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HAILSTORMS WRECK MILOMBWE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Hail storms have continued to wreck havoc in Mkushi with Milombwe Primary School being the latest learning institution to be affected.
Milombwe Primary Parent Teachers Association – PTA- Chairperson Golden Musonko has confirmed the development to Knc that heavy rains experienced last night blew off 1 by 3 classroom block housing grades 7, 8 and 9.
The estimated cost of the damage is yet to be established after relevant authorities assess the damage.
District Development Coordinating Committee DDCC Chairperson Commissioner Luka Mwamba informed the committee that a total of 8 houses in Itala Compound and 4 bridges got damaged due to heavy rains this month.
MORAL DECAY AMONG YOUTHS WORRIES CHIEF MADZIMAWE
Senior Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people in Eastern Province has called for the introduction of moral guidance studies in learning institutions.
Speaking to Knc news Chief Madzimawe says the levels of immorality among young people in the country are alarming, which calls for serious interventions.
He says having moral guidance studies embedded in the education curriculum will help inculcate good behavior in the learners.
The traditional leader adds it is disheartening to note how young people disrespect elders and engage in illicit activities.
He has further called for the regulation of social media, saying it has also contributed to moral decay among young people.
GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF FOREST RESERVES
Government has reiterated the importance of conserving the country’s forests.
Speaking when he officiated at the commemoration of this year’s International Day of Forests held at Kabwe’s Makululu Secondary School yesterday, Kabwe District commissioner Dominic Mulenga says government attaches great importance to the sustenance of the forests because they are not only important to the eco-system but are also a source of employment both in the formal and informal sectors.
Commissioner Mulenga, who is also Central Province acting Permanent Secretary, adds that Zambia, just like many other countries relies on forests for economic development.
He has disclosed that government is also working with Traditional Leaders and Non-governmental Organizations among other stakeholders to ensure that adequate sensitizations on the importance of trees are conducted in all parts of the country.
The District Commissioner further led the planting of various tree species at Makululu Secondary School.
Speaking earlier, Central Province Forestry Department Officer Odilia Longe underscored the department’s resolve to maximize the potential of forests and reverse the trend of deforestation which currently stands around three hundred thousand hectares every year.
Longe further appealed for concerted efforts to curb deforestation which if not addressed may jeopardize the country’s future.
Wild Life and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia Kabwe Branch Coordinator Richard Mwamba stated that the International Day of Forests provides a platform for sensitizations on the need to conserve and preserve the natural resource.
This year’s International Day of Forests was commemorated under the theme; forests and sustainable cities.
MKUSHI BOY DIES AFTER A PIT LATRINE WALL COLLAPSES ON HIM
A 5- year- old child has died in Mkushi after the walls of a pit latrine collapsed on him, whilst answering to the call of nature.
The deceased identified as Radford Mwaba was in the company of two other children who were waiting to use the same toilet when tragedy struck around 17:00 hrs in Kankomba Area of Itala Compound, yesterday.
Violet Nawelwa who was in the house when the incident happened narrated the ordeal to Knc news.
Mother to the deceased Maureen Mwaba has disclosed how she arrived home to find community members at her house mourning and is appealing to well wishers to help her accord her son a decent burial.
The body of the late Radford is lying in Mkushi District Mortuary awaiting burial.
WOMENFOLK ACROSS THE WORLD GEAR UP TO COMMEMORATE WOMEN’S DAY
Women in Mkushi District have pledged to assist their counterparts with basic needs such as food stuffs, as one way of commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day, which falls tomorrow.
International Women’s Day is a global day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
This year’s women’s day will be commemorated under the theme: Time is now rural and urban activists transforming women's lives.
LUANO IN NEED OF RELIEF FOOD
Luano’s Mwalala Ward Councilor Mejas Mumpampa is urging government to quickly send relief food to Luano Valley to avert the looming hunger situation, which has resulted from the flash floods that have swept away food crops in farmer’s fields.
Councilor Mumpampa has told Knc news in interview in Luano that the most affected area in Chief Chembe’s Chiefdom is Mubo.
He says school going children at Chembe Primary School and other community schools have stopped going to school for fear of being attacked by crocodiles that have come on the surface.
CHIEF KAUNDULA OF LUANO STRANDED IN MASANSA AFTER FALLING TO CROSS NKOMASHI RIVER
Chief Kaundula of Luano District is reportedly stranded in Masansa, after failing to cross Nkomashi River, due to the absence of a bridge.
The bridge on Nkomashi River collapsed in February last year.
Chief Kaundula has in an interview with Knc news accused government of neglecting the people of Luano as evidenced by its failure to construct a bridge at Nkomashi River despite repeated appeals by people in the area.
HEAVY RAINS LEAVE A MKUSHI FAMILY HOMELESS
A Mkushi family has been left homeless after their house collapsed due to heavy rains experienced between Sunday and the early hours of Monday.
Knc news crew that rushed to Itala Compound found the affected family watching their collapsed house helplessly as Margaret Muleya struggled to explain the predicament her family has found itself in.
49 year old Evelyn Daka also of Itala Compound has had her house partly collapsed and is since appealing for assistance from well wishers.
The Disaster Management Mitigation Unit-DMMU in Mkushi has since visited the affected families and donated building materials to help rebuild the collapsed houses.
FISHERMEN IN ITEZHI-TEZHI CRY FOUL AFTER GOVERNMENT’S EXTENSION OF THE FISH BAN
Fishermen in Itezhi tezhi have described as “pure torture” the latest decision by government to extend the fish ban.
