charged James Banda, 23, Moses John Mwanza, 23, and his wife Estela Phiri, 25, for trafficking in 45 sachets of heroin.

She says the four were major suppliers of heroin in Lusaka’s Chaisa Compound.

Also arrested separately, is Peter Mwanza popularly known as ‘Junior Marcopolo’ for trafficking in 116 sachets of heroin.

The DEC spokesperson says all suspects will appear in court soon.

Chadiza cooperatives failing to manage financies

Mismanagement of finances among cooperatives in Chadiza district has worried Chadiza Constituency Member of Parliament Salatiel Tembo.

Mr. Tembo says that some board members in most cooperatives in the district have problems in managing the finances in their cooperatives.

He stated that the cooperatives normally finish the money on buying farming inputs without saving any funds in the banks, which can be used for other businesses.

Mr. Tembo says that this has resulted in the cooperatives failing to develop.

He however, appealed to all cooperatives in the district to venture in different businesses in order to sustain their cooperatives and help boost the economy.

Mr Tembo has also welcomed de suggestion by Chadiza

He was speaking during a meeting with primary cooperatives, which was organised by DCU, District Cooperative Union in Chadiza.

Meanwhile Mr. Tembo supported a proposal by the District Cooperative Union to have each cooperative member contribute three gallons of maize to start production and sale of mealie-meal in the district in order to recapitalise all cooperatives in the district.

He said that the project should be done in a transparent manner.

Commission of Inquiry into Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence to sit in Eastern

The Commission of Inquiry into Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence is expected to hold its public sittings in Eastern Province this month.

And chairperson of the commission Justice Munalula Lisimba has appealed to people in the province not to shun the exercise.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, Justice Lisimba says that the commission is on course and on schedule in the execution of its mandate to receive submissions from the people in all the 10 Provinces of the country.

He says that so far, Zambians have responded overwhelmingly to the Commissions’ ongoing public sittings around the country.

Justice Lisimba says that it is un-deniable that the country has over the years, experienced electoral violence in which life and property have been lost.

He notes that it is not yet known who perpetrated the violence, how it happened, where it happened and who the victims were.

Justice Lisimba says that therefore, the public sittings provide an opportunity to every Zambian to be heard.


Illegal developers warned against building on hill slopes

The local authority in Chipata has warned people against putting up illegal structures on hill slopes.

Chipata City Council Town Planner, Edward Zulu, says the council has observed that there is an increase in the number of people putting up illegal structures on hill slopes in the district.

Speaking during The Voice Program on Breeze FM Saturday morning, Mr. Zulu says the local authority will soon take action on illegal developers, especially those building on hill slopes.

He agreed that there are some plots, which have been allocated in hill slopes by the council such as those in Moth extension.

He, however, says developers putting up structures in Magazine and Katopola area are doing so at their own risk, because their structures will be demolished, as the council has not given any permit to developers.

And Chipata City Council Public Relations Officer, Agnes Banda, says people should follow right procedures when putting up structures.

Meanwhile, a resident of Kapata Township, Mathews Kachali, says there is need for the local authority to take action, especially at Katopola hill, because the situation is compromising hygiene.

MMD suspends alliance with PF

The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD in Eastern Province has suspended its working relationship with the ruling PF, Patriotic Front Party with immediate effect.

MMD Provincial Spokesperson Zephaniah Kaleya says that this follows demands by the PF in Eastern Province to have MMD President Felix Mutati removed as finance minister.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Kaleya says that the MMD will no longer work with the PF although it will continue to support President Edgar Lungu until his term expires.

He says that the MMD is disappointed that the PF leadership yesterday presented a petition to the party Secretary General demanding the resignation of Mr. Mutati from his Ministerial position.

Mr. Kaleya says that the allegation by the PF that Mr. Mutati has been on a tour to revamp the MMD with a mission to destabilise the PF in Eastern Province is false.

Mr. Kaleya says that although the MMD is currently carrying out an exercise to revamp the party, Mr. Mutati has not played any active role despite being the party leader.

He has called upon President Edgar Lungu to dissolve the PF Provincial committee, which he has described as a thorn in the flesh.

Some farmers in Mkaika face maize market challenge

Farmers of Philipo village in Mkaika Constituency of Katete district are stuck with their maize because of long distances to maize markets.

Headman Philipo says the reduction of satellite depots by FRA, the Food Reserve Agency, has greatly affected farmers this year.

The headman says farmers are failing to ferry their maize to the markets because they cover a distance of about nine kilometres, adding that transporters have taken advantage of the situation.

He says private buyers have also continued exploiting poor farmers because they are currently buying a five kilogram tin of maize commonly known as meda at three kwacha.

And Vitalis Banda, a farmer in the area says farmers will fail to send their children to school because of challenges in accessing markets.

PS Kasolo tells people to stop abusing the president’s name

Eastern Province permanent secretary, Chanda Kasolo has advised people in the province against dragging President Edgar Lungu’s name in their illegal dealings.

Mr. Kasolo says President Lungu is a clean person, who does not tolerate illegalities.

Mr. Kasolo says President Lungu is not happy with any party members, who are claiming to have his authority to give out land illegally.

Mr. Kasolo described such claims as criminal, emphasizing that the president likes order and supports people, who follow the law.

He was commenting over the selling of land belonging to the defunct Contract Haulage in Referendum area of Chipata district.

The permanent secretary says some of the owners of the land in question are old and it is therefore, unfair to grab their land.

Youth organisation demands full YDF loan recovery

Government has been challenged to take action on beneficiaries of YDF, Youth Development Fund to pay back the loans.

Youth Development Foundation YDF Executive Director, Chinoya Muyeye, says there are reports that a number of youths, who accessed loans under the YDF have not paid back.

Speaking during a YDF media interactive meeting this morning, Mr. Muyeye says the affected youths should commit themselves in paying back the loans to allow others access the loans.

He says it is unfortunate that a number of beneficiaries of the fund have disappeared and that no one is making serious follow ups on the matter.

And Eastern Province Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR Coordinator, Maxson Nkhoma, has observed that poverty levels among young people in rural areas have remained high because of lack of access to empowerment programs.

Mr. Nkhoma says many programs meant to empower young people existed a year before the general election on August 11.

He says many beneficiaries of such empowerment programs are political party cadres, who do not pay back.

Mr. Nkhoma says Eastern Province has a record of a number of youths, who have not paid back the loans because they received the funds on the basis of political patronage.

Meanwhile, Community Development Provincial Coordinator, Trywell Moonga, says government will soon take action on youths, who have not paid back the loans.