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KAPIRI MPOSHI GIRL ALLEGEDLY DEFILED BY A 30 –YEAR- OLD MAN
A 7 –year- old girl of Kapiri Mposhi has allegedly been defiled by a 30 –year- old man.
The perpetrator has been identified as male Kalikayi Takayiza of no fixed abode whereas the victim whose names have been withheld is of Chisengaman’ga Area.
The defilement incident occurred yesterday 23rd May, mid-morning as the minor who is a grade 3 pupil was heading to Chisengamang’a Primary School.
Police have since arrested the suspect in connection with the said subject offence.
Police has confirmed the incident to Knc news in a statement.
Meanwhile, the disturbed community of Chisengaman’ga has described the alleged act by the perpetrator, as barbaric and un-Zambian.
HIGH COST OF RESIDENTIAL PLOTS WORRIES LUANO RESIDENT
A concerned resident of Luano has bemoaned the high prices at which residential plots are being sold in the district.
The concerned resident only identified as Mark tells Knc that the price at which the plots are selling is exorbitant, making it difficult for locals to acquire land.
He has wondered why the local authority has pegged the prices so high adding that the move will make it difficult for the newly created district to develop.
KAPIRI RESIDENTS FOUL RAPE ATTEMPT
An instant justice mob in Kapiri Mposhi’s Soweto B’ section on Monday evening pounced on a 25 year- old man who is alleged to have attempted to rape a 45- year- old suspected drunken woman of the same vicinity.
The aggrieved mob led by area branch Chairperson Lawrence Sichamba is reported to have descended on the man identified as Borniface Chisanga whom they surrounded after he was allegedly found in possession of the victim’s skirt.
Soweto B’ Compound Branch Chairperson Lawrence Sichamba who was at the scene also expressed disappointment with the careless drinking habits by most women who are ending up risking their lives.
Meanwhile, the suspect who claimed to be the cousin to the woman could not however give the disturbed community a convincing statement as to why he was having the woman’s skirt thereby forcing community members to drag him to Tazara police station together with the drunken woman.
GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR CONCERTED EFFORTS TOWARDS THE SUCCESSFUL HOSTING OF THE CENTRAL PROVINCE EXPO
Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has called on the private sector in the province to get involved in the preparation for the Central Province investment expo to be graced by Republican President Edgar Lungu in October.
The Provincial Minister says there is need for concerted efforts towards the successful hosting of The Investment Expo.
Mushanga who is also Bwacha Member of Parliament was speaking in Kabwe during a breakfast meeting with the business community, at Tuskers Hotel.
Speaking earlier at the same event Kabwe Chamber of Commerce and Industry-KCCI President Christabel Ngongola said there was need for the land agency for Kabwe Municipal Council to be lifted in order to achieve the investment expo.
Meanwhile, the UPND in Central Province has doubted Central Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe’s ability to effectively coordinate activities leading to the successful hosting of the provincial investment expo slated for October.
UPND Central Province Youth Chairperson Milner Mwanakampwe who accused the Central Province PS of working more on party lines, advised him to consider following the set guidelines, for the civil service.
Central Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe was not available to comment on the matter, as he was said to be attending a meeting.
KAPIRI WOMAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE AND MURDER AFTER BEING CAUTIONED OVER HER DRINKING HABIT
A Kapiri Mposhi woman in her twenties has attempted to commit suicide and to also kill two of her biological children after being scolded by her mother over her behavior of excessive alcohol abuse.
The woman identified as Barbara Chibale of Soweto ‘A’ Section Compound tried to cut short her life and that of her two children by attempting to give them a poisonous chemical locally known as logo.
Just as she was about to carry out her plans, her mother intervened by rescuing the two minors.
The incident which happened yesterday at about 14:00 hours has since been reported to the police.
Mother in-law to the perpetrator Lista Musonda who was present during the incident confirmed the ordeal to Knc news.
Meanwhile, community members were equally astonished over Chibales’s actions.