A community representative Daniel Chiyakayaka, aged 70, tells Knc news that the majority population depends on fishing for survival and the prolonged fish ban will negatively affect many households.
Chiyakayaka says several pupils have stopped going to school because most of their parents are fishermen.
The senior citizen cried to government to revisit its decision.
HEADMAN BEMOANS INCREASED EARLY MARRIAGE CASES IN CHIEF MBOROMA'S CHIEFDOM
A Traditional Leader in Mboroma’s Chiefdom in Luano has bemoaned the increased cases of early marriages in the area.
Simon Mwila, a village Headman says most girls in Mboroma Chiefdom are dropping out of school at a tender age in order to get married.
Speaking when Luano District Commissioner Christopher Chibuye visited the chiefdom, Mwila emphasized the need for Government to put stringent measures aimed at reducing cases of early marriages in the area.
Luano District Commissioner Christopher Chibuye has warned of stern action against those that will be found marrying off their children at a tender age.
The Luano DC has since promised to embark on sensitization programmes in Chief Mboroma’s Area, aimed at educating community members on the dangers of early marriages.
RANDY HEALTH STAFF HARASSES FEMALE PATIENTS IN KAPIRI MPOSHI
Female patients seeking medical attention at Mulungwe Rural Health Center are alleged to have been sexually harassed by a named health worker.
Confirming the development to KNC news Kalwa Civic Leader Gerald Manda has said he is disappointed with the unprofessional conduct of the health worker who has since been transferred elsewhere.
Councilor Manda is appealing to Mkushi District Health Management Office to discipline the named officer to deter would be offenders other than transferring him as it's not a solution to the problem.
KAPIRI MPOSHI BUS STATION IN DIRE NEED OF PUBLIC TOILETS
Calls for a public toilet at the Kapiri Mposhi Main Town Centre Bus station have intensified.
This follows yesterday's incident at 09:00hrs where a man who was enroute to Lusaka from the Copperbelt on a Euro Bus failed to hold his bowls and publicly messed himself up after learning that Kapiri Mposhi Bus Station had no place of convenience.
A Knc news crew caught up with onlookers who expressed regret over what happened and have since appealed to the relevant bodies to table the matter with the seriousness it deserves.
REOPENING OF MULUNGUSHI TEXTILES A ‘NON STARTER’- SAYS CHIFITA
The much anticipated reopening of Mulungushi Textiles in Kabwe is a “non starter” says the company’s former Deputy General Manager, Albert Chifita.
Chifita tells KNC News that there is no political will to re-operationalize the textile firm because most of the requirements to reopen it have not been put in place.
He is saddened that all that has remained of the once viable textile industry is just a shell with obsolete machinery that needs to be replaced at a very huge cost before government dreams of reopening it.
ROAD REPAIRS CHEER PF YOUTHS IN KABWE
Patriotic Front-PF Youths in Kabwe District have welcomed the move by Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube to engage youths and women in the repair of roads in his constituency.
Pf Kabwe District Youth Chairperson Luckson Mafoko says the move will empower the youth with some financial assistance that they can use to better their living.
Mafoko is optimistic that the repair works will bring to end complaints of roads being in a dilapidated state and also address the challenge of poor drainage in the area.
Meanwhile, the move taken by the Road Development Agency and Kabwe Municipal Council to patch potholes from Moyo Farms in Kabwe to Chibombo District has been welcomed by motorists.
SIX PUPILS DROWN IN A SMALL LAKE IN SERENJE
Six pupils have drowned in a small lake at Kachipapa Farm in Serenje District.
Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga, confirmed the development to KNC news.
Mushanga has described the drowning of the six young pupils as a big loss to the bereaved families and the government.
He said the accident happened on Friday around 15:00 hrs after a motorised boat belonging to a white farmer they were in capsized in the middle of the lake.
The Provincial Minister said the bodies of the victims have not yet been retrieved but the search by the police and the fire brigade in the area has been intensified.
He urged the bereaved families to remain calm and seek God’s face during the difficult time.
The Minister has assured the affected families of government support.
PERCEIVED COMMENCEMENT OF POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS OUTSIDE OUR JURISDICTION-ECZ
The Electoral Commission of Zambia says it has taken note of the sentiments made through the media about the commencement of political campaigns by some political parties.
The commission states that section 28 of the electoral process act of 2016 provides that “the campaign period shall commence and close on such dates as the commission may determine.”
The commission has therefore stated that it has no jurisdiction to regulate any political activities outside the official campaign period as stipulated by law.
Commission’s Spokesperson Magaret Chimanse has advised that all matters relating to political activities outside the prescribed campaign period are supposed to be managed by relevant law enforcement agencies that have the mandate to maintain law and order under the public order act, cap 113.
FIFTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD KABWE WOMAN SURVIVES ATTACK BY SUSPECTED WILD DOG
A 58-year-old woman of Makupu in Kabwe’s Bwacha Constituency, is recovering from bites she sustained after been bitten by a suspected wild dog.
The victim identified as Beatrice Muntanga narrated to KNC News that the suspected wild dog bit her on the lower back in the early evening of Sunday 4th February 2018, as she was preparing supper. The animal was later killed and buried by community members.
Muntanga who is currently receiving anti rabies treatment pleaded the Department of National Parks and wildlife to visit the area and crop down the population of the said animals, which are reported to be terrorizing people and their livestock.
