A combined team of council and health inspectors have confiscated expired and unlabeled food products from Choppies Supermarket in Chipata.
Chipata City Council Public Relations Manager, Kameko Manda has confirmed to Breeze News.
Ms. Manda says that the food products were confiscated during the time, the health inspectors were conducting inspections on banned processed meat products from South Africa that are contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
She says that the council immediately obtained a court order to destroy all the expired and unlabeled food products that were confiscated from Choppies Supermarket.
Meanwhile Ms. Banda says during yesterday’s joint inspection process by the council and Ministry of health, it was discovered that most chain stores had already removed the banned products.
She further says that tests that were conducted on other South African meat products found that they were not contaminated.
A spot check by Breeze News this morning found that most chain stores have removed all South African imported meat and vegetable products while others have not.
And in response, Ms. Manda said the directive was not to remove all South African products but those that are from a manufacturing company which products had contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
Yesterday Provincial Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo advised people to avoid all South African imported meat and vegetable products until investigations are concluded.
Eastern Water and Sewerage Company says that there is a possibility that not enough ground water will be collected during this year’s rainy season.
Company Managing Director Lytone Kanowa says that this means water supply during the dry season might be affected.
Speaking in an interview with Breeze News, Mr. Kanowa says that the company does not rely on runoff water but rather on ground water recharge.
He says when the ground is saturated with water; the rest of the water becomes river flow during the rainy season which is what is used by the company as their source of water.
Mr. Kanowa says that this year’s rainy season has been interrupted by long dry spells in parts of the province.
He says that districts that are mostly affected by little river flow during the dry season are Chipata and Lundazi.
The managing director however, says that the company will continue monitoring river flow in all districts so that people in affected areas are warned about the looming water shortage three months beforehand.
Police in Chipata have instituted Investigations into the harassment of a journalist by police officers during this year’s Nc’wala traditional ceremony.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Luckson Sakala confirmed receiving a complaint lodged by Chipata Press Club demanding for an apology over the harassment of a journalist on February 24.
Mr. Sakala said his office has involved members of the public who were present when the incident happened.
He said that so far, it has been discovered that the journalist in question was not from Chipata district, but from Lusaka.
Mr. Sakala noted that the officer involved is still unknown, because there were other officers who came from Lusaka for security reinforcement.
Women organizations in Chipata district are currently doing various activities ahead of the International Women’s Day slated for tomorrow.
Provincial Gender and Child Development Coordinator Ariel Tembo says this year’s International Women’s Day will be unique because women will be showcasing what they are doing in their respective institutions.
Mr. Tembo says government is trying to shift the issue of matching, to showcasing what women are implementing.
He says this means that the match past will not take place tomorrow.
He says the wish of government is that every woman participates in such activities because the International Women’s Day is dedicated to them.
Mr. Tembo says this year’s theme, “Time is now, rural and urban activist, transforming women’s lives” is timely because more women are now engaged in programs that empower them in both rural and urban areas.