Chipata Town Clerk, Golden Banda demoted to the position of council secretary for Mpulungu District Council.

Government has lifted the suspension slapped on Chipata Town Clerk, Golden Banda but demoted him to the position of council secretary for Mpulungu district council.
Government has also reinstated Finance Director, Julius Banda but transferred him to Choma Municipal Council in the same capacity.
Chipata Mayor, Goodson Thole confirmed the changes, which have been made through the Local Government Service Commission.
Mr. Thole also says that acting town clerk, Caroline Mphande who is director of administration has been promoted to position of council secretary for Milengi District Council.
And Kabwe Town Clerk, Ikan Chigangu is new town clerk for Chipata Municipal Council.
Mr. Banda, the former town clerk was suspended in December last year to pave way for investigations into misapplication of funds.
One of the matters investigated concerned allegations that Mr. Banda received allowances from the council despite being on a sponsored trip to Cameroun.
And Finance Director, Julius Banda suffered the same fate for approving the allowance payment to the town clerk.
Meanwhile Mr. Banda has accepted his demotion, stating that he is not the first person to be demoted on a job.
Mr. Banda told Breeze News that he has promised the Local Government Service Commission to turn Mpulungu District Council into the best working council in the country because he is a performer.

Government says it is receiving a lot of complaints about nurses’ negative attitude towards work.

Government says it is receiving a lot of complaints about nurses’ negative attitude towards work.
Deputy Ministry of Health Christopher Mulenga revealed this during graduation of 168 nurses from Mwami, Chipata General and St. Francis nursing schools held at Mwami Adventist Hospital in Chipata today.
Mr. Mulenga has since called on the nurses to have a right attitude towards work.
And the deputy minister says that government is committed to ensuring that the shortage of human resource is reduced.
He says that this will be done through increasing the enrolment of students in nursing schools and supporting good learning environment.
Mr. Mulenga says that this is the reason why government has allocated 500 million Kwacha to the three nursing schools in Eastern Province.
And speaking during the same occasion, Provincial Medical Director, Kennedy Malama says the ministry in the province will focus on improving the quality of learning in nursing schools.
Dr. Malama says that this will enable graduating nurses to handle the disease burden in the province professionally.
Meanwhile Mwami Hospital Nursing School Acting Principal, Felani Tembo has appealed to government to assist the three nursing schools in the province with transport.
Ms. Tembo also told the deputy minister that the three schools need support in infrastructure development.

Tarring works on the Chipata/Lundazi road have hit a snag.

Tarring works on the Chipata/Lundazi road will not be completed according to schedule.
And Sable Construction Company has heaped the blame on Bicon Consultant whom it has accused of not paying about 10 billion Kwacha to enable it work on deviations.
Sable Construction Company Site Manager, Maksudar Raham told Breeze FM Staffer, Naomi Mwimba that the company is using its own money to buy building materials.
He complained that this has been a big challenge adding that the contract period for the works, which are supposed to be completed in January next year needs to be extended.
The site manager however, says that about 65 per cent of the works have been done so far.
And when contacted for comment, Bicon Site Engineer, Sekani Longwe says funds have delayed but that this is not the cause of delay for the works.
Mr. Longwe says that about 50 per cent from a total of 97 billion Kwacha of the whole contract has been paid to Sable Construction Company.
He charged that Sable Construction Company was to blame for the delay because it has been importing construction materials like bitumen and stones.
Mr. Longwe however, agreed with the contractor that about five more months would be needed to complete the tarring works on the road.

Poor regulation on imported fertilizer worries Ministry of Agriculture in Eastern Province.

Poor regulation on imported fertilizer is impacting negatively on farmers.
This observation is from the Ministry of Agriculture in Eastern Province.
Acting Provincial Agricultural Coordinator, Kennedy Kanenga says that there is need to upgrade the regulation so that every new fertilizer coming into the country is tested before being given to farmers.
Mr. Kanenga told Breeze News that the regulation on imported fertilizer is weak compared to regulation on imported seed.
He was commenting on recent revelations that a named company supplied fake fertilizer to farmers.
And Mr. Kanenga has appealed to all agriculture companies to ensure that when they bring in new fertilizer, it is taken for testing at the Ministry of Agriculture.
He says that this will assist to prevent situations where farmers are given substandard farming inputs.

Government accused of failing to adhere to the Maputo declaration in the 2013 national budget.

Government has been accused of going against the Maputo declaration over its decision to allocate 1.865 trillion Kwacha to the agriculture sector in the 2013 national budget.
Former Agriculture Minister, Eustakio Kazonga says that Zambia signed the Maputo protocol, which states that 10 per cent of the national budget should go towards agriculture.
Dr. Kazonga says that this means that government was supposed to allocate 3.22 trillion Kwacha instead of 1.865 trillion Kwacha.
He says that this anomaly means that there is little hope of improving the agriculture sector in the 2013 national budget.
Speaking to Breeze News, Dr. Kazonga also noted that the 500 billion Kwacha allocated to FISP, the Farmer Input Support Programme will not assist small scale farmers because government is talking about diversification.
He explained that government has indicated that it has included crops like Soybeans, Sorghum, rice and cotton under FISP but wondered if the 500 billion Kwacha would support all these crops.
Dr. Kazonga also pointed out it is misleading for government to tell Zambians that rice has been included in FISP because the crop has been under FISP for two years now.

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.