Harry Kalaba resigns as minister

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has resigned from his position as minister.

This is according to a statement released by Mr. Kalaba, which is posted on his Facebook Page monitored by Breeze News.

Mr. Kalaba says that he had just dropped his resignation letter as Foreign Affairs Minister with President Edgar Lungu – a position he cherished and held for over 4 years.

He says that he had taken his decision to resign as Foreign Affairs Minister with a heavy heart but quite succinctly with a clear and resolved mind.

Mr. Kalaba states that his resignation is necessary looking at the path Zambia has taken, a path of insatiable greed and shame which is clearly unacceptable and unsuitable.

He has charged that management of national affairs cannot proceed with cold indifference when the levels of corruption are swelling and being perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution.

The former minister says that he has decided to remain an ordinary Member of Parliament representing the gallant people of Bahati constituency.

Government calls urgent cholera meeting

Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu has called for an urgent meeting with all the District Commissioners and Council Secretaries to discuss suspected cholera cases in Lundazi district.

Mr. Zulu says Lundazi has recorded four suspected Cholera cases which have not yet been confirmed.

The Minister told journalists during a press briefing yesterday that this is why preventive measures should be taken to avoid the spread of the disease.

He says that all the street venders should be taken to the markets where there is water and toilets.

Mr. Zulu says he will also meet stakeholders from the shopping malls to discuss sanitary related conditions over the matter.

He has emphasized the need for people to exercise high levels of cleanliness in order to prevent cholera outbreak.

Chipata City Council forced to reverse decision

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 die during New Year holiday

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.