Chipata City Council has reversed its decision to increase the loading fees for the big buses from 150 to 250 kwacha.
This follows a resolution made during a meeting held in the council chamber yesterday, between the council and bus operators.
Council Public Relations Officer Agnes Banda says when the council made an increment of 100 percent in 2015, there was an agreement signed with the bus operators, requesting the council to improve its services at Kapata Bus station.
She told Breeze News that, the council was requested to rehabilitate the toilets at the bus station, open a second exit gate and close illegal bus stations so that all the customers, board from Kapata bus station.
She says bus operators further requested the council to increase the number of workers at the bus station.
Ms. Banda says out of all the issues indicated in the document, the council has not fulfilled any.
She says the operators argued that it is not fair for the council to increase the fees before implementing what is contained in the signed agreement.
The bus operators are demanding that the council should first meet about 75 percent of the agreement made in 2015 for them to agree to the new fees.
Twenty people died across the country from road traffic accidents during the New Year holiday.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katonga says that this is from 212 accidents recoded by police from 29 December 2017 to 2nd January 2018.
In a statement availed to Breeze News, Ms. Katongo says that 16 of these accidents were fatal in which the 20 deaths were recorded while 33 were serious in which 68 were seriously injured.
She further says that 50 were classified as slight road traffic accidents in which 96 persons sustained minor injuries.
And Ms. Katongo says that the country has recorded a reduction in the number of road accidents compared to the same period last year.
She says that last year, the country recorded 237 road traffic accidents out of which 17 were fatal in which 17 persons died, indicating a decrease in recorded road traffic accidents by 25 per cent.
The police spokesperson says that Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of accidents with 83 and two deaths, Copperbelt had 31 accidents with two deaths, and Central Province had 18 accidents with two deaths while Northern Province and Kenneth Kaunda International Airports recorded six and three road traffic accidents respectively.
One person has died from suspected cholera in Lundazi district.
Acting Provincial Medical Director, Jairos Mulambya has confirmed the development to Breeze News.
Dr. Mulambya says that one other person has been admitted to ZASP clinic and his condition has been described as out of danger.
He says that the duo developed diarrhoea and decided to seek treatment from a traditional healer but unfortunately one of them died from the disease.
Dr. Mulambya says that samples were collected and sent to Chipata Central Hospital where they are being analysed to confirm if it is cholera.
He says that a team of medical personnel has been dispatched to get the situation on the ground.
Dr. Mulambya further says that an examination was conducted on a person who travelled to Lundazi from Lusaka but he was negative.
Cholera has broken out in different parts of Lusaka and has so far claimed more than 15 lives.
Chipata Central Hospital has recorded three New Year babies by 10:51 hours this morning.
Chipata Central Hospital Senior Medical Superintendent Mbinga Mbinga says the health facility recorded two baby girls and one baby boy by 10:51 hours.
Dr. Mbinga says the first baby weighing 3.2 kg was born at 01:46 hours, the second baby weighing 3.8 kg was born at 05:05 hours while the third male baby weighing 3.4 kg was born around 10:36 hours, through caesarean.
Speaking before Chipata City Council Deputy Mayor Grace Phiri and Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu presented the baby humpers to the deserving mothers, Dr. Mbinga says the health facility is impressed with the gesture.
And Provincial Administrative Officer Royd Tembo, who represented the provincial minister, urged the mothers to take good care of the babies as they are the future leaders of the country.
Meanwhile, Chipata City Council Deputy Mayor Grace Phiri says government thought it was important to give to the mothers.
By broadcast time, about two expectant mothers were still in labour.
Caritas Chipata says government in 2017 has performed fairy well in other sectors of the economy in Eastern Province.
Caritas Good Governance Programs Coordinator, John Mthadziko Zulu says the social sectors of the economy such as the Social Cash Transfer Scheme, which was rolled out to many districts, improved the living standard of people.
He says this is a right direction towards poverty reduction as many people benefited from the program
In the health sector, Mr. Zulu says there is an improvement in the service provisions.
He says the Ministry of Health has done its level best in deploying more health practitioners in health institutions, despite having a challenge of health workers in rural hospitals.
Mr. Zulu says in the infrastructure sector, government has constructed more hospitals, schools and roads, such as the Great East Road.
He says government has further developed towns through the construction of township roads in most of the districts including Chama.
He says this is a positive move but wondered why government has continued giving contracts to Sable Construction Company, stating that the contractor has currently failed to complete road works in certain districts such as Chipata, Petauke and Lundazi.
Mr. Zulu has emphasized the need for government to consider giving contracts to serious contractors, saying such contractors are delaying the development of the country.