IMPASSE BETWEEN KABWE MAYOR AND KABWE CENTRAL MP NEARS END AS THE TWO PARTIES EXPRESS WILLINGNESS TO RECONCILE
Kabwe Mayor Prince has hinted that he may consider the option of reconciliation as opposed to the legal route with Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube, for the sake of development.
Giving an up-date following the expiry of the 48 hour ultimatum given to the Kabwe Law Maker to substantiate corruption allegations leveled against him, Mayor Chileshe has however stated that he will appreciate if the law maker tenders an apology over the accusations so that the two parties can begin to work together in developing Kabwe which aspires to attain city status.
The Mayor has advised Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube to heed to advice given to him by republican president Edgar Lungu, during political campaigns in the run-up to the 2016 general elections on the need to be humble.
Kabwe Town Clerk Ronald Daka who described the current situation in Kabwe as humiliating, urged The Church, Kabwe based stake holders and senior citizens to take their rightful position in society by helping resolve the misunderstandings between the local authority and Tutwa Ngulube.
Speaking when he made an impromptu appearance on the Knc rise and shine breakfast show yesterday, Tutwa Ngulube stated that he was ready to dialogue with the council, on grounds that they drop all legal cases against him.
The two parties have dragged each other to court for various alleged offenses including corruption and criminal trespass respectively.
I WILL STEP DOWN IF CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS ARE PROVED - KABWE MAYOR
Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe says he is willing to resign from office if found guilty of the many corruption allegations leveled against him.
Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube has dragged the mayor, the Town Clerk and other senior council officers to court on allegations of corruption.
Ngulube has personally accused the Mayor of having amassed wealth through various corrupt activities.
But speaking at a media briefing at the Civic Centre, Mayor Chileshe has denied the claims, describing them as sentiments aimed at denting his image.
He has challenged the Kabwe Central Law Maker to prove his accusations against him or consider stepping down as a parliamentarian, for feeding Kabwe Residents and the country with false and malicious information.
Chileshe has however stated that he will resign as Mayor if Ngulube evidently proves that he has indeed been in the forefront driving dishonest activities at the council for personal gains.
Meanwhile, The Kabwe Mayor has pledged to work towards developing Kabwe.
He says no amount of accusations will sway his focus from delivering to the expectations of the Kabwe Residents.
MUTANGA APPEALS FOR ARTIFICIAL LEG
A 56 –year- old man of 10 miles area is asking well-wishers to assist him purchase an artificial leg.
Able Mutanga, who has lived with diabetes for over 20 years, had his left leg amputated late last year, following an injury he suffered whilst cultivating his field.
The visibly pained Mutanga has lamented to Knc News that life has been difficult for him, as family members have allegedly abandoned him since the dreadful operation.
He explains that he has tried to ask for financial help from relatives to purchase the artificial leg but that none of them is willing to do so.
Mutanga, who is able to paint and brick lay, adds that having the artificial leg, will change his current life status which has been filled with anguish.
He now requires K3, 500 to purchase the artificial leg from the university teaching hospital, UTH in Lusaka.
KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY SET TO RE-OPEN ON 3RD JUNE
Kwame Nkrumah University in Kabwe is set to re- open on June 3, 2018, more than four months after it was closed due to differences over conditions of services between management and lecturers.
The University which is being managed by Mulungushi University management could not open for the first term of 2018 after lecturers threatened to down tools over unpaid open distance teaching allowances.
The decision by lecturers forced the government to advertise all positions at the public institution before students who had reported for the first term of the academic year were asked to leave the camps until further notice.
Mulungushi University Vice Chancellor Hellicy Ng'ambi said in an exclusive interview with the Times of Zambia that the process of recruiting lecturers which started in February was expected to be completed by the end of this month.
She noted that so far, the majority of lecturers had been retained during the recruitment process and hoped that the recruitment would put to rest the differences that had existed in the past.
The majority of the staff at Nkrumah had been seconded from the Ministry of General Education which is a stark contrast with other higher learning institutions that are under the Ministry of Higher Education.
