Eastern water to introduce performance based contracts

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company is to introduce performance based contracts this year for its workers.

This is expected to address issues of unretired impress, missing payment vouchers and poor record keeping as cited in the auditor general’s report.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director, Lytone Kanowa said this when he appeared before the parliamentary public accounts committee yesterday.

Mr. Kanowa stated that there is need for the company to introduce performance based contracts and build capacity among members of staff to improve capacity.

He further stated that the company needs restructuring to ensure multi-skilling to get the most out of personnel.

Mr. Kanowa also disclosed that from its 2015-2017 business plan, the company only achieved 55 per cent of the plan while non-revenue water stood at 38 per cent instead of 25 per cent.

Meanwhile commercial water utility companies in the country have been operating without boards for some time now.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Water Development Eddy Chomba says that establishment of boards has been delayed because of the moving of commercial water utilities from Ministry of Local Government to Ministry of Energy and Water Development.

Speaking when he appeared before the parliamentary public accounts committee, Bishop Chomba, who was inquired over the delay to set up boards, noted that the boards will be put in place this year.

Various members of the parliamentary committee expressed concern that all utility water companies in the country seem to be facing similar challenges especially dilapidated infrastructure.

 Meanwhile most underground water in Eastern Province has high content of calcium.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Water Development Eddy Chomba disclosed this when he appeared before the parliamentary public accounts committee yesterday.

Bishop Chomba explained that the calcium content is so high that if water is not properly treated, it can block a water pipe.

Lundazi prosecutor jailed for corruption

The Lundazi Magistrate Court has sentenced a prosecutor for Zambia Police in Lundazi to two years, four months imprisonment with hard labour for corruption.

Resident Magistrate Destiny Kalusopa found Dominic Chiboboka 30, guilty on one count of corrupt practices by a public officer contrary to section 19 (1)of the anti-corruption Act no. 3 of 2012.

Details of the offence are that Chiboboka in January 2016 in Lundazi, being a Zambia police public prosecutor based at Lundazi Police, corruptly solicited for 3, 000 Kwacha.

He actually received 2, 000 Kwacha  from John Nyirenda of Mkawa village in Lundazi, in order to facilitate the withdrawal of a case of rape that he was prosecuting involving Tenthema Nyirenda, a nephew to John Nyirenda.

This is according to a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday by Anti-Corruption Commission Corporate Affairs Officer Jonathan Siame.

Mr. Siame said Chiboboka was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission in January 2017.

Meanwhile, the Lundazi Magistrate Court also convicted two Community Crime Prevention Officers for corruption.

Joseph Demba, 58, of Kamwezi village in Chief Zumwanda’s area and Alick Lungu, 52, of Chinyalubwe of the same area were jointly charged with one count of corrupt practices by a public officer contrary to section 19 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.

 

 

He said the duo on dates unknown but between March 9, 2015 and March 15, 2015 in Lundazi, being Public Officers under Lundazi Police Neighbourhood Watch, jointly and whilst acting together corruptly solicited and actually received K360 cash from Bydon Zimba.

This was a bribe in order not to formally report the allegations of murder against him and his family to Lundazi Police.

Mr. Siame stated that the duo was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour with effect from 23rd March, 2018.

Lumezi MP accused of neglecting Chikomeni area

People of Chikomeni area in Lundazi district have accused Lumezi Member of Parliament Pilila Jere of not developing the area.

Luka Mwale, one of the residents says Kamimba ward has lagged behind in development and that Mrs. Jere does not visit the area whenever she visits her constituency.

Mr. Mwale told Breeze FM News that Mrs. Jere should have a keen interest to visit communities and hear their challenges.

He mentioned shortage of health workers at Chikomeni health post and deplorable state of roads as some of the challenges facing people in the area.

Meanwhile, Lumezi Member of Parliament Pilila Jere told Breeze FM News that she was last in her constituency in January this year to check on some of the developmental projects.

Mrs. Jere says when she visited the area, her focus was to check on crossing points, where bridges are expected to be constructed.

She says she will be visiting her constituency next week to look at some of challenges people are facing.