When reached for a comment, the office of the Provincial Warden at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife has advised communities to report any case of human animal conflict, stating that it has been mandated by government to protect both human and wildlife, including property.
The department cited some of the common problematic wildlife species in Kabwe, as monkeys, baboons, wild dogs and bush pigs.
PUPILS IN ITEZHI-TEZHI ABANDON SCHOOLS TO BECOME FISHERMEN
Pupils in Itezhi-tezhi District are reportedly dropping out of school in preference to being fishermen.
The district is known for its fishing activities and it now seems the lucrative fishing business is attracting school going children, including those in primary schools, to venture into small scale fishing.
A Teacher in the area, Bornwell Nzala tells Knc News that it is saddening to see how the school going children and their parents devalue education.
The concerned tutor has since asked the district leadership in Itezhi-tezhi to quickly arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.
NKOMASHI RIVER BURSTS
Nkomashi River in Luano District has burst its banks, following strong currents resulting from torrential rains experienced in the last 72 hours.
Chief kaundula of luano district has since repeated his appeals to government to repair nkomashi bridge was washed away by heavy currents last year in january.
Public transporters in the area who echoed the chief’s sentiment have accused the government of neglecting them.
KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY LECTURERS DEMAND PAY, THREATEN TO DOWN TOOLS
Some Lecturers at Kwame Nkrumah University have demanded to be paid their outstanding allowances, under the Distance Education Programme.
The Lecturers are seeking audience with University Management to resolve the matter before the institution re-opens soon.
A representative of the lecturers is optimistic that the matter will be resolved amicably.
When reached to comment on the matter Kwame Nkrumah University Vice-Chancellor Professor Hellicy Ng’ambi told Knc News that the delay in paying allowances was as a result of some discrepancies discovered in the lecturer’s claims.
Professor Ngambi says management decided to take the claims to the institutions auditors who confirmed the discrepancies and later sent the claims to the Dean’s office.
Professor Nga’mbi has however assured the lecturers that once verification is received from the Dean’s office; affected lecturers will be paid their dues.
Professor Ng’ambi has meanwhile said that Nkrumah University will only re-open after authorities are satisfied with the on-going rehabilitations at the institutions to correct the sanitary concerns raised by health authorities, in the wake of the cholera outbreak.
KAPIRI MPOSHI DRAFT PLAYER CALLS FOR SUPPORT TOWARDS THE SPORT
A Draft Player in Kapiri Mposhi has called for support towards the sports of Drafts.
Emmanuel Tembo urged government to consider giving more support also to other perceived minor sporting disciplines such as Drafts and Chess adding that these kinds of sports have the potential to take the country to greater heights.
A Knc News Crew caught up with Tembo at a centre within the central business district were a number of youths were seen trooping and queuing up just to play the sport.
In other news, National Rugby League Champions Red Arrows are in South Africa for an eight-day pre-season training session.
The Zambia Airforce sponsored outfit will be seeking to bag its sixth NRL Title on a trot this season.
Arrows Team Manager Evans Kabaso said from Pretoria that the 36 member team is expected to play two friendlies.
BUILD US A FOOTBRIDGE-MKUSHI RESIDENTS
Some concerned pedestrians using the footbridge leading to and from Mkushi Boma combined school are appealing to relevant authorities to consider constructing a proper bridge to avoid accidents.
The footbridge which lies across the Chibefwe Stream is frequently used by school going children and other pedestrians.
CENTRAL PROVINCE MINISTER SYDNEY MUSHANGA EMPOWERS CITIZENS
Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has empowered citizens with bicycles and money.
Mushanga in his capacity as Area Member of Parliament donated 8 humber bicycles to 'Insaka Yaba Shitata' mens group and gave K10,000 cash to 5 women's groups in his constituency, as empowerment.
Mushanga has advised fellow elected leaders not to lose touch with the people who voted them into office.
Mushanga who is also PF Bwacha Constituency Member of Parliament gave the advise when he addressed a community gathering in Makululu.
The Minister noted that it is saddening to hear reports of some elected leaders abandoning their electorates after being ushered into office.
He also took a swipe at the opposition leaders who only resurface during elections.
SEVERAL FAMILIES IN MAKULULU HOMELESS AFTER HEAVY DOWNPOUR
Tragedy has befallen several families of Kabwe’s Makululu squatter settlement after their houses collapsed due to the heavy rains.
Area Councilor Victor Kolala has confirmed to Knc News that several families in Zambia’s largest Shanty Compound have been left homeless after their houses crumbled due to the heavy downpour.
Councillor Kolala could however not disclose how many structures were damaged as they were still assessing the situation and receiving reports.
Meanwhile, Residents of Makululu Compound in Kabwe are cheered by government’s decision to allow the health facility operate 24 hours a day.
Makululu Ward Development Committee Vice Chairperson Royd Nshebele has revealed that the construction of a guard house is underway.
Nshebele stated that the lives of Makululu Residents will be improved as they will access the health facility at any time including at night during emergencies.
The representative further thanked everyone taking part to ensure that the work is completed.
COMPLETION OF KAWAMA BRIDGE CHEERS MKUSHI RESIDENTS
THE OPPOSITION QUESTIONS THE RULING PF’S SINCERITY ON ITS PRO-POOR POLICIES
Opposition National Democratic Congress-NDC Party has accused the PF run administration of discarding its pro-poor policies thereby abandoning the Zambian populace.
