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 SMALL A 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.
KIZITO AREA IN NEED OF WATER POINTS
A concerned resident of Kapiri Mposhi’s Kizito Area has requested government to install water points in their area.
Boyd Matakala has observed that people in the community drink untreated water from unsafe sources.
Matakala has on the other hand called on government to construct an additional clinic to the existing one in order to cater expectant mothers who most of the time deliver on the way owing to long distances to health facilities.
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 KAPIRIR 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.
CV TRANSPORT KABWE JOINS CHOLERA FIGHT
CV Transport of Kabwe has contributed a K5000 towards the fight against cholera in the district.
CV Transport Manager Wezi Vwalika made the donation to the Local Authority as a way of supporting efforts towards keeping the district clean, in a bid to stamp out cholera.
He has urged other corporate houses to come on board and contribute to the betterment of society.
Receiving the donation, Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe commended CV Transport management for the contribution.
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.
KABWE ROAD ACCIDENT CLAIMS THREE LIVES
Three people including a licentiate medical officer at Kabwe General Hospital have died after being involved in a road traffic accident near Mulungushi Motel on the Lusaka- Kabwe road.
The accident involving three vehicles- a Toyota runnex, Mitsubishi Rosa mini-bus and a Toyota corolla saloon car happened around 18:30 hours last evening.
It occurred when the driver of the corolla suddenly stopped there-by leading to a collision among the three vehicles which were heading into different directions.
Kabwe General Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Victor Kusweje who confirmed the accident to KNC News disclosed that the hospital received seven male accident victims of whom three of the occupants of the runnex were pronounced dead upon arrival.
Dr. Kusweje described the deceased as 30 year-old Arman Hasan, 30 year-old Peter Banda and 33 year-old Anthony Musilizo a licentiate medical officer at Kabwe General Hospital.
The other victims admitted to the hospital’s ward nine are 25-year-old Mike Kabanza, 24-year-old Chiza Hanzala, 26-year old Kabwe Malama and 42 year-old Francis Bweupe.
KABWE MAYOR PRINCE CHILESHE WAGES WAR AGAINST CHOLERA
Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe has announced measures aimed at fighting cholera in the Central Business District.
Speaking during a press briefing held at his office today, Mayor Chileshe stressed that the fight against the deadly epidemic calls for a multi-sectoral approach.
He announced some of the measures as the ban of selling of perishable food, closing down of bars and taverns that do not have proper sanitation, burying of shallow wells and pit latrines among others.
The Mayor has further directed officers at the local authority to conduct inspections at markets in the district.
The Mayor has further asked street vendors to voluntarily leave the streets to allow for a cleaning exercise.
In a related news item, Luano Residents have been advised to practice good hygiene in the wake of the cholera outbreak.
Luano District Commissioner Christopher Chibuye has in this vein asked heads of government departments to take the lead in the fight against the cholera epidemic.
Chibuye was speaking during the cholera epidemic preparation in a meeting held at the DCs office yesterday.
He has called on Luano Residents to maintain high levels of hygiene.
OPPOSITION PARTY NDC AND ZULAWU HAVE DIFFERED OVER COUNCIL WORKER’S PAY RISE
Opposition National democratic congress -NDC- has expressed disappointment at government’s decision to award council workers a three percent salary hike which the party has described as insignificant.
Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union-Zulawu has accused the NDC of trying to incite council workers.
NDC spokesperson Eric Chanda says his party feels that the pay rise is a mockery and insult to the over fifteen thousand local government workers spread across the country, given the high cost of living.
Zulawu acting president Mabel Malukutu has charged that the opposition party must not drag the union into politicking-adding that union it will continue fighting for the betterment of council employees.
KABWE RECORDS TWO CHOLERA CASES
Two people are battling for their lives after been diagnosed with cholera in Kabwe.
Government has through Kabwe District Commissioner Dominic Mulenga advised the general public to uphold high standards of hygiene in order to avoid the further spread of cholera.
In an interview with KNC News Mulenga revealed that the two cholera victims have since been quarantined at the cholera bay in Makululu Compound.
POLITICIANS HAVE BEEN URGED TO LEAVE BITTERNESS IN 2017
Politicians have been urged to consider reconciling their differences as we enter the New Year.
The advice comes from Zitukule Executive Director Nicholas Phiri.
Phiri has furthermore advised politicians to try by all means to heal from the aftermath of the 2016 General Elections for the sake of peace and unity for the ordinary citizens.
Phiri observed that conditionalities have no place in genuine dialogue.
RESIDENTS OF LUANO EXPRESS FEAR OF BEING DISPLACED BY AN INVESTOR
Residents of Kabololwe and Sonkolo in Luano District are spending sleepless nights for fear of being displaced by a named investor who has arrived in the area.
