MMD calls for investigations of delayed e-voucher system

The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD has called for investigations into what it has described as poor handling of the e-voucher system.

MMD National Chairperson for Agriculture Chishala Chilufya says that it is unacceptable for farmers to be struggling to get inputs in December.

Mr. Chilufya says that according to the agriculture calendar, anyone planting maize seed, can only plant early maturing seed, which cannot produce more than 60 bags per hector.

He says that President Edgar Lungu needs to investigate the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture to establish who is failing in their duties.

Mr. Chilufya charged that officers, who are failing to perform their duties, should be dismissed.

Township road works in Chipata stall

Tarring works of township roads in Chipata have stalled due to lack of funds.

Sable Construction Company Managing Director, Nazir Aloo has confirmed the development to Breeze News.

Mr. Aloo says that works on Kalindawalo, East Rise and Katopola-Chizongwe roads have all been suspended.

He says that there is nothing the company can do to continue with the works if funds are not available.

Mr. Aloo says that government has indicated that it will only be able to release money for the road works next year.

Last week Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo threatened to cancel the contract for Sable Construction Company to tar the Kalindawalo road in Chipata District.

Mr. Kasolo said the road has been done for the third time now because construction works which were undertaken were not fully completed.

He said every time the contractor was approached, he showed seriousness by bringing a lot of machinery on site but later abandoned the works.

Mr. Kasolo wondered how the contractor was given contracts all over the country when he had not completed most contracts in the area.

Eastern requests chemicals to fight army worms

Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu, says the province has requested for ten thousand liters of insecticides from government to help eradicate army worms in affected fields.

Mr. Zulu told Breeze News that the issue of army worms is a concern to government.

He says the province through the Ministry of Agriculture, has already sent the proposal and that they are expecting the chemicals to be sent to the province by next week.

Mr. Zulu has, however, encouraged farmers to use their electronic voucher cards to buy pesticides that will help eradicate army worms, instead of waiting for government to provide for them.

He says government may delay to procure the chemicals as the procurement may not have been properly budgeted for.