Chipata Mchinji- TAZARA rail project on course

Government says that three point two billion United States dollars railway line from Nacala port that will connect Eastern Province to TAZARA is on course.

Speaking in an interview with Breeze News, Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says that the project which is supposed to run for four years is just in its first year, most of which will be used for mobilization.

He says the feasibility study for the railway line has already been done and what is remaining now is for the design to be finished.

Mr. Kasolo says the railway line will pass through the Muchinga Escarpment, which is one of the most unfriendly terrains in the country.

He says once the designs and other things that need to be mobilized are done, construction works of the railway line are expected to move quickly.

The Permanent Secretary says that the railway line will create jobs and help in developing the province and the country as a whole as transportation of goods will also be made easier and cheaper.

High defilement cases in Eastern Province worry the Judiciary.

The Judiciary says it is worried with the increase in the number of defilement cases reported in Eastern province.

Speaking during official opening of the Chipata High Court yesterday, Lusaka based Judge Mwape Dancewell Bowa says according to the cause list for the High Court Session, defilement has continued to be a greatest problem in communities.

Judge Bowa says defilement attracts a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years imprisonment with hard labour, and an upper limit of up to life imprisonment.

He says that in spite of the stiff punishment, there is no reduction in the crime, stating that it is time for society to ask themselves whether there is need to revisit the law to address the vice.

Judge Bowa says that there is also need for a mechanism of dealing with the victims of the crime, who remain traumatized.

And Judge Bowa says the province has also seen an increase in the number of Gender Based Violence cases.

He says according to statistics, the court dealt with 66 cases in 2015 and that the number increased to 70 in 2016, while in 2017, 78 cases were dealt with by the court.

Judge Bowa has commended government and other cooperating partners such as the United Kingdom and the United Nation for putting up a GBV fast truck court, currently under construction in Chipata.

He says the court once completed, will help to quickly deal with GBV cases in the province.

Civil Service Commission assures civil servants

The Civil Service Commission says it will attend to all challenges civil servants face in their respective sectors.

Civil Service Commission Chairperson Dickson Kayula Chasaya says civil servants need to be motivated because they play an important role in communities.

He says that there is need for government to give civil servants the much needed attention they deserve.

Mr. Chasaya says this is why the commission is currently getting submissions from civil servants across the country on what challenges they are facing in different sectors.

He said this when he paid a curtesy call on Provincial Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo this morning.

And Mr. Chasaya says district commissioners and permanent secretaries are free to release information to the media.

Mr. Chasaya has maintained that no civil servant will be allowed to discuss government business on social media.

And Provincial Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says the commission plays an important role in guiding civil servants in the country.

He says the civil servants in the province are therefore, expecting a lot from the commission.

CDF projects in Chipata to resume soon

Procurement of materials for CDF, the Constituency Development Fund projects in Luangeni constituency in Chipata district, has reached an advanced stage.

Chipata City Mayor Sinoya Mwale however, says the projects that will delay to be implemented in Luangeni are boreholes because the tendering process is still under way.

He further says that Chipata Central Constituency is likely to delay in the implementation of the CDF projects because it did not receive the funds on time.

He added that the committee spearheading the CDF for Chipata Central sat to discuss the way forward over the implementation of the projects.

Mr. Mwale noted that the whole amount of the CDF allocation for Kasenengwa Constituency has been channeled to the drilling of boreholes in the area.

The mayor has emphasized the need for people spearheading the projects to use the money for the intended purpose.