This has been confirmed to KNC News by Kabololwe Village Headman Aidon Mulakasa who told KNC News that settlers in the two areas are now living in constant fear following the demarcation of the parcel of land they have occupied for centuries to pave way for a development project.
CLERGYMEN URDGED TO FOCUS ON WORD OF GOD
A concerned Kabwe resident has advised clergymen to focus on giving the Word of God to people and not to be money minded.
Ken Mulomba feels some religious leaders have lost the core business of soul winning by concentrating on making money, to the extent where Church members are made to sit in Church according to their standing in society and how much tithe they offer.
Mulomba has since cautioned church leaders to go back to the Bible.
KABWE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL WAGES WAR AGAINST COMMERCIAL SEX WORKERS
Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe has banned Commercial Sex Workers from operating in Kabwe.
The Kabwe Mayor says the ban is aimed at reducing the risk of spreading the HIV virus.
Speaking when he featured on KNCs Breakfast Show, Chileshe bemoaned reports of juveniles easily accessing sex from commercial sex workers in the Central Business District.
NGOs WARNED AGAINST DISTRIBUTING CONDOMS IN SCHOOLS
The State has warned Non-Governmental Organisations-NGOs against distribution of condoms in primary schools.
Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner Peter Mwiinde sounded the warning when he officiated during yesterday's World Aids Day commemorations in Kapiri Mposhi.
Commissioner Mwinde emphasized that schools are a no go area but urged and encouraged various key players in the fight against HIV/AIDS to instead preach good morals than merely promoting condoms. At the same event Kapiri District Aids Taskforce Force Chairman Francis Mwape hailed Republican President Edgar Lungu for having declared HIV/AIDS testing mandatory.
FERTILIZER MANUFACTURING COMPANY OPENS IN KABWE
Forestcol Fertilizer Zambia limited, which is the first ever fertilizer manufacturing company in Kabwe, has been commissioned.
During the official opening ceremony, Republican President Edgar Lungu in a speech read on his behalf by Vice President Inonge Wina said the multi million kwacha manufacturing firm will contribute to the resustation of the economic growth of Kabwe town.
President Lungu has further expressed happiness that the company will contribute to the country’s food basket as it will provide local farmers with adequate fertilizer.
The head of state adds that government will continue providing an enabling environment to attract more investors into the country.
Forestcol Fertilizer is a subsidiary of the San-he Group of Companies and will in its initial stages employ 200 workers before engaging 400 more local people.
Forestcol Fertilizer Zambia limited Managing Director Kelvin Yang says the company has the capacity to supply the Zambian market with high quality fertilizers that will promote high yields.
Meanwhile, Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga is happy that the province has received a fair share of developmental activities during the PF Administration.
FAKE AGRO DEALER SWINDLES KAPIRI FARMERS
A fake agro dealer operating in Kapiri Mposhi’s Lunsemfwa Ward has reportedly swindled a group of 30 small scale farmers of their hard earned monies; after promising to supply them with fertilizer.
Lunsemfwa Ward Development Committee-WDC Chairperson Maldon Muchiya tells KNC News that the named individual asked the unsuspecting farmers to pay K250 each so that he could supply them with farming inputs.
Muchiya says to date the affected farmers have not received the inputs as the fake agro dealer has even switched off his mobile phone.
The WDC Chairperson has since appealed to government to expedite the process of distributing farming inputs to farmers in the area before they fall prey to other unscruplous people.
KAPIRI MPOSHI HERD OF CATTLE STRUCK TO DEATH BY LIGHTNING
A herd of cattle has been struck to instant death by lightning.
The said cattle comprising 3 cows and 2 bulls were grazing on a named farm in Kapiri Mposhi's Nkole area when the bizarre incident occured.
The disaster happened yesterday afternoon around 14:00hrs, during a cloud cover that preceded a heavy down pour.
The development was confirmed to KNC News by owner of the cattle, Bright Mwiiya.
The livestock farmer describes the loss of his five animals at a goal, as a major draw back.
KABWE MAN MURDERS LOVER, BOLTS
Police in Chibombo have arrested a 20 year old man for of Makumba Village in Chibombo District after he allegedly clobbered his wife to death.
Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo has confirmed the arrest to KNC News.
Katongo identified the culprit as Advert Hanembo.
Katongo has told KNC News in a separate statement that police in Kabwe are hunting for a man of Makululu Compound in Kabwe in connection with the murder of his lover.
MKUSHI BUS SHELTER IN BAD STATE
Mkushi’s New Market Bus shelter is reported to be in a deplorable state thereby posing a danger to people seeking shelter when it's raining.
The constituency development funded project has overtime developed cracks and this is threatening the lives of traders.
KNC News caught up with shelter seekers who are appealing to relevant authorities to quickly arrest the situation before life is lost.
KAPIRI WORKERS COMPLAIN OF CASUALISATION
Over 50 casual workers engaged by Kapiri Mposhi District Council have bemoaned the continued casaulisation at the local authority.
