Government maintains its stance on schools

The provincial administration has maintained that it will not allow schools with poor hygiene standards in Eastern Province to start operating.

Provincial Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo further says that he has no apologies to make over his decision not to allow dirty schools to open.

Speaking on a live radio programme dubbed “The Voice” on Breeze FM this morning, Mr. Kasolo says that the tough decision was made to protect school children from cholera.

He stated that he has charged some of the school managers, who allowed their poor toilet facilities to worsen to unacceptable standards.

And Mr. Kasolo says that the cholera situation in the province is reasonably under control but still worrying because the number of cases is now getting close to 30.

He also explained that 70 percent of all inspections of schools and other institutions have had to be closed.

And speaking during the same programme, Provincial Education Standards Officer, Beatrice Botha says that schools that will delay to open have a number of options, which they can use to ensure that they catch up on the syllabus.

Ms. Botha says that this includes having extra lessons in the afternoon or evenings and evenings and having additional lessons over weekends.

She has urged school managers to use catch up strategies like academic clinics, where pupils are given full times lessons during holidays.

Five fishermen arrested in Lundazi district

The Department of Fisheries in Lundazi District has apprehended seven fishermen for abrogating government annual fish barn.

ZANIS reports that Lundazi District Fisheries Officer in Charge Chilufya Chitambala confirmed the arrest of the fishermen from chiefs Mphamba and Kapichila.

Mr. Chitambala said the seven were arrested on Thursday at Lundazi Dam.

Those arrested are Zacharia Nyumayo aged  20 of Kaluba village, Chief Mphamba, Charles Kumwenda  aged 22 of  Sitolo village Chief Kapichila , Temwanani Kumwenda aged 73 of Sitolo village, Chief  Kapichila and Alick Miti aged 30, of Mphamba village, Chief Mphamba.

Others area  Panji Kaunda aged 19 of Chimwemwe Compound Kitwe, Chosani  Nyirenda aged 29, of Kaluba village Chief Mphamba and Lameck Soko, aged 30 of Mphamba Compound in Chief Mphamba.

The suspects are currently in Police custody and will appear in court soon for offence of illegal Fishing, contrary to Fisheries Act Chapter 200, which suspend fishing activities in all water bodies from 1st December to 28 February every year.

The annual fish ban is in order to allow fish to breed.

Meanwhile, Mr Chitambala has warned communities residing near water bodies to stop conducting illegal fishing, saying his department will not hesitate to arrest and punish all culprits.

Five street vendors in Chipata nabbed

Five street vendors in Chipata have been arrested for trading on the street.

And a civil servant has been arrested for buying lemons and avocadoes from street vendors.

Chipata City Council Director for Legal Affairs Lynn Galapa revealed this during a cholera update meeting on Friday.

Ms. Galapa says that of the five who were arrested, two were fined and released as the police hadn’t been advised that the dockets should be forwarded to the National Prosecution Authority, NPA.

She says that the remaining three are in police custody and will have their dockets forwarded to NPA for prosecution.

Ms Galapa explained that since the local government street vending and nuisance act does not provide specific penalties, the civil servant was made to buy a broom and sweep the front entrance to one of the supermarkets under the supervision of a guard.

She says the local authority hopes such action will deter other would be offenders from buying things from street vendors.

And Ms Galapa says that the fast track court will not only be used to prosecute those going against the street vending and nuisance act, but traffic offences committed by drivers in the district.