Prof Ng'ambi said her management was doing everything possible to create acceptable university operational systems, procedures and policies from June 2017 when the government gave it the mandate to superintend over the affairs at Nkrumah.
MISAPPLICATION OF FUNDS SHOCKS TUTWA
Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube has described the misapplication of over 14 million kwacha by local authorities in the country as shocking, unacceptable and an insult to the Zambian people.
Ngulube says it is disappointing to note that public institutions such as local authorities have continued to pilfer public resources without any regard to would be beneficiaries of the funds.
Citing funds allegedly misapplied by the Kabwe Municipal Council Ngulube says the revelations are shameful and must be condemned by any well meaning Zambian.
The Kabwe Central Law Maker says it is disheartening that the plunder of public resources has gotten to such levels and no one seems to be doing anything about it.
He has demanded the arrest of the controlling officers and individuals cited in the auditor general’s report.
Meanwhile, Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube has revealed a scam in which a named Kabwe based political figure has launched an ambitious media campaign aimed at side-lining him.
Speaking when he featured on a special breakfast show on Knc radio this morning, Ngulube further revealed that the hired journalists have allegedly been paid five thousand kwacha each, as gratification to publish malicious articles aimed at bringing his name into ridicule as well as cover up the alleged illegal deals in which the named figure is engaged.
The Kabwe central law maker has however stated that he will stand his ground and ensure that all the corrupt activities perpetrated by the said political figure are exposed.
INAPPROPRIATE DRESSING PROMOTES MORAL DECAY - CIVIC LEADER
A civic leader in Chibombo District Reagan Mubatsa has expressed disappointment over the Non-Governmental Organsations Coordinating Council- NGOCC’s comment on dressing among students accessing the University of Zambia Library.
There was a post purported to be issued by the UNZA management barring half dressed students especially females from access the library.
But NGOCC Chairperson Serah Longwe criticized the decision saying it was an infringement on the rights of students.
Reacting to Longwe’s statement, Mubatsa has told Knc news that allowing inappropriately dressed individuals to enter the library would promote moral decay, hence the need for the NGOCC to desist from indirectly cheering bad dressing.
A GANG OF ARMED TEENAGERS DISRUPT A BIRTHDAY PARTY IN KAPIRI MPOSHI
A gang, comprising mostly teenagers armed with knives last evening invaded a residence in Soweto ‘A’ Section Compound and disrupted a birthday celebration at about 19:00hrs.
Those in attendance scampered in all directions as the gang started beating them up.
Meanwhile, owner of the house, Juliet Mpela has narrated the ordeal to Knc news.
Parents talked to in the community have appealed for intensified security patrols to curb the high the levels of criminality within their vicinity.
The said gang is reported to have been carrying out similar attacks in the recent past.
KABWE HIGH COURT ORDERS RE-OPENING OF SONNETS BUS STATION
The Kabwe High Court has ordered Kabwe Council and State Police to stop blocking buses from operating from Sonnets Bus Station situated in Kabwe’s Marshal Avenue.
This followed a judicial review applicant made by Melodius Sonnets Food Industries Limited Managing Director Tutwa Ngulube.
According to a copy of the application for the judicial review, the order of leave also directs that leave shall operate as a stay of the decision.
On Tuesday, a combined team of council and state police swung into action and shut-down sonnets bus station for alleged failure to possess an operating license.
TWO PEOPLE CHEAT DEATH IN A ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN KABWE
Two people have narrowly escaped death in a road traffic accident that occurred in Kabwe at the junction of Chilufya Katebe and Ghana roads.
The accident happened at about 11:40 hours on Monday 7th May, 2018 involving a Mercedes Benz registration number AHB 1778 which was being driven from west to east direction by Thomas Muwowo junior collided with an on-coming Mitsubishi canter registration number bag 3582 which was being driven in the northern direction by Teddy Nasilele.
It is believed that the driver of the canter failed to give way to the Benz which had the right way, hence the mishap.
