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.