UPND rubbishes reports that it has formed an alliance with MMD.

The United Party for National Development UPND in Eastern Province has denied having formed an alliance with MMD, the Movement for Multi- Party Democracy.
UPND Deputy Information and Publicity Secretary, Victor Mbuzi says people saying that the party has given a go ahead to MMD to contest the Mufumbwe parliamentary by-election because they have signed an alliance are lying.
Mr. Mbuzi says that his party did not sign any document with MMD when they agreed to allow the former ruling party contest the seat.
He says that people should understand that the two parties are independent adding that UPND will be contesting any by- election in the country.
Mr. Mbuzi was reacting to a statement that the two opposition political parties have entered into an alliance.

Some HIV infected sex workers are infecting unsuspecting men by cheating them that they are negative.

Some HIV infected sex workers are reported to be infecting unsuspecting men by cheating them that they are negative.
The sex workers are using test results for friends who are negative as evidence.
This was revealed when a sex worker who tested negative for an HIV test tried to test for the second time using the name for her colleague who is positive.
Manager at Corridors of Hope 3, Martin Bwalya told Breeze News that after the person was identified by the counsellor, she confessed that she was doing it for her friend who was waiting for her at the reception.
Mr. Bwalya says that after being quizzed, the positive sex worker admitted that she was afraid of losing her boyfriend because he demanded to know her status.
Mr. Bwalya however, declined to state how many of such cases Corridors of Hope 3 has handled stating that it was confidential.
He appealed to the general public to be open to their partners and know their status before engaging in sexual relationships to avoid HIV.

The Food Reserve Agency in Eastern Province secures over two thousand seven hundred tonnes of maize.

The Food Reserve Agency in Eastern Province has transferred over two thousand seven hundred tonnes of maize from buying depots to holding depots.
This is out of about over 7 thousand bags of maize in various depots across the province.
This is according to information availed to Breeze News by the FRA regional office.
Only about three hundred and sixty bags are still outside sheds.
However, officials at FRA office explained that the number is expected to reduce considerably.
They explained that FRA has started transporting the maize early enough before the rainy season, to ensure that no maize rots.
In the recent past, people have been calling on FRA to start transporting maize from depots that have no proper sheds, to protect the maize from getting socked, in case it starts raining.
And FRA regional marketing coordinator, Godfrey Munyoro hinted that the agency is expecting to receive more money to pay farmers soon.

Power outages have caused serious operational challenges at Chipata General Hospital mortuary.

Power outages have caused serious operational challenges at Chipata General Hospital mortuary.
This came to light during District Epidemic Preparedness Management Meeting held in Chipata.
Senior Environmental Health Technologist, Thomas Mambo Zulu says that power outages by ZESCO, the Zambia Electricity Supply Cooperation have adversely affected the operation of fridges at the mortuary.
And Mr. Zulu says that disinfection of the hospital has been difficulty because they do not have the compression pump which is more reliable and durable.
He says that the justo sprayer, which the hospital is using, is not reliable as it breaks down constantly.
And Mr. Zulu says that although the water situation has improved, erratic water supply by Eastern Water and Sewerage Company affects the operation of the institution especially at night.
He revealed that people are scavenging infectious waste at the incinerators, which is a serious threat to public health.
Meanwhile Mr. Zulu says that dog bite cases are on the increase with cases being reported almost every day at the hospital adding that the situation is worrying.
He says that the hospital has run out of anti-rabies vaccines despite having a lot of stray dogs in the district.

Members of parliament have been challenged to seriously study the 2013 national budget.

Members of parliament have been challenged to seriously study the 2013 national budget presented by Finance Minister, Alexander Chikwanda.
Governance activist Bonny Tembo says that this will enable the parliamentarians to debate the budget meaningfully during deliberations in parliament.
Mr. Tembo told Breeze News that MPs have a critical role in ensuring that the national cake is shared equally for the benefit of all Zambians.
He has emphasized that MPs should put the interest of the country first.
And Mr. Tembo has advised politicians not to politicise the 2013 national budget but enhance it to bring development.

Chizongwe Technical High School wins the interschool’s national debate.