OPPOSITION MMD DESCRIBES THE IMPASSE BETWEEN PRINCE CHILESHE AND TUTWA NGULUBE AS LAUGHABLE
The opposition MMD has laughed at the seemingly prolonged feud between Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe and Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube.
Commenting on the recent counter reactions between the two leaders MMD Central Province Chairperson George Kangwa says it is childish of the two leaders to continue exhibiting hatred towards each other, as doing so will continually affect the delivery of service to the people.
He has counselled Chileshe and Ngulube to find common grounds and resolve their standoff.
CONCERNED KABWE RESIDENTS ISSUE A CRIME ALERT ABOUT A GANG OF THUGS TERRORISING LUKANGA RESIDENTS
Concerned residents of Kabwe have issued a crime alert about a notorious gang hibernating in the tall grass behind Kabwe Shopping Mall, which is said to be terrorizing community members in Lukanga and Mulungushi residential areas.
There has been a spate of break-ins in the past few days in Lukanga and Mulungushi residential areas by some suspected members of the gang who are alleged to be poisoning dogs in the area for them to freely carry out their criminal activities.
The residents have appealed to law enforcement agencies to extend both foot and motorized patrols in the area.
The residents led by former Kabwe Deputy Mayor and now UPND Kabwe Central Constituency Chairperson Macdonald Mwamba have since embarked on ambitious slashing the tall grass surrounding the mall.
The residents have since urged authorities in Kabwe to make it a point that the grass is cut, to beautify Kabwe town as it aspires for city status but to also rid the town of criminal elements.
When contacted by Knc news, Kabwe Mall Centre Manager Melvin Chilai expressed regret at the development and pledged to work closely with other stake holders such as the local authority to clean the environment at the mall for the benefit of all.
Kabwe mall has since engaged casual workers to slash the tall grass surrounding the newly opened mall.
GOVERNMENT RELEASES 1.6 MILLION KWACHA FOR RETIREES IN CENTRAL PROVINCE
Government has released a total of 1.6 million kwacha for the payment of retirees in Central Province.
This follows various complaints from the retirees who have been calling on government to pay them terminal benefits which has been owed to them for a number of years.
And announcing the development, Central Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe has indicated that the province is yet to be allocated another 2.7 million kwacha to exhaust the payment of the pensioners.
KAPIRI MPOSHI PREGNANT WOMAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE FOLLOWING A MARITAL QUARREL
A 32 year old 8 months pregnant Kapiri Mposhi woman has consumed 1 litre of paraffin in her alleged attempt to commit suicide.
The victim has been identified as Maureen Mwape of riverside area.
Investigations by Knc news revealed that Mwape took paraffin in an attempt to end her life and that of her unborn baby after her relatives accused her of having leaked information to her husband that she had recently undergone traditional cleansing a matter they sought to conceal.
The woman is currently admitted to Kapiri Mposhi District Hospital.
WORKERS COMMEMORATE LABOUR DAY WITH A CALL FOR IMPROVED CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Workers from both public and the private sector have joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Labour Day commemorated annually on 1st May.
Various activities across the country are underway to mark this year’s event, being celebrated under the theme: building partnerships for sustainable national development through decent job creation and social justice.
In Kabwe, the provincial capital for central province, workers from various institutions have gathered at the Godffery Chitalu Stadium to commemorate the remarkable occasion.
And gracing the occasion Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya reaffirmed government’s commitment to revamp industries in the district to create employment for the locals.
Dr. Noted that government is aware of the high levels of unemployment in Kabwe hence the efforts to reopen the closed industries.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chilufya has expressed disappointment at the poor attendance of the event by workers.
KAPIRI MPOSHI PASTOR DIES ON THE PULPIT IN THE MIDST OF DELIVERENCE SERVICE
A Kapiri Mposhi based Pastor has died on the pulpit whilst leading congregants in a Deliverance Church Service.
