PS Kasolo warns those planing to protest

Provincial administration has warned anyone with intentions to demonstrate over removal of street vendors and demolition of illegal structures in Chipata that they will be arrested.

Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says that he has information that some people are intending to carry out protests at his office.

Speaking during a live radio programme dubbed “The Voice” on Breeze FM this morning, Mr. Kasolo says that rules have to be followed because he came to Eastern Province to work and not to make himself popular.

And Mr. Kasolo says that Chipata City Council and the mayor do not have authority to discipline or summon management from Eastern Water and Sewerage Company.

Mr. Kasolo says that only the permanent secretary has authority to discipline any person working in the civil service and parastatals in Eastern Province.

He says that according to the reporting lines, the mayor reports directly to the provincial minister and minister of local government while the town clerk and his executive officers report to the provincial local government officer, who then reports to him as provincial permanent secretary.

Mr. Kasolo explained that this was among the reasons why Provincial Minister, Makebi Zulu advised Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director, Lyton Kanowa against appearing at the council when he was summoned over the demolition of houses.

Meanwhile Mr. Kasolo revealed that lack of funds has made it difficult for his office to fight the illegal mining taking place in various parts of the province.

He stated that he was directed by the minister of mines to flash out all the illegal miners in Nyimba, Petauke, Lundazi and Vubwi districts.

Government dismisses abuse of funds in the Lundazi trades project

Alleged mismanagement of resources is reported to have affected works of constructing Lundazi Trades Training Institute.

But authorities in Lundazi have however, dismissed the allegation that works at the learning institute stalled because of resource mismanagement.

Lundazi District Building Officer Felix Kaite says that delay in the completion of the institute was because government has not been funding the project for some time now.

Speaking in a telephone interview, Mr. Kaite stated that this has resulted into the contractor running behind the scheduled time of completion.

Mr. Kaite told Breeze News that the project is likely to resume this year, although he was unable to give a specific time when the project will resume.

He stated that it was up to the Ministry of Higher Education to honour the certificate of payment in good time for the works to resume.

About 21 million kwacha was budgeted for the construction of the project.

Congolese walks to freedom

A Congolese national who was charged with unlawful entry into Zambia has been acquitted by the Chipata Magistrate Court.

This was in a matter where John Chichi from DR Congo was charged with unlawful entry into Zambia.

Facts of the matter are that on January 6th 2018, police had detained the Congolese national, who had no entry documents or documents that allowed him to stay in Zambia.

Resident Magistrate Boniface Mwala who acquitted Chichi said the matter was brought before the court in a premature manner that lacked enough evidence.