Speaking during Tuesday’s edition of Knc Radio’s One on One news and current affairs program, NDC National Spokesperson Eric Chanda says it is regrettable that the poverty situation in the country has worsened ever since 2011 when the PF assumed power.
During the same program, Chanda disclosed that outspoken Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili will lead the NDC Party to victory in 2021.
KAPIRI MPOSHI PARLIAMENTARIAN CALLS FOR THE PRUDENT UTILISATION OF PUBLIC RESOURCES
Kapiri Mposhi Central UPND Member of Parliament Stanley Kakubo has called for prudent management and accountability of resources among school authorities.
Kakubo explained that the CDF moneys was not adequate enough to cater for all pressing challenges hence stated that the funds will be utilised in the best possible manner to first address critical challenges such as those hiccups affecting the educational infrastructure in his constituency.
He also committed to supporting the expansion of lubuto primary school where another 1 by 3 classroom block is under construction.
And Lubuto Primary School Headteacher Christopher Kalaila thanked the lawmaker for having visited the school to acquaint himself with challenges the school was grappling with.
A SHORTAGE OF MEALIE-MEAL HITS KABWE, AS PRICES OF THE STAPLE COMMODITY RISE
A shortage of mealie-meal is looming in Kabwe.
A check by Knc News this morning revealed that most wholesale and retail outlets, had run out of the staple commodity.
Some Kabwe residents this morning trooped to the National Miling Store on Mumbuna Crescent which had enough stock of its Mothers Pride brand.
Breakfast mealie-meal prices last week rose from K66 per 25 kilogramme bag, to K71.
The Zambia National Farmers Union-ZNFU has predicted reduced maize yields from last year’s 3.3 million metric tonnes, owing to the dry spell being experienced in some parts of the country.
MKUSHI MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR 6 MONTHS FOR STEALING A CHICKEN
A 24 year old man of Chitina Area in Mkushi has been convicted for stealing a chicken.
Appearing before Mkushi Magistrate Court was Mike Chisenga who pleaded guilty to the charge of 1 count of theft; contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The accused on 28th January this year around 22 hrs did steal a chicken valued at K50 property of Medson Mutema who gave chase and apprehended the accused after hearing noise coming from the chicken house and discovering that one chicken was missing.
The accused was later convicted and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour effective day of arrest after careful consideration of his mitigation and plea of guilt.
FISHERIES DEPARTMENT CONFISCATES FISH FROM KAPIRI MPOSHI TRADERS
The Fisheries Department in Kapiri Mposhi has confiscated over 260 kilograms of fish species in an operation.
Meanwhile, the affected fish traders have accused the Department of Fisheries of being selective in the matter they carry out their operations.
Fish traders at Tambalale Market also lamented that it was unfair for the Fisheries Department to seize their fish stock instead of the department targeting the source or their suppliers.
Kapiri Mposhi District Assistant Fisheries Officer Henry Ikafa refuted the traders' claims that the department was being selective in the manner it was confiscating the fish.
PRESIDENT LUNGU DISAPPOINTED WITH STALLED WORKS IN CHIBOMBO
President Edgar Lungu is deeply disturbed that some development projects have stalled, in Chibombo District.
Among the projects which have stalled include, the construction of a police station which was started in 2015.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has taken a swipe at opposition UPND Keembe Member of Parliament Princess Kasune Zulu whom he accused of failing the people of Keembe by shunning to work closely with the PF Administration, in fostering development in the area.
The President emphasized the need for all elected leaders to put their personal and political interests aside and prioritize development.
Knc’s Benny Munyama reports that the Head of State sounded the remarks when he inspected the construction site for the Chibombo Police Station.
LUANSANSE PF COUNCILOR CONDEMNS ENEMIES OF DEVELOPMENT
Luansanse Ward Councillor Godrich Machuta is calling for the arrest of individuals who are inciting the community of Kafulamase to rise against the PF government and its development agenda.
Councilor Machuta tells Knc News that it is unfair that efforts being made by the local leadership to take development to Luansanse are being deliberately frustrated by some named selfish individuals in the area.
In related news, the anticipated community sensitization meeting that was scheduled for yesterday between Kafulamase Residents and a joint team of officers from the Kabwe Municipal Council and the Ministry of Lands was postponed to a later date.
Kabwe Municipal Council Public Relations Officer Kabaenda Makwele confirmed the development to Knc News.
Makwele explained that the main reason for the postponement is that most of the stakeholders spearheading the planned community sensitization meeting had traveled to join President Edgar Lungu’s entourage during his working visit in Chisamba.
PRESIDENT LUNGU CALLS ON THE OPPOSITION TO PARTNER WITH GOVERNMENT IN FOSTERING DEVELOPMENT
President Edgar Lungu has called on Traditional Leaders to help in ensuring that the opposition work with government to foster development in all parts of the country.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Chieftainess Mungule this morning, the head of state regretted that most members of parliament who are in the strongholds of the opposition are refrained by their party leaders to approach government with challenges people face in their areas in order to have them addressed.
President Lungu noted that the challenges that people face across the country are beyond politics hence the need for government and members of parliament from the opposition to work together.
And Chieftainess Mungule expressed gratitude to the head of state for constructing a road in the area.
She noted that the road will help open up the area to various economic activities that will foster development and eventually uplift the living standards of the people.
The Chieftainess also commended the head of state for his commitment to ensuring that the cholera epidemic is contained.
President Lungu will during his 2 day tour of Central Province expected to inspect development projects and address party members before departing for Lusaka tomorrow.