The deceased identified as Pastor Costa Kachinga aged 50 years of Pentecostal Evangelist Fellowship of Africa Church, died yesterday at about 14 hours.
Confirming the development in an interview with Knc News, family spokesperson Bishop Simon Kapenda who is also Pentecostal Evangelist Fellowship of Africa Church Bishop dispelled speculation that the clergy man died from an attack by demons provoked by the prayers.
He says contrary to the rumours the Man of God died of a natural cause.
Bishop Kapenda further described Pastor Kachinga’s death as a victory to the Christian Fraternity going by the manner he died.
The deceased’s body is currently lying in the Kapiri Mposhi District Hospital Mortuary awaiting burial.
CENTRAL PROVINCE MINISTER IN INDIA TO MARKET CENTRAL PROVINCE INVESTMENT EXPO
Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has arrived in Goa, India, for a five day working visit to market the Central Province Investment Expo set for October this year.
Speaking on arrival, Mushanga says he has followed up on 22 potential investors from Goa who were in Zambia under the Goa- Lusaka Trade and Tourism Mission organised by Zambia High Commission in India and Business Networking India- BNI apparent.
He says investors from Goa are aggressive because one of them has invested in a manganese processing plant in Kanona Area, Serenje District, while the other has invested in a pharmaceutical processing plant at the Lusaka south multi facility economic zone- MFEZ.
The Minister says he will go flat out to ensure that Central Province investment expo slated for 16 to 20th October 2018 results into actual investment in order to create employment for youths.
The Central Province Minister says his province is attractive for any investment because it is centrally located especially lying between Zambia's administrative capital Lusaka Province and the commercial hub, Copperbelt Province.
He says the province has secured vast land from traditional leaders for investment opportunities in mining, tourism, construction, education, transport, communications and especially value addition to the crops from small scale farmers.
Zambia's High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga says the mission in India will do everything possible to market the Central Province Investment Expo to other parts of India and countries of extra accreditation.
Kapijimpanga says the mission in India wants to fully actualize President Edgar Lungu's desire to promote economic diplomacy that results in tangible investments.
She says the recent state visit by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, which is the first time in three decades, has opened doors to get maximum benefits from the Asian sub continent's economic giant.
The Zambian top envoy to India has since praised Mushanga, his Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe and the Provincial Administration in general for being aggressive in their efforts of transforming central province.
This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in India, Bangwe Naviley.
CHING’OMBE WARD COUNCILLOR BEMOANS POOR ROADS
Ching’ombe Ward Councillor in Luano District Maybin Chisenga has bemoaned the poor state of the road from Mboroma leading to his ward.
Chisenga tells Knc news that the roads have become dilapidated due to heavy rains that were experienced in the area.
He says as a result of the bad roads, most public transporters are shunning servicing the route something which he says will greatly affect the transportation of farmer’s produce in the forth coming agricultural marketing season.
In related news, residents of Kapiri Mposhi want their township roads upgraded to bituminous standard.
Some residents talked to by Knc news are excited that selected township roads such as the ones in Matilyo and riverside areas have started receiving an overhaul as they are now being graded by the local authority.
KAPIRI RESIDENT ACCUSES SOME NGOs OF PROMOTING UNCHRISTIAN VALUES
A concerned resident of Kapiri Mposhi has accused some NGO’S in the area of promoting unchristian values such as homosexuality.
The alleged reports suggest that the said NGO’S have infiltrated the district and are going round registering individuals with mostly youths being the target group.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity has since called on well meaning Zambians to reject such NGO’S adding that it is high time people guard their national values considering that the country is anchored on a Christian foundation and principles.
UPND VICE PRESIDENT GEOFFREY MWAMBA PLEDGES TO ALLOW STREET VENDING ONCE ELECTED INTO OFFICE
Former street vendors in Kabwe have disowned the Patriotic Front Administration, which they have accused of being insensitive to the plight of ordinary Zambians.
The over two thousand former street vendors, who yesterday defected to the UPND from the ruling PF, vowed never to vote for the PF, in the next general elections.
