East PF unhappy with MPs and ministers

Patriotic Front PF Eastern Province Publicity and Information Secretary Bright Chihana say most ministers and Members of parliament are rubberstamps who have failed to perform.

Mr. Chihana says that many MPs and Ministers are not visiting their constituencies to deliver what they promised the people during campaigns.

He charged that it is embarrassing and unexpected that some Ministers and Members of Parliament are not working according to the people’s expectations.

He says that some Ministers are purely occupying offices to feed their stomach than giving service to the public who voted for them.

Mr. Chihana revealed that the ruling PF in the region is getting bad feedback from stakeholders and members of the public that some Members of parliament and Ministers have failed to deliver development.

He explained that when President Edgar Lungu appointed Ministers into office, he was giving them an opportunity to visit the people and hear their challenges.

Mr. Chihana explained that even opposition political MPs were equally in the same position, where they are failing to represent the people in their areas.

Breeze FM goes digital

Breeze FM radio station has today migrated from analogy to digital transmission.

The digital transmission starts barely two weeks after Breeze FM moved from Plot 866 Parirenyatwa Road to Plot 21/22 Parirenyatwa road opposite Wildlife Club.

The radio station procured state of the art equipment to ensure that it deliverers the best to its listeners and customers.

The radio station has now been operating for more than 15 years after starting its operations on October 5th, 2002.

With digital transmission, your number one radio station promises to continue meeting your needs in the world of broadcasting.

Chief Mpezeni says 2016 voting pattern was balanced

Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people in Chipata says the voting pattern in last year’s general election in his area was well balanced.

In an interview with Journalists at his palace, shortly after the commission of inquiry paid a courtesy call on him this morning, the Paramount Chief says tribalism, commonly known as wako ni wako does not exist in his chiefdom.

He says people are free to make decisions of their choice when choosing leaders.

The traditional leader says there is need for candidates who lost elections, to accept defeat and move ahead.

The Commission of Inquiry into the voting patterns and electoral violence are in Eastern Province receiving petitions from people.

Fuel hike sparks complaints

Concerns have continued over government’s decision to increase the pump prices of fuel.

Chipata District Farmers Association CDFA says that the increase in the pump prices is likely to push up the prices of farming inputs.

Coordinator Virgil Malambo says that the price increase in unjustifiable.

Mr. Malambo further notes that the upward adjustment in fuel prices will lead to an increase in poverty levels among rural communities.

Government through ERB, the Energy Regulation Board yesterday increased the prices of all petroleum products effective last midnight.

ERB vice chairperson Ngande Mwanajiti said that the price of petrol has increased from 11 Kwacha 67 Ngwee to 12 Kwacha 97 Ngwee per litre while the price of diesel has increased from 9 Kwacha 87 Ngwee to 11 Kwacha 9 Ngwee.

Mr. Mwanajiti also said the pump price of paraffin has increased from 6 Kwacha 50 Ngwee to 7 Kwacha 82 Ngwee while the low sulphur gas is now pegged at 13 Kwacha 38 Ngwee from 12 Kwacha 16 Ngwee.

PF defends Chipata Central MP

Patriotic Front PF Party members in Chipata Central Constituency have dismissed a statement by CSPR, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction that Chipata Central Member of Parliament Moses Mawere has abandoned the constituency.

PF Chipata Central Constituency, Information and Publicity Secretary Rabson Musendo and Constituency Youth Chairman Muhalakwa Kawana have described the statement as misleading.

They say that Mr. Mwere is among the leaders who have demonstrated development, stating that he has drilled boreholes, donated computers to schools and media houses and rehabilitated bridges in the constituency.

The duo says Mr. Mawere has been visiting his constituency several times from the time he was voted MP on August 11 last year.

On the issue of Youth Empowerment Fund, the duo says Mr. Mawere is ensuring that 250 youths benefit in Chipata Central Constituency.

They added that the MP has so far lobbied for funds to assist all streets kids in Chipata Central Constituency to enable them go back to school.

And PF Chipata Central Constituency Secretary Patrick Kalema says CSPR Provincial Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma should come out in the open and announce to the public that he is supporting an opposition political party and that he is also interested to contest as Member of Parliament.

Mr. Kalema says Mr. Nkhoma should not hide in the name of his organization, but tell the people what his agenda is, and stop criticizing leaders who are working hard in developing their constituencies

Eastern Water recovers K38,000 from customers

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company has so far collected 38,000 Kwacha after engaging bailiffs to recover unsettled water bills amounting to 10.5 million Kwacha.

