Seventeen street vendors have been arrested following confusion that ensured last evening during an operation of removing street vendors from the streets in the central business area in Chipata.
Police were forced to use tear gas canister to disperse the unruly street vendors, who resorted to throwing stones at vehicles, which were being used by officers from the council, Zambia Police and DEC, Drug Enforcement Commission.
And speaking during today’s cholera update meeting, Director of Legal Affairs Lynn Galapa confirmed that 17 street vendors had been picked during the confusion.
She says that fifteen of the vendors are male while two are female adding that the number of those in custody has increased to twenty.
Ms. Galapa adds that the vendors who were caught selling on the street and that those who were throwing stones will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
She says that the vendors will be released after 48 hours because they cannot be kept for longer than that period.
Ms. Galapa however, says that the vendors will be dragged to court after the fast truck court starts operating.
The Director of Legal says the council in partnership with the Zambia Police, DEC and the Immigration Department will continue patrolling the district to ensure that there is compliance.
President Edgar Lungu has appointed Patriotic Front PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Australia.
President Lungu has congratulated the former priest on his appointment to the diplomatic mission.
And President Lungu says that the appointments into Foreign Service are a preserve of the president.
He says that he is therefore, greatly concerned that there is a perception that when one has been appointed into Foreign Service, they will be there permanently.
Mr. Lungu says that those serving in Foreign Service, once their tour of duty has come to an end, will be recalled and either redeployed locally or abroad.
The head of state was speaking on Friday morning when he swore in Mr. Bwalya
Chipata City Council Mayor, Sinoya Mwale has directed the Council Town Clerk and the legal department to make follow ups on two contractors, who failed to deliver the skip truck and the rig drilling machine.
Mr. Mwale says the two departments should use court bailiffs in order to recover the money from the contractors.
He says this is because the two contractors have failed to fulfill their promises.
The mayor said this yesterday during a full council meeting.
Mr. Mwale says deadline for the contractor, who is paying back money for the rig machine, was 31st January, while the contractor paying back money for the skip truck had promised to finish paying on January 15th.
He says the two contractors need to be followed up and taken to task because they are not serious in paying back the money.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says that the cholera situation in the province has not improved.
Speaking during the cholera update meeting on Thursday, Mr. Kasolo says that since the circular stating that only Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya can give statistics, the province has continued to record new cases of Cholera.
He says the cholera epicenter for Eastern Province is Lundazi district.
The Permanent Secretary says that there is need for a multi sectorial team to go to Lundazi to see what exactly is causing the district to have more cholera cases than any other district in the province.
He says there is a possibility that there is something that the cholera preventive team in Lundazi district has missed out that can be caught by someone looking at the town with new eyes.
Mr. Kasolo says all the districts in the province have continued implementing the cholera preventive measures that where put in place and will continue to do so until the battle against cholera is won.