The Patriotic Front PF district leadership in Chipata has distanced itself from the misunderstanding that has ensued in Chipata Central Constituency among some party members.
Two PF parallel constituency executives are arguing over the Constituency Cultural Dances Festival, which took place over the weekend at Chipata College of Education.
PF District Chairperson, Peter Msimuko says that he was not involved in the preparation of the event spearheaded by PF Chipata Central Constituency Secretary, William Phiri and former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani.
Mr. Msimuko was responding to demands by the John Mkhazika led constituency executive that he should explain who organised the festival and why Mr. Mangani was allowed to officiate at the event when he is just an ordinary member of PF.
Mr. Mkhazika also demanded to know how many district and provincial officials attended the festival and why his executive was not consulted before the event took place.
But Mr. Msimuko told Breeze News that he was not the right person to explain because he equally attended the event as an invited guest.
On Wednesday, PF Chipata Central Constituency Secretary, William Phiri dismissed Mr. Mkhazika’s demands stating that he does not owe him any explanation because he is heading an illegal executive.
Chipata Young Stars has survived relegation from FAZ Division one south league after beating Lusaka City Council by 1 goal to nil, in the mid-week make or break fixture played at David Kaunda Stadium.
This means Chipata Young Stars will remain in FAZ, Football Association of Zambia division one south league, regardless of the results when it plays Luena Barracks of Kaoma in the next game.
Chipata Young Stars now sits on 39 points, while their closest rivals, Chilenje Youth Academy have 35 points.
And Chipata Young Stars vice chairperson, James Chiti expressed happiness that the team has broken the record by being the first club from Eastern Province to survive relegation.
Chiti said that the club recorded this great achievement, despite facing financial challenges.
He explained that from the very start, the team survived on individual’s pockets as it did not have an official sponsor.
And Chiti therefore, explained that rumours that the club has gone bankrupt are misleading, as the team has never really had a lot of money.
He called on people and the community in the province to come on board and sponsor the team, as it fights to qualify to premier league next season.
Misunderstandings among PF, Patriotic Front Party members in Chipata Central Constituency have resurfaced.
The party members from two parallel executives are arguing over the Constituency Cultural Dances Festival, which took place over the weekend at Chipata College of Education.
The constituency executive led by John Mkhazika says that the festival is illegal because his committee was not consulted before the event took place.
Mr. Mkhazika who was flanked by his vice chairperson, Francis Sakala also questioned why the event was officiated by former Chipata Central Member of Parliament, Lameck Mangani, because he does not hold any party position.
But Chipata Central Constituency Secretary, William Phiri says that Mr. Mkhazika has no right to comment on the festival because he is running an illegal executive.
Mr. Phiri says that his executive, which is led by Fackson Nkunika, approved the decision to have Mr. Mangani officiate the event because the former MP was instrumental in organising the festival.
He also told Breeze News that Mr. Mkhazika risks being disciplined by the party for continuing to mislead party members through his illegal executive.
Misunderstandings among farmers and officials from FRA, the Food Reserve Agency in Chipata today continued.
The angry farmers who bounced after visiting banks to check on the money marched to FRA offices and dragged the Regional Marketing Coordinator, Godfrey Munyoro from his office to Investrust Bank.
Mr. Munyoro had a tough time to control the situation as farmers refused to allow him use his vehicle demanding that he walks with them.
The farmers demanded for proper explanation as to why money is not yet in the banks when their serial numbers were announced on radio that they should visit their respective banks to get paid.
By News time, the angry farmers were still at Investrust Bank waiting for their money while officials from the Bank and FRA were in a closed door meeting.
The opposition UPND, United Party for National Development has condemned the recently launched Link Zambia 8000 project.
The UPND observes that the project is concentrated in Lusaka when all provinces have deplorable roads that need to be worked on.
UPND National Chairperson for Youth and Sports Development, Michael Chuzu says that all Zambians should share the national cake unlike the situation on the link Zambia 8000 project.
Mr. Chuzu says that roads like Chipata/Chadiza, which only cover a distance of less than 100 kilometres, should have been included on the project and given priority.
The Link Zambia Project will result in the construction of about 2, 290 kilometres of roads at an estimated cost of 7.9 trillion Kwacha in the first phase of the project.
The Link Project, which was launched in Chieftainess Chiyawa’s area by President Michael Sata last month, will also go over Chongwe River and connect to Feira right through to Luangwa Bridge.
The road will provide a link to Kasisi, Chipembi, Chalimbana and Palabana among other areas.