G3 SECURITY GUARDS IN KABWE WITHDRAW LABOUR DEMANDING 5 MONTHS SALARY ARREARS
Security guards engaged by G3 Security Company in Kabwe this morning abandoned their beats, as a way of pressing their employer to pay them their five months salary arrears.
The irate workers who matched to the labour office accused bosses of being insensitive to their welfare.
They wondered how their employer expects them to survive and continue offering labour, amid the country’s harsh economic situation.
The watchmen have since urged government to intervene in the matter.
When reached to comment on the matter, G3 Security Chief Executive Officer Mr. Anderson said his office was in engagement with the labour office in dealing with the matter.
Anderson nevertheless attributed the failure to pay workers to some financial challenges his firm was facing as a result of some clients failing to pay for services provided by the security firm.
UPND KABWE DISTRICT YOUTH CHAIRPERSON AHMED LUBINGA ACQUITTED
The Kabwe High Court has acquitted UPND Kabwe District Youth Chairperson Ahmed Lubinga of the charge of attempted murder.
Kabwe High Court Judge in Charge Charles Zulu yesterday freed Lubinga together with his co-accused Neil Haacholi.
Judge Zulu has however found UPND acting Kabwe District Youth Treasurer Joseph Mwiinga, with a case to answer and has since been put on his defence after establishing a prima facie case against him.
The trio Ahmed Lubinga, Neil Haacholi and Joseph Mwiinga were on 27th June 2016 arrested and jointly charged for attempting to murder a Patriotic Front cadre Solomon Mumba.
This happened during political campaigns in the run up to the 11th August 2016 general elections.
Speaking to Knc News shortly after his acquittal, the UPND Kabwe District Youth Leader Ahmed lubinga thanked all those that supported him during his incarceration.
FIFTY-EIGHT PASSENGERS CHEAT DEATH IN MKUSHI ROAD ACCIDENT
Fifty-eight passengers cheated death after a Traveller Bus they travelling in collided with a Hiace mini-bus on the Great North Road, in Mkushi.
The accident happened around 09:00 yesterday, at Kasokota.
The Higer Bus registration number BAA 6238 belonging to the P. Mwansa fleet was enroute to Samfya from Lusaka while the Hiace mini-bus was heading towards Kabwe.
Some injured passengers are admitted to Mkushi District Hospital where they are receiving medical care.
Driver of the higher bus narrated to Knc how the accident happened.
KABWE MP GIVES COUNCIL 30 DAY ULTIMATUM TO REHABILITATE MARKETS
Marketeers at both Kachulu and Kamanda Markets in Kabwe Central Constituency want their trading places developed into modern ones.
The traders want this to be done by providing the markets with proper shelter and sanitary facilities.
They made their concerns known when Area Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube toured the markets.
Responding to the concerns, the Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube who donated ten thousand kwacha (K10, 000) to marketeers at Kachulu Market said he will engage the Kabwe Municipal Council on the need to improve the conditions at the markets.
Ngulube has since given the local authority a 30 days ultimatum to improve the markets, failure to which he will facilitate rehabilitation works using constituency development funds-CDF.
LUANO GETS MINING INVESTOR
Luano District Council Chairman Gabriel Mwami has revealed that South Africa’s Aural Mining Firm has expressed interest to tap into the newly created district’s mining potential.
Rev. Mwami tells Knc News that government in Luano stands ready to work with the investor in developing the lucrative mining sector.
He wishes that authorities could expedite the process of issuing investors with mining licences.
The Luano Council Chairperson is further appealing to other already established mining firms to consider investing in Luano.
Aural Mining Company Foreman, Francis Mutale tells Knc News that the company has so far employed 12 locals and would employ more local young people once mining operations are in full swing.
The locals are happy with this investment which will accord them employment opportunities.
'WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED'-LABOUR UNIONS
Labour unions at three major public universities in Zambia have charged that no amount of intimidation or scare tactics from government will stop them from airing their grievances.
In a joint statement, the academic unions at the Copperbelt University, Mulungushi University and University of Zambia condemned threats by government to deregister the CBU Academic Union for merely demanding for the removal of CBU Vice Chancellor Prof. Naison Ngoma.
Presenting the joint statement at a media briefing in Kabwe yesterday, the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union-President, Dr. Evans Lampi accused the state of trying to get rid of the union movement in public learning institutions.
The three labor unions also had demands to make after government line ministries shunned a scheduled meeting with them in Kabwe.
LUANO DISTRICT IN DIRE NEED OF RELIEF FOOD
Hunger is looming in Chief Mbosha’s Chiefdom in Luano Valley.
Chief Mboshya tells Knc News that the hunger situation will be worsened by the partial drought been experienced in most parts of the country.
The Traditional Leader has appealed to government to urgently send relief food to the affected communities.
Luano district commissioner Christopher Chibuye tells Knc News in a separate interview that plans are underway to arrest the looming hunger situation.
Meanwhile, the difficulty in accessing clean drinking water is forcing people in Luano’s Nkomashi Area to share water sources with domestic animals such as cattle, pigs and goats.
Area Councillor Goliath Kapembwa tells Knc News that the prevailing water situation posing a serious health risk.
The civic leader attributed the water problems to the continued dry spell being experienced in most parts of the country.
He is pleading with local authorities in Luano to erect more water points in Nkomashi Ward to arrest the nagging water challenges in the area.
SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSERS WARNED OF STERN ACTION
The Ministry of General Education in Central Province has dispelled as false and misleading, a post on social media that the 2017 Grade 12 results have been nullified due to alleged widespread malpractice.
Central Province Education Director Jennipher Chishimba Banda has urged members of the public to ignore the forged document purported to have been released by the Ministry.
Speaking when she featured on Knc’s news and current affairs programme dubbed 1 on 1 live, this morning, Chishimba Banda says the document is a product of the abuse of the social media.
The PEO has warned those abusing the digital space of the wrath of the law if found wanting.
KABWE WARRIORS ENGAGE TENANT
Kabwe Warriors Football Club have appointed former Napsa Head Coach and under 23 National Team Assistant Coach Tenant Chilumba as new Head Coach.
Chilumba’s appointment was announced last evening by Kabwe Warriors Football Club Chairman, Hayden Dingwall, following interviews held in Kabwe yesterday.
Dingwall said Chilumba will add value to Kabwe Warriors because of his immense experience in football coaching.
Chilumba replaces Elijah Chikwanda who has been Kabwe Warriors Coach since July 2017.
The new Kabwe Warriors Committee was appointed last Thursday with Kabwe businessman, Hayden Dingwall retained as chairman.
This is according to a statement made available to Knc news by Zambia Railways Spokesperson Caristo Chitamfya.
MWANZA DEFECTS TO PF
Outspoken opposition Forum for Democracy and Development-FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has ditched his party to join the ruling Patriotic Front-PF Party.
Mwanza announced his defection at the Pf Party Secretariat in Lusaka this morning.
Welcoming Mwanza to the ruling party, PF National Youth Chairperson Stephen Kampyongo said Mwanza has made the right decision to join the ruling party which is in dire need of more members.
Mwanza was received by party Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri, PF National Youth Chairperson Stephen Kampyongo and Media Director Sunday Chanda.
In other news, PF National Youth Chairperson Stephen Kampyongo who is also Home Affairs Minister has dismissed as total fabrication-social media reports that opposition UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema has been arrested by police in Lusaka.
Kampyongo has questioned the motive behind such lies.
OPPOSITION NDC CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO REMOVE VENDORS FROM THE STREETS
Opposition National Democratic Congress –NDC- Secretary General Mwenya Musenge has described as insensitive the ruling PF's action to remove vendors from streets across the country.
Musenge charged that the newly formed NDC political party is rapidly spreading its wings to all corners of the country -adding that NDC will defeat the PF in 2021.
The NDC Secretary General said this when he visited Kapiri Mposhi for a party mobilisation exercise.
During the gathering, Kapiri Mposhi district PF Youth Chairperson Derrick Mataka is reported to have defected to the NDC alongside some members of the opposition FDD and ruling PF.
Other defectors included FDD Kapiri Mposhi District Chairlady Doreen Chuushi and FDD Provincial Chairperson Patrick Dube Tembo.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Tembo said the defectors have realized the PF was driving Zambians in the wrong direction hence their decision to join the NDC.
Newly appointed Kapiri Mposhi District PF Youth Chairperson Brian Nkolola has described as shameful that Mataka was masquerading as a PF Youth Official when in fact not.
In a telephone interview with Knc news, Nkolola described NDC Secretary General Mwenya Musenge, as an irresponsible politician.
DISPLACED KAPIRI MPOSHI STREET VENDORS PROTEST OVER TRADING SPACES
Kapiri Mposhi street vendors protest over trading spaces.
The vendors have complained of delaying them in allocating them spaces at riverside market adding that two weeks has already been lost when they have to raise monies for their school going children.
And confusion erupted at 10:00hrs just outside Kapiri District Council when the group from market committee attempted to enter the council office premises but was blocked and accused them of charging K200 per stand.
A Knc News Crew which was present at the scene captured the commotion.
The irate vendors were later accorded entrance into the council chamber for a round table meeting after forcing pressure on management.
Kapiri Mposhi Council Public Relations Officer Chris Mulaliki spoke to Knc news advising the vendors to get to designated places citing riverside market as one marketplace where they have been relocated.
LEADERSHIP WRANGLES IN THE OPPOSITION MMD PERSIST
MMD die-hard Youths National Coordinator Gerald Chiluba has warned the Dr. Nevers Mumba’s faction group to stop bringing the leadership of the party into disrepute.
Chiluba says the former ruling party youths will not condone the continued attacks of their leadership and that they will mercilessly deal with anyone who will attempt to attack the party secretariat.
He says MMD is a law driven political party which consistently adheres to the provisions of its party constitution, therefore any unlawful attacks and malicious statements against our leadership will not be condoned by the youths of the great party.
Chiluba further adds that his party’s intra party democracy will not be derailed by selfish individuals who want to use it for personal gains.
He added that the party will continue to reorganize and ensure that it adds value to the governance of the country.
Chiluba says the party will not be distracted from its mandate of continuing to rejuvenate and reposition itself to contribute effectively to the governance and provide credible checks and balances as the party is now more alive and vibrant like never before.
SUSPECTED WITCH CRASH LANDS IN KAPIRI MPOSHI
A suspected witch has crash landed in Kapiri Mposhi in broad day light.
The suspected old woman of an unknown age is reported to have come from Kabwe as she unfortunately crash landed in Matilyo Compound on Monday at 18:00hrs at a place adjacent to named grocery store.
