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.
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.
A hippo is reported to be terrorising some farmers of Naviluli Ward in Chadiza district.
Naviluli Ward Councillor Misheck Mbewe told Breeze News in Chadiza that the animal has destroyed vegetables in people’s gardens along Katiula Stream.
Mr. Mbewe says that the animal is raising fear among people in the area adding that farmers have stopped going to their gardens for fear of being attacked by the animal.
Mr. Mbewe says that the matter has already been reported to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and police but no action has been taken so far.
He says that farmers mostly affected are those from Esaya, Kafulukuta, Kamanga and Phokoto villages.
Mr. Mbewe has appealed to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to quickly intervene in the matter before the community takes their own action.
Police have arrested three foreign nationals in a suspected anti-human trafficking case involving 21 people from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya says that 13 of the 21 are children aged been 2 and 14 while the remaining 8 are juveniles aged between 15 and 19.
Mr. Chilufya says that those arrested are Regina Musonoya aged 30, a Malawian national of Lilongwe, Kiputa Leo aged 43 of Katanga Province in DRC and Benjamin Numi Banza 43, a Congolese of Katanga Province in DRC.
He says that the trio stand charged with Smuggling of Persons.
Mr. Chilufya says that the three were apprehended by Police at Petauke town checkpoint upon discovery that they had with them 13 minor children and 8 juveniles.
Mr. Chilufya says that all of them had conveyed on public transport from Congo DR via the Copperbelt and Lusaka on to Eastern province enroute to Malawi.
He says that the trio have no legal documents either for themselves or the children, enabling them to convey or transport the children across international boundaries nor as legal custodians of the said children.
The Police commissioner says that police are treating the matter as one of suspected human trafficking.
He says that the suspects are in Police custody while the Victims have been placed in secure homes to protect and guarantee their safety and welfare as the investigations are going on.