Chipata Mall closed due to unsanitary conditions

Chipata City Council has with immediate effect, closed down the Chipata Great East Gate Shopping Mall, for operating under unsanitary conditions.

Council Director of Public Health, Constance Mulenga, says the council has decided to shut down the mall because of a number of defects.

Speaking to journalists after conducting an inspection at the mall this morning, Ms. Mulenga says the defects include the discharge of effluent into the public drainage, indiscriminate disposal of waste and the construction of a storage facility without permission from the council.

She says the council is going round conducting inspections in making sure that there is continued compliance to the public health act.

Colleges and universities directed to stop operating

Government has directed that all colleges, universities and other higher learning institutions, both private and public, that are currently operating should close with immediate effect.

This is after Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, invoked a statutory instrument, following the outbreak of cholera.

Acting Minister of Higher Education, who is the Minister of General Education, Dennis Wanchinga, has re-emphasized that all learning institution will remain closed until further notice.

Dr. Wachinga has seriously warned that any higher learning institution that will violate the directive and endanger the lives of the Zambian populous, will be swiftly dealt with.

And Higher Education Authority Director General, Professor Stephen Simukanga, has announced that no college or university will be allowed to resume their academic calendars, beginning 8th January, 2018, as planned.

This is according to a statement availed to Breeze News this morning

Teaching Council aware of mediocre colleges

The Teaching Council of Zambia says it is aware that there has been a lot of mediocrity in the manner some teacher education colleges are running.

Council spokesperson, Ngoza Malonga, says some colleges do not meet standards.

She says this therefore, compromises the quality of teacher training and in turn, affects the quality of services they offer to their learners.

Ms. Malonga says that the council will therefore ensure that all colleges are accredited and meet set standards.

She says that all appropriate colleges have to meet minimum standards, such as having conducive classrooms, libraries, desks, resource centers and proper sanitation systems.

Albino Foundation describes 2017 as difficult year

Albino Foundation of Zambia says 2017 was a challenging year for the people living with albinism.

Albino Foundation of Zambia Executive Director John Chiti says his organization recorded an increase in the number of people who suffered from skin cancer, due to the change in climate.

He says some people with albinism died as a result of lack of sun screen lotion and protective clothing especially those living in rural areas.

Mr. Chiti says his organization recorded four deaths due to ritual killings and three attacks.

He says Eastern Province had the highest number of ritual killings and attacks on people with albinism.

Mr. Chiti says the ritual attacks were mainly recorded in Chipata, Lundazi and Chama districts.

He added that his organization partnered with the Human Rights Commission in order to advocate for the rights of persons with albinism.

He says that going forward, the foundation is taking another step to deal with issues affecting persons with albinism.

Mr. Chiti further says government promised to procure sun screen lotion for persons with albinism, but that nothing positive came out.

And Mr. Chiti says there is need for government to amend the disability act in order for persons with albinism to be recognized and included.

Dispute over land ensues in border district of Vubwi

A land dispute has ensued between some Zambian farmers and a Malawian farmer on the border of Zambia-Malawi in Vubwi district.

Vubwi District Commissioner, Enelesi Banda has confirmed to Breeze News but says that matter is being sorted out.

Ms. Banda says that the misunderstanding started because both Zambians and Malawians have been cultivating without recognizing border beacons.

She says that the confusion was sparked after a farmer from Malawi bought land and asked those who were cultivating in his farm to stop.

Ms. Banda says that this annoyed Zambian farmers resulting into a misunderstanding.

The district commissioner, however, says that Chief Pembamoyo has been asked to give the affected Zambian farmers other pieces of land.

However, some farmers, who spoke to Breeze News, allege that the farmer from Malawi has ended up encroaching on Zambian land and removed beacons.

The farmers demanded that government intervenes seriously in the matter because the issue has affected a lot of people.