After the community learnt of what had happened, they quickly mobilized themselves in a bid to lynch the old woman but she was however whisked away to safety by the Community Crime Prevention Unit and later dragged to police main station where she is currently detained.
And an eye witness from the neighbourhood watch narrates the incident to Knc News.
STREET VENDORS REMOVED FROM THE STREETS IN KAPIRI MPOSHI THREATEN TO PROTEST
Traders conducting business along Kapiri Mposhi’s turn off have threatened to protest against their removal from their trading point.
The angered traders lamented that their marketplace had become a white elephant hence making it impossible for them to trade from their incomplete market structure adding that one other essential missing component is the absence of a toilet.
The aggrieved marketeers at turn off market have further vowed to face the state and council police head-on should the two law enforcers continue with what they termed as perpetual harassment on them.
They have since called on government to reverse its decision saying they too will help in maintaining hygiene best practices.
The traders voiced their displeasure to Knc News.
Narep Provincial Youth Chairperson Mustofah Mukuka has appealed to relevant authorities to seriously look into the issue of turn off market which he says has for a long time been neglected.
MARKETEERS IN MKUSHI APPEAL FOR EMPOWERMENT
A Civic Leader in Luano District has thanked Mkushi South Member of Parliament Davies Chisopa for empowering women at old Mkushi Market.
Kamimbya Ward Councillor Isaac Tembo’s remarks come after Mkushi South Member of Parliament Davis Chisopa empowered 50 women at old Mkushi Market with K200 cash each.
Councilor Tembo has since appealed to the patron of the presidential empowerment programme to extend the gesture to Mkushi district.
CIVIL SOCIETY QUESTIONS THE DECLARATION OF A WEEK OF NATIONAL PRAYERS AGAINST CHOLERA
Some Civil Society Organizations have castigated the state for declaring a week of National Prayers and Fasting for rains and against cholera.
A consortium of more than 14 Civil Society Organizations, calling itself Zitukule, has through its Executive Director Nicholas Phiri charged that the call for prayers in the wake of a cholera outbreak is a mockery to God and must be reversed.
In a related story, Clergymen have been told not to cry over losing tithes following government's decision to limit number of hours for Church gatherings.
Kapiri Mposhi Redemption Evangelistic General Church overseer Bishop Alinan Mulenga begged his fellow Men of God to bear in mind that life is precious to be easily lost due to cholera adding that the measure taken by government is meant for the good of every citizen in view of the cholera outbreak recorded in some parts of the country.
Bishop Mulenga also advised those politicizing the cholera epidemic to desist from doing so and instead urged them to bring to the table solutions.
He further castigated Men of God complaining about government's move to put the interest of their congregants first rather than championing their personal interest.
Bishop Mulenga has since sympathized with government describing the move as one of the best preventive measure if the pandemic is to be speedily eradicated.
He said this in a media statement issued to KNC News.
KAPIRI MPOSHI MAN HAS COMMITTED TO THE HIGH COURT FOR DEFILING HIS STEP DAUGHTER
Kapiri Mposhi Magistrate Brenda Chiganda has committed a 29 –year- old man to the high court for sentencing for defiling his 10 –year- old step daughter.
Before Magistrate Chiganda was William Misepo of Chibwelelo Area who voluntarily pleaded guilty to the offence of defilement of a 10- year- old step daughter.
Particulars of the offence are that Misepo on 18th December 2017 did have carnal knowledge of the minor contrary to section 138 of the laws of Zambia.
According to a statement of facts, Misepo caught by his wife committing the offence.
Medical examination conducted on the minor was consistent to the charge.
And in mitigation, the accused asked for forgiveness shocking the court saying he was in a drunken state hence mistaking her daughter for his wife.
He further put the blame on his wife whom she accused of perpetually denying him his conjugal rights thus performing the sexual act on the daughter.
TUTWA FILES INJUNCTION
Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Sandani Ngulube has filed an injunction in the Kabwe High Court, restraining the Patriotic Front from suspending him from the ruling party.
In the writ of summons filed in the Kabwe High Court registry yesterday, obtained by KNC News, Ngulube has sued Chanda Mutale as the first defendent in his capacity as central province acting PF Chairperson and Davis Mwila as the second defendant.
Ngulube who is represented by his law firm Messrs Tutwa Ngulube and associates in the statement of claim is also demanding payment of legal fees rendered to the party amounting to 9 million united states dollars according to an agreement entered with Republican President Edgar Lungu of which he only received K450 thousand in cash form.
Ngulube contends that President Lungu promised to purchase for him a Toyota land cruiser VX worth 120,000 United States Dollars but he refused to do so.
He is also demanding damages for intimidation.
Patriotic Front acting Provincial Chairperson Chanda Mutale has sanctioned a meeting slated for today Friday 12th January in Kabwe during which Ngulube is expected to be suspended from the party for alleged disloyalty.
KABWE CENTRAL PF MP TUTWA NGULUBE FACES EXPULSION FROM THE PARTY
The Patriotic Front-PF Party is this Friday scheduled to have a meeting in Kabwe where they will suspend Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube from the party.
PF Central Province Chairperson Chanda Mutale says if Ngulube wants to continue being a party member, he should pledge his loyalty to the party than bringing its name in disrepute.
Mutale says the party in the province wants Ngulube suspended or expelled from the party on an account that he has gone too far, with his unwarranted attacks on Republican President Edgar Lungu and the party Secretary General Davis Mwila.
He says the party is aware that Ngulube has some external influence encouraging him to demonize the party which has overtime built itself to where it is today.