Speaking during yesterday’s membership card renewal launch graced by Party President Hakainde Hichilema, the former street vendors further accused the ruling party of having lied to them through a lot of campaign promises, which have not been fulfilled when canvassing for votes during the 2016 general elections.
Meanwhile, UPND Vice-President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba assured the former street vendors that once ushered into office the UPND government will empower them with income generating activities, or allow them back on the streets.
KABWE COUNCIL CHALLENGED TO WORK ON ROADS AND DRAINAGES
Some Kabwe Residents have challenged the local municipal council to expeditiously work of the roads and drainage systems in the district.
Speaking to Knc news, the residents have accused the local authority of failing to provide a service to the people despite having pledged to improve the face of Kabwe town on a number of occasions.
They have charged that most roads in various areas are bad, thereby making it hard for people to make movements.
The residents have since appealed to the local authorities to consider working of the road and drainages now that the rainy season has come to an end.
When contacted for a comment Kabwe Town Clerk Ronald Daka says plans to work on all feeder roads are underway, stating that the council is currently discussing how the project will be undertaken.
LOOK INTO WELFARE OF CIRCUMSTANTIAL CHILDREN, URGES HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
A human rights activist has implored government to consider formulating a law that will look into the welfare of circumstantial children.
Gilbert Chisenga has told Knc news that lack of legislation to guide the country on how to take care of children born in prisons, has continued to affect the infants who are subjected to hostile conditions in the correctional facilities.
Chisenga has observed that the children are circumstantially born to incarcerated mothers a situation that does not make them prisoners, hence the need for better ways of taking care of them until their parents are freed.
He adds that children risk being psychologically affected if they are allowed to spend their infancy in prisons.
The human rights activist has since challenged Home Affairs Minister to propose a bill in parliament that will protect the circumstantial children.
TWELVE KABWE STREET VENDORS ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL TRADING
Twelve street vendors have been arrested in Kabwe for illegal street vending. The arrests were made between April first and thirteenth 2018.
Kabwe Town Clerk Ronald Daka has confirmed the development to Knc news in an exclusive interview.
Daka says the twelve are scheduled to appear in court soon.
He has emphasized that statutory instrument number 10 which bans street vending is in force, hence the need for the general public to adhere to the regulations and avoid taking the law for granted.
Commenting on the emergence of cholera in the district, the Kabwe Town Clerk has urged residents to maintain high standards of hygiene to avoid a further spread of the epidemic.
KABWE COUNCIL REFUTES TUTWA'S CLAIMS OF INJUNCTION RESTRAINING LUKANGA BUS CONSTRUCTION
Kabwe Town Clerk Ronald Daka has dispelled assertions by Kabwe Central PF Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube that there is an injunction by Lusaka High Court restraining the construction of Lukanga Bus Station.
Daka has told Knc news that the matter was in October last year thrown out of court, thereby allowing the local authority to continue with the development of the 22 million kwacha ultra modern inter city bus terminus.
The Town Clerk however said the council was still awaiting the court's determination on the matter where 26 Kabwe residents have through their lawyer Tutwa Ngulube of Messrs T.S Ngulube & Company appealed against the ruling by Lusaka High Court Judge Mathew Zulu, before the council can compensate the 26 Kabwe residents on whose business plots lie a portion of land where the bus station is being erected.
On Tuesday 11th April, lawyer representing the 26 Kabwe residents Tutwa Sandani Ngulube effected a citizens arrest on Stalwat Construction workers found on site executing works, citing court defiance.
CHIEF NGABWE APPEALS FOR REPAIR OF PONTOON
Chief Ngabwe of the Lenje People of Central Province has appealed to government to consider fixing the broken down pontoon to ease the movement of people in his Chiefdom.
The Chief has complained to Knc news that the relevant authorities have failed to repair the pontoon despite being aware of the prevailing situation.
The traditional leader adds that his subjects are forced to find risky alternatives such as substandard boats in order to cross the river which cuts across the chiefdom.
