Theft of motor bikes on the increase in Eastern Province

Police in Eastern Province have observed that there is an increase in cases of theft of motor bikes.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, says that police are concerned over the development, because theft of motorbikes is increasing in all the districts.

Mr. Chilufya says Zambians are conniving with Malawians to steal motor bikes and remove engines, which they later sell in the neighbouring country.

He says that the motorbike engines are being sold to fishermen in Malawi, where they use them on boats.

Mr. Chilufya says that police in the province are working together with their colleagues from Malawi in order to bring to book the culprits.

Meanwhile ZANIS reports that Mr. Chilufya says police are investigating a theft case at Mount Meru Filling Station in Chipata district.

Mr. Chilufya could, however neither disclose the total sum of money that was stolen nor details on the matter, as police from the Criminal Investigations Department, CID, are still investigating the matter.

He says that details on the matter will be given once investigations are completed.

Man jailed 5 years for four pieces ivory

The Chipata Magistrate Court has sentenced a 34 year old man of Chinula village in Chief Chanje’s area to five years imprisonment with hard labour, on one count of being in possession of four pieces of ivory, weighing 43 kilograms.

Facts before the court are that James Mbewe aged 34 and Gilbert Banda aged 33 years, on September 6th 2017, were found with four pieces of prescribed trophy, Ivory without the certificate of ownership, issued by the director of Department of National Parks and Wildlife, as required by the law.

James Mbewe admitted the charge while Gilbert Banda denied.

The two were apprehended by officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, in Mgubudu area.

In mitigation, Mbewe asked the court to exercise leniency as he is taking care of orphans.

Resident Magistrate Boniface Mwala said the court had heard his mitigation and that he is a first offender who readily admitted the charge.

He however, said the offence that the convict committed is serious.

He then sentenced him to five years with effect from his arrest and advised him to appeal to the high court within 14 days if he is not satisfied with the court’s ruling.

And Magistrate Mwala has set October 2nd 2017, as date for commencement of trial in the case of Gilbert Banda who denied the charge.

Eastern Water goes for bailiffs to recover K 9 billion debt

Over 5,600 customers who owe Eastern Water and Sewerage Company have been given seven days, in which to settle their bills or face bailiffs.

This is in a bid to recover about 9.6 million Kwacha owed to the company in unsettled bills.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company, Public Relations Officer Christabel Malama, says the affected customers are those who owe the company more than two months bills.

She says court bailiffs will start collecting property that will be equivalent to what customers owe, for those who will fail to pay the water bills within seven days.

She says the company has decided to use court bailiffs because there are some customers who have not been paying for more than six months.

And company managing director, Lytone Kanowa says that the company is owed about 9.6 million Kwacha and about half of the amount is owed by government departments while the rest is owed by commercial and domestic clients.

Government focusing on improving employment prospects for Zambians.

Government is supporting the growth of a diversified and resilient economy to increase revenue and improve employment prospects for its citizens.

Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development, Acting Permanent Secretary Gideon Ndalama further says that the country is diversifying from copper mining to the development of other minerals.

Mr. Ndalama said this in Chipata at the official launch of a four day Training of Trainers workshop on business management, entrepreneurial skills, and market analysis and investment promotion in development of minerals.

The acting Permanent Secretary further said that the development of minerals is a deliberate target for the government diversification agenda considering that there are abundant resources found in all provinces of the country and can be used in the construction, agriculture, and manufacturing industries.

Mr Ndalama stated that to unlock the potential of the development minerals sector, government has partnered with UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme to implement development minerals programme to build the profile and improve management of development minerals.

Mr. Ndalama further said the country has the potential to stimulate economic activities and generate more local jobs, with a greater impact on poverty reduction.

Mr. Ndalama said that Zambia like other African countries needs to invest in skills to improve the mining sector’s performance.