He says it is high time Tutwa Ngulube chose where he wants to be or leave the party with immediate effect.
But, the outspoken and styled Kabwe Central Law Maker Tutwa Ngulube has told KNC News in a statement that in the event of him being expelled, he is ready to take on the ruling party in a by-election.
Ngulube who maintained that he is still a PF Member said he will wait for his suspension letter before deciding on the matter.
Ngulube, a prominent lawyer and businessman has meanwhile expressed fear that his case will not be handled fairly as the decision appears to have been made already to expel him from the party.
He said he will widely consult before arriving at a decision.
KACHULU MARKET TRADERS CRY FOUL
Traders at Kabwe’s Kachulu Market have vowed to stop paying levy if local authorities continue lending a deaf ear to problems at the community market.
Marketeers tell Knc business news that there are long standing problems at the market that require serious attention, unlike rhetoric.
They cited the blown-off roof from the market shelter as one small problem that has remained unaddressed for several years now.
SUSPECTED CHOLERA CASE FORCES HEALTH AUTHORITIES IN KABWE TO CLOSE DOWN BWACHA LOCAL COURT
The Bwacha Local Court in Kabwe has been closed down after a suspected cholera case was recorded at the premises.
Bwacha Local Court Magistrate in Charge, Gidson Kasangili confirmed to KNC News that health authorities advised that the court be closed for a period of two weeks.
Area Councilor Dominic Sichamba also confirmed the development and urged the community in Bwacha to remain calm.
In other news, the Mkushi Town Council has indefinitely closed down several bars and restaurants operating under unhygienic conditions.
Council Spokesperson Tamara Mwanza tells KNC News that all closed businesses will only be allowed to re-open once they meet required operation standards.
This was during a joint cleaning exercise conducted in Mkushi in a bid to promote cleanliness.
NDEKE GETS MINI HOSPITAL
PF Bwana Mukubwa Constituency Member of Parliament Dr. Jonas Chanda has thanked Indeni Petroleum Company and its parastatal partners Tazama and Ndola Lime for constructing a mini hospital in Ndeke township.
Dr. Chanda feels the newly constructed health facility will serve the health needs of many Ndeke residents and those of people from outside Ndeke township.
Dr. Chanda further stated that he is working very closely with the Ndola District Health Office to ensure supply of adequate hospital equipment and medical staff to the mini hospital, and ensure that it fully operates as a 24-hour health facility.
It was revealed during Dr. Chanda‘s courtesy call on New Indeni Petroleum Managing Director David Lungu that the new mini hospital is expected to be opened next month.
Itawa Ward Councilor, Rajab Phiri is also cheered by the construction of the Ndeke Mini Hospital and he is calling on the ministry of health to quickly provide equipment and health workers to the health facility.
JOURNALISTS URGED TO BE INVESTIGATIVE
A Media Mentor has challenged journalists to dig more in investigative reporting.
Emmanuel Mulenga a Media Trainer under BBC Media Action has implored media practitioners to invest their time in research to help them gain a broader scope in different issues affecting society and instead should do less in political reporting.
Mulenga was speaking in an interview with KNC News in Monze at a BBC Media Training Workshop in collaboration with World Vision as he counseled journalists drawn from Western, Central and Southern provinces.
OPPOSITION NDC CALLS FOR THE REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT LUNGU’S IMMUNITY
Opposition National Democratic Congress- NDC Party is appealing to members of parliament to write to the Speaker of the National Assembly to immediately convene a special sitting of parliament to start the impeachment process of President Edgar Lungu.
NDC Spokesperson Erick Chanda says the country’s political, economic and social situation qualifies calls for the head of state to be impeached.
Chanda says the NDC want Lungu to be impeached so that the process to remove his immunity can start.
The NDC party is of the considered view that Lungu's continued stay in office is not adding value looking at the numerous corruption scandals that he and his officials have been involved in, in just a space of over two years.
KAPIRI FARMERS RECEIVE INPUTS
Some farmers who did not receive farming inputs in Kapiri Mposhi have commenced receiving farming implements.
Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner Peter Mwiinde has made the disclosure to KNC News in a telephone interview and revealed that monies have since been paid to farmers.
Mwiinde alleged that government has not failed its farmers contrary to what has been purported in some sections of the media.
He further assured that a large number of farmers are currently accessing seed and fertilizer at various points from agro-dealers.
STREET VENDORS IN KABWE PROTEST AGAINST BEING RELOCATED
Riot police have been deployed on the streets in Kabwe to control angry street vendors, who have been removed from the streets.
The vendors are protesting their removal from the streets and the demolition of their make-shift stalls, by government defence and security operatives.
The joint clean-up exercise which is also been done in other parts of the country, is aimed at preventing the spread of cholera which has claimed several lives since it broke out in October last year.
Kabwe Central Constituency Patriotic Front Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube has urged the protesting traders to remain calm as a lasting solution to the grievances is being sought.
Street Vendors Association President Teddy Sinkala has urged the vendors to comply with the presidential directive to move out of the streets, until further notice.
Government through Provincial Minister Sydney Mushanga appealed to the vendors to corporate with the officers executing the cleaning exercise.
In related news, business at Kamanda Market in Makululu Compound came to a stand still as marketeers joined hands in cleaning the trading place.
Makululu Area Councillor Victor Kolala tells KNC News that the cleaning exercise included unblocking the drainage system, and collecting garbage.
Kolala thanked the traders for turning up for the national exercise.