He has since pleaded with the relevant authorities to quickly address the matter.
MWAMBA BACKS CALLS FOR REGULATED STREET VENDING
UPND Kabwe Central Constituency Chairperson Macdonald Mwamba has backed calls by the Kabwe Central Member of Parliament for government to consider allowing regulated street vending in the country.
Speaking to Knc news, Mwamba, who is also former Kabwe Deputy Mayor says the country cannot run away from the fact that the ban on street vending has negatively affected the floor of money in circulation as well as the cost of living for many Zambians.
He says giving the vendors permission to trade in selected streets within specific days and hours will save many families from abject poverty.
But Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe has maintained that street vending remains banned, as long as the statutory instrument that was recently signed remains in force.
KABWE MAYOR PRINCE CHILESHE REAFFIRMS THE LOCAL AUTHORITY’S COMMITMENT TOWARDS DEVELOPING THE TOWN
Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe says it is disappointing that some sections of society are accusing the local authority of blocking development in the area.
Speaking when he officially opened the 7th ordinary full council meeting at the Civic Center this morning, Mayor Chileshe says the council remains committed to ensure that Kabwe residents receive their full share of development.
He has however indicated that the local authority will not be swayed by mere rhetoric or threats by people who he says want to gain political millage at individual level.
KABWE MP TUTWA NGULUBE PROPOSES THE REGULATION OF STREET VENDING
Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube has proposed that street vending be reinstated on condition that vendors are given strict guidelines to adhere to.
Government through the Ministry of Local Government earlier this year signed a statutory instrument banning street vending following a cholera outbreak that engulfed most parts of the country.
The Kabwe Central law maker has stated that authorities should consider rescinding the ban and allow people to trade within specific hours on weekends only, on condition that they clean up at close of business.
Ngulube has stated that although clean environments are a prerequisite, it should not be overrated to a point where it disadvantages Zambians who depend of vending for survival.
He has challenged authorities to reconsider the decision and allow regulated trade in collaboration with the vendors associations.
The Kabwe Central Parliamentarian made the proposal when he featured on Knc’s one on one live programme.
MKUSHI'S ITALA RESIDENTS CALL FOR INTENSIFIED NIGHT POLICE PATROLS
Residents of Mkushi’s Itala compound have reaffirmed calls on the Zambia Police Officers to conduct night patrols in the area.
The reiteration comes in the wake of increased criminal cases in the compound.
Speaking to Knc news, one of the residents has lamented that barely a day goes by without hearing of an attack on members of the community by suspected criminals.
He adds that the suspected thugs usually hide in bars pretending to be innocent patrons when infact not.
He is worried that if not addressed many people may lose both life and property.
IRATE PF KABWE CENTRAL PARLIAMENTARIAN CRACKS DOWN DEFIANT CONTRACTOR AT LUKANGA BUS STATION
Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube this morning swung into action and rounded up some workers of stalwart construction company who defied the High Court order by continuing with the construction of the 22 million kwacha Lukanga Bus Station.
Ngulube who made the unannounced check on the site found workers constructing the station going about their activities and confiscated their construction tools.
And when queried as to why the works had continued despite the court order against the construction, Site Foreman Patson Mbewe said he was aware of the court order but could not stop working unless under instruction from the contractor himself.
Ngulube in a telephone conversation ordered management at Kabwe Municipal Council to respect the law.
In January Lusaka High Court Judge Mathew Zulu in his ruling Judge Zulu granted an injunction restraining the Kabwe Municipal Council from proceeding with works at the new bus station until the matter was deposed off.
Meanwhile, the Kabwe law maker has disclosed that road construction and rehabilitation works in his area will commence on or before 1st May, 2018.
Ngulube says he is aware of the bad state of roads in various places in Kabwe Central and is committed to ensuring that the roads are worked on as soon as possible.
He has however blamed the Kabwe Municipal Council and the District Commissioner for the bad state of roads and underdevelopment in Kabwe District.