Company Commercial Manager Mukela Simbuwa says that the money was recovered from 57 out of 80 customers that have so far been visited by bailiffs.

Mr. Simbuwa says that the company has a list of about 5,000 customers, who make up the 10.5 million Kwacha debt.

He says that no debtor is being treated special by bailiffs unless those who have engaged the company to work out a debt repayment plan.

And company Public Relations Officer Christabel Malama says that water theft continues to be a problem the company is battling with although it is not at a large scale.

Ms. Malama says that the company has introduced a new facility where those who report illegal water connections will be given a reward of 500 or 1000 Kwacha.

She further indicated that the water utility is introducing a number of systems, which clients will be using to pay their bills instead of standing in queues.



One year child drowns

A one year two months old child has drowned in a well in Ibex Compound of Katete district.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the unfortunate incident to Breeze News this morning.

Mr. Chilufya says the father to the child, Samuel Banda aged 28 reported to police that his son Samuel Banda junior drowned in a well at his neighbour’s house.

The Police Commissioner has strongly appealed to members of the public in all communities to ensure that open water wells are properly secured and covered to safeguard against incidents of drowning.

Mr. Chilufya says that this is a safety issue which all households and community leaders ought to reinforce to protect the lives of vulnerable children, the elderly and the less fortunate members of the community.

Government to complete all running projects

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kennedy Malama says government is committed to ensuring that all running projects are completed on time before embarking on new ones.

He says that government will also ensure fair distribution of hospital services because this is essential in an effectively functioning health delivery system.

Dr Malama said this after inspecting infrastructure projects and health services which included maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and Eye Hospital in Chipata.

The Permanent Secretary further inspected service provision at Chikoma Zonal Health Centre in Vubwi district.

Dr Malama, who is accompanied by Ministry of Health Director of Clinical Care and Diagnostic Services Dr Mzaza Nthele, is in Eastern Province checking on infrastructure projects  and provision of health services.

The Permanent Secretary inspected Chipata and Vubwi district hospitals that are being constructed at the cost of 10 million Kwacha and 13 million Kwacha respectively.

He inspected the prefabricated Antiretro Viral Treatment centre at Chipata Central Hospital and maternity wing at Mwami Adventist Hospital where he commended the role the church has continued to play in supplementing government’s effort in the provision of health care services to the people.

Dr Malama says the focus is being placed on ensuring that hospitals have all the necessary competencies and making certain that they operate according to their level.

Dr Malama says that government will strengthen and expand clinical disciplines at all levels of hospital care and enhance the efficiency of patient care at all points.

Over one million children trapped in child labour

Child labour still remains a challenge in society, as over one million children in Zambia are trapped in the problem.

Speaking when officiating at a two days training for the District Child Labour Committee, Chipata District Administrative Officer, Kapembwa Sikazwe, says majority of the children are working in the agricultural sector, which is the main economic activity for the province.

Mr. Sikazwe says the numbers are worrying because the district may be accounting for a bigger percentage of the children involved in child labour.

Mr. Sikazwe also noted that because Chipata district is near the borders with two countries, children in the district at a higher risk of being trafficked.

However, he says that government has made efforts in the fight against child labour.

He says government has enacted laws aimed at curbing the vice.

Mr. Sikazwe says government is happy that the District Child Labour Committee has continued itself to source for funds towards the fight against child labour.

The main aim of the training is to strengthen the capacity of the District Child Labour Committee in dealing with the problem of Child labour in the district.

MP Makebi accused of neglecting parts of his constituency

Villagers of Kasamanda in Chief Msoro’s area in Mambwe district have complained over the poor state of roads.

The villagers have told Breeze News that roads especially those linking the area to Katete district have not been worked on for over 20 years.

One of the villagers, Bornface Simushi says that Malambo Member of Parliament, Makebi Zulu promised during the late Chief Msoro’s burial that the Msoro-Katete road would be rehabilitated in June this year but nothing has been done up to now.

Mr. Simushi says that the villagers feel disappointed that nothing has been done especially that the law maker, who is also provincial minister got more votes from the area, for him to win the August 11 parliamentary election.

He claimed that Mr. Zulu has not visited the area from the time he was voted MP for Malambo constituency.

And when contacted Mr. Zulu indicated that he would be visiting Kasamanda this weekend.

Mr. Zulu invited the media to accompany him so that they can appreciate the situation on the ground.