Ten in court for psychotropic substances

Ten people have appeared before Chadiza Magistrate Court for mention where they are separately charged with one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Appearing before Magistrate Fred Musaka was Rabson Banda, Oscar Phiri, Elemiya Phiri, Nyongani Mvula and Michael Phiri.

Others are Stonkeni Zulu, Agripa Phiri, Stanley Banda, Joseph Phiri and Acklas Chilumbu.

Facts before court are that the 10 were on December 29, 2017 found in possession of different quantities of marijuana after an operation conducted by DEC, Drug Enforcement Commission officers in the district.

Magistrate Musaka has since adjourned the matter to January17, 2018 for possible plea.

Stakeholders call for improved hygiene

Stakeholders have called for improved hygiene standards in Chipata district, especially in markets such as Saturday, Nabvutika, Kaumbwe and Magazine, where various food stuffs are sold.

The call was made this morning, during an emergence meeting looking at ways of preventing cholera from spreading in Chipata district.

Among issues of concern, was the stagnant water at Saturday Market and the need to improve standards of hygiene in most markets in Chipata.

Stakeholders at the meeting said there is need for the drainage system at Saturday Market to be improved and ensure the stagnant water is cleared.

And speaking at the same meeting, acting provincial health director, Jairos Mulambya, noted that cholera can be prevented by ensuring that people have access to safe clean drinking water, maintain high standards of hygiene and properly dispose off fecal matter.

Dr. Mulambya also emphasized the need to find local solutions in the prevention and treatment of cholera cases.

He also noted that Chipata, has almost 10 buses coming and going to Lusaka, thereby making the district at risk of experiencing cases of cholera.

And district health director, Dr. Charles Fanaka, emphasized the need to find ways that will ensure that markets have supply of clean safe water.

The stakeholders also raised concern over the continued trend of some people, who spend nights in the markets.

And chairing the meeting, district administrative officer, Kapembwa Sikazwe, said the Chipata City Council must treat the matter of stagnant water at Saturday Market as an emergency.

He said there is need to put plans in place to ensure that markets have running water.

Citizens not participating in local governance

Provincial Local Government Officer, Alex Bwalya, says non-participation of people in the local governance system, remained one of the biggest challenges councils in Eastern Province faced in 2017.

Mr. Bwalya noted that while the local authority is about people’s participation, residents in most districts leave every decision to councils.

He also noted that people have not been coming forward to contribute ideas and give suggestions to local authorities on various matters.

Mr. Bwalya explained that the local government system allows for members of the public to feel free to make suggestions on how various issues can be resolved.

He encouraged members of the public that going forward, they should be more active and participate, by helping local authorities with suggestions.

Mr. Bwalya also noted that most councils faced challenges in waste management.

He says that in some instances, members of the public contributed to the problem, by not throwing garbage in right places, but however added that more will be done in 2018.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bwalya has described the 2017 performance of the local government as excellent.

He says a number of local government systems, such as the devolution, took root in 2017.

He explained that 2017 was a good starting point for government’s plans to give more powers to people in decision making.

Mr. Bwalya says 2018, will be a year, when full implementation of most of the plans start.

Government to finish chiefs palaces

Government says it is committed to finishing the construction of Chiefs Palaces in Eastern Province.

Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu says the province received more funds and that contractors are currently on site for the two palaces under construction.

Mr. Zulu says government wants to complete the first phase of the project, within a possible period of time and embark on the next phase.

He told Breeze News that government will continue respecting traditional leaders because they play an important role in supplementing government’s efforts in bringing development in communities.

The minister says this is why chiefs are not supposed to live in palaces that are dilapidated.