Chizongwe Technical High School is the new interschool’s national debate champions.
This is after they beat Kasisi Gilrs High School of Lusaka.
And some residents of Chipata have expressed happiness with the achievement by Chizongwe Technical High School.
Joseph Zulu said that the school has done the province proud, and called on the provincial administration to organise a special event for the participants in recognition of the achievement.
He said that it is good that Chizongwe Technical High School has put Eastern Province in the limelight in the country, after beating the other 72 schools that participated in the debate.

Inter-domination prayers fail to take place in Chipata due to a misunderstanding.

Inter-domination prayers this morning failed to take place at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Chipata due to a misunderstanding between the organisers of the prayers and a named Christian organisation.
St. Anne’s Cathedral Parish Priest Father Gabriel Nyoni confirmed this to Breeze News.
Father Nyoni says that the named Christian organisation has refused to be part of the prayers claiming that they already have such prayers taking place every month.
He explained that churches in Chipata had agreed that inter-denomination prayers should take place every month but this cannot be done without approval from the organisation.
Father Nyoni says that there is need to have a common understanding between the organisation and the churches on the issue so that the prayers will be conducted.
The inter-domination prayers bring together different congregations to pray on various issues concerning Zambia and other nations.

President Michael Sata advised to appoint a Zambian judge to chair the Justice tribunal formed to probe three Judges.

The opposition United Party for National Development UPND in Eastern Province says that President Michael Sata should appoint a Zambian judge to chair the Justice tribunal formed to probe three Judges namely Charles Kajimanga, Nigel Mutuna and Philip Musonda.
Deputy Publicity and Information Secretary Victor Mbuzi says that the appointment of Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa to chair the tribunal is costing the country a lot of money.
President Sata appointed Judge Chikopa in May 2012 but until date nothing has happened after the three judges challenged their suspension in the courts of law thereby stalling the sittings of the tribunal.
The judge has however, continued to stay in the country.
Mr. Mbuzi says that government is trying to put more money in the pockets of foreigners and not Zambians.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company dismisses water contamination report.

Eastern Water and Sewerage Company says that a report that water in Eastern Province is heavily contaminated has been exaggerated.
Company Technical Manager, Wilson Chifwima says that the quality of raw water in the region differs from place to place.
Mr. Chifwima says that only Mambwe and Petauke districts have been found to have water, which is contaminated.
Speaking during a live radio programme on Breeze FM this morning, Mr. Chifwima explained that water in Mambwe was found to contain Magnesium while water in Petauke contained calcium carbonate.
He however, says that the company addressed both issues and that there is no need for clients to be worried as water being supplied in the two districts is safe for human consumption.
Meanwhile Mr. Chifwima says that human activities like defecating, fishing and washing of clothes have contributed to contamination of water at the treatment plan at Lutembwe Dam Two in Chipata.
He says that the company has been forced to engage the police to stop people conducting any activities at the dam because it is supposed to be a no go area.

Zambia National Union of Teachers has asked government to bring back extra duties that were withdrawn from teachers.

Government has been urged to bring back extra duties that were withdrawn from teachers.
Speaking during the World Teachers Day held in Chipata today, Zambia National Union of Teachers National Trustee, Lazarus Chongo says that teachers need the extra duties because they are helpful to society.
Mr. Chongo says that duties like sports are very important as they produce National champions in various activities.
And Mr. Chongo says that this year’s Teacher’s Day is an opportunity to honour men and women who inspire and nature people.
Mr. Chongo called on government to create a supportive teaching environment, adequate teacher training and safeguard the rights of teachers.
He added that government should break the vicious cycle of declining professional conditions for teachers in order to improve the quality of learning for all.
Mr. Chongo also says that an estimated 1.7 million more teacher position are required to reach the goals of Universal Primary Education by 2015.
Meanwhile hundreds of teachers in Mambwe district this morning joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Teachers Day which falls today October 5.
The event which was spiced up by the brass band from Gonda Barracks, attracted all schools in the district to Jumbe Basic School, where it took place.
Speaking during the cerebration Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia, BETUZ, chairperson, Obby Phiri, said that unions are aware of government’s efforts in mitigating teachers’ challenges that directly affect delivery and implementation of government policies.
Breeze Staffer, Peter Sukwa reports that Mr. Phiri says unions also appreciate government’s commitment in reducing the teacher pupil ratio which stands out as one of the major challenges faced by most schools in rural areas.
He, however, stated that teachers hope that government shall consistently recruit more teachers.