The Ministry of Health has refuted reports that nurses at Minga Hospital in Petauke district are charging penalty fee on pregnant women who delay to visit the clinic during delivery.
Provincial Medical Officer, Kennedy Malama told Breeze News that health workers have no authority to charge penalty fee to pregnant women in any situation.
Dr. Malama has warned that the Ministry of Health will discipline any nurse found to be charging pregnant women.
Last week, some pregnant women in Petauke district complained of being charged a penalty fee of 10,000 Kwacha by nurses at Minga Hospital for delaying to go to the hospital when about to deliver.
The women said that the nurses advise them to be waiting from the hospital two months before delivery to avoid complications.
The Food Reserve Agency FRA in Eastern Province is confident of meeting the October 31st deadline for paying all farmers, who sold maize to the agency.
Regional Marketing Coordinator, Godfrey Munyoro says that the agency owes farmers 55 billion Kwacha, which will be paid within this week.
Mr. Munyoro told Breeze News that the agency was given directives to ensure that payment to all farmers is done and that there is no way they would go against this.
He says that the FRA headquarters in Lusaka has indicated that the 55 billion Kwacha will be sent to Eastern Province before Friday.
And Mr. Munyoro also confirmed that the marketing exercise will close on October 31st.
Eleven people have sustained serious injuries after the Isuzu Canter truck they were travelling in overturned on the Chipata/Chadiza road Sunday evening.
Chief Fire Brigade Officer, Fackson Mbewe says that the Fire Brigade received a report of the accident at about 19:05 hours and immediately rushed to the scene.
Mr. Mbewe says that the truck Registration Number ALD 3539, which was travelling to Kausiku village in Chief Maguya’s area overturned after the driver, Raphel Musoni lost control of the vehicle near Lutembwe bridge.
Meanwhile three Malawians have been detained by police in Chipata after they were found buying paraffin in containers.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anderson Chengo says that Jeran, Patrick and William Mvula connived with a fuel attendant at Engeni Filling Station and bought 13 by 210 litres and 16 by 20 litres of paraffin which was to be smuggled to Malawi.
Mr. Chengo says that the three have been charged with an offence of transportation of petroleum products in unauthorized vessels.
Environmental health officers have threatened to close Lundazi Boarding School due to poor hygiene standards.
Breeze FM Staffer, Naomi Mwimba reports that the poor hygiene at the school is posing the possible outbreak of waterborne diseases.
A check in both boys and girls ablution blocks found that they are in a very dirty condition.
District Education Standards Officer, DESO Chiza Mtonga acknowledged the poor sanitation at the school.
Mr. Mtonga says that he held a meeting with environmental health officers asking them not to close the school because pupils are writing there exams.
He says that the matter will be resolved very soon.
Meanwhile Government officers from Lusaka and Chipata have shunned this year’s Zengani traditional ceremony of the Ngoni/Tumbuka people of Lundazi district.
This has disappointed Senior Chief Magodi, who expressed his feelings when Chasefu Member of Parliament, Chifumu Banda and Lundazi district commissioner, Janet Mvula paid a courtesy call on him at his old palace at Emusa village.
The chief says that he feels that he is not being recognized by government because this is not the first time that it is happening.
Chief Magodi says that government should have sent representatives from Lusaka or Chipata to attend the ceremony if top government officials are busy than sending government representatives from within Lundazi.
Meanwhile hundreds of people are attending the 10th Zengani traditional ceremony of the Ngoni/Tumbuka people of Lundazi district.
Chief Magodi explained that the aim of the ceremony is to unite both the Ngoni and Tumbuka people of Lundazi district.
The Food Reserve Agency, FRA is revising the system of paying farmers who sold maize to the agency in Eastern Province.
FRA Provincial Marketing Coordinator, Godfrey Munyoro says that this is to ensure that all farmers who sold maize at the beginning of the marketing exercise are paid immediately.
Mr. Munyoro told Breeze News that he has directed all depot managers to examine their books and pick out names of farmers who sold maize first.
He says that the move has been taken to address concerns from some farmers that FRA has paid farmers who sold maize later than those who sold earlier.
And Mr. Munyoro also revealed that government has allocated 53 billion Kwacha to Eastern Province to pay farmers who sold maize to FRA.
He says that the money, which is an addition to the 18 billion Kwacha released last week, will see Chipata getting 10 billion Kwacha.
Mr. Munyoro has assured all farmers that they will be paid but indicated that no farmer should visit the bank without getting clearance from the depot manager to avoid being disappointed.