The affected casual employees who have worked under the council for more than seven years have also complained of lack of protective attire.
A representative of the workers, complained of being subjected to poor working conditions, including low wages.
KAPIRI MAN IMPREGNATES ANOTHER MAN'S WIFE
A Kapiri Mposhi man has been dragged to court for impregnanting another man's wife.
Austin Mwenye aged 22 of Kapiri Mposhi’s Luamambwe area sought legal redress after learning that his wife Mary Hamiyanda had allegedly been impregnanted by Stanford Choongo aged 31, of Mukwempe village.
Mwenye told the Kapiri Mposhi local court that he was at first tipped that Choongo had been committing adultery with his wife and it was only later that he confirmed it as having been true.
He also narrated that after finding them together, Choogo tried to beat him.
The plaintiff recounted how the couple had enjoyed their 2 years in marriage but that it was only later in their course of marriage that they started having marital squabbles.
Mwenye is among other things demanding compensation from Choongo.
Meanwhile, the court further heard that Mwenye's wife abandoned him on account of him being physically impaired and that she could not cope up with having a husband who was handicapped.
And during the session, the accused Choongo sent the court into laughter as he denied having been spotted with Mwenye's wife but admitted having impregnanted Hamiyanda.
The defendant further cracked the court into laughter when he explained that Hamiyanda deceived him into believing that she knew no other man in his life besides him which eventually motivated him to advance intimately with the said woman.
Kapiri Mposhi Senior Presiding Magistrate Raphael Hambote ordered that the pregnant Mary Hamiyanda presents herself before the court, today.
FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT DR. KENNETH KAUNDA HONORED
First republican President Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda has been bestowed with a honorary Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in political science during the 9th Mulungushi University Graduation Ceremony.
The award to the country's 93 year old founding father is recognition for his contribution to the African liberation struggle.
Mulungushi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Oliver Saasa urged the younger crop of emerging leaders to follow Dr Kaunda's foot path.
And in a solemn, yet pleasant response Dr Kaunda expresses sincere gratitude for the Doctorate degree.
Dr Kaunda said he was happy to return to the Mulungushi Rock of Authority where core values of national unity, patriotism and Zambian humanism that guided UNIP in the first decades of Zambia’s independence were developed.
7NDP TO BE EXTENED TO WARD LEVELS
Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga says the dissemination of the 7NDP shall be extended to ward levels in the region.
This is to ensure decentralisation and implementation by all key stake holders is effectively carried.
This came to light during the official opening of the 7NDP dissemination exercise in the province.
The Minister urged the officials to take the dissemination exercise seriously as they are key in ensuring success of the plan as they are the main players in program implementation. 10/11/17 15:40
KAPIRI MPOSHI ROADS UNDER REHABILITATION
Ten thousand kwacha has been sourced for the rehabilitation of township roads in Kapiri Mposhi.
Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner Peter Mwiinde revealed that this has been made possible through a partnership agreement between corporate social responsibility rendered by Kampumba mine.
Commissioner Mwiinde also reiterated government's commitment to soon erect a new modern bus station which will change the face of the district. He said this in an interview with KNC News.
KAPIRI MPOSHI MAGISTRATE CHARGED WITH CONTEMPT
Kapiri Mposhi magistrate Brenda Chiganda has been charge with one count of contempt of court.
This was after magistrate Chiganda failed to appear in court in a civil matter she has been sued for divorce by her husband Evaristo Mwalula 59, a farmer who is also a businessman for allegedly denying him custody of two of his daughters.
Mwalula who has since filed in a legal suit for a formal divorce is seeking among other answers as to the insults he was issued by Chiganda via a mobile phone text which was sent to him in September 2015.
The plaintiff is further claiming Chiganda had for a long time trampled upon his rights.
But when the matter came up for hearing yesterday, Chiganda failed to turn up leaving the Kapiri Mposhi local court with no option but stood firm and charged the magistrate with contempt for having constantly been snubbing court proceedings.
The Kapiri Mposhi local court has since set November 9th 2017 in which the jury Chiganda is to appear to answer to her charge of contempt.
OVER 240 KABWE RESIDENTS PETITION THE COURT ORDER TO STOP CONSTRUCTION OF TUSHANE INTER-CITY BUS STATION
Some Kabwe residents have successfully presented a petition to Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe, expressing their disappointment by 27 residents who filed a court injunction restraining Kabwe Municipal Council from constructing an intercity transit bus station at Tushane.
Lawyer representing the 27 Kabwe residents claiming ownership of land at Tushane, Tutwa Sandani Ngulube of Messrs T.S Ngulube and Company has in a statement to KNC news announced the group’s withdrawal from all mediation proceedings with the council.
Counsel Ngulube says the petition is a direct attack on the integrity of the court proceedings and the Judge who advised the Kabwe Municipal Council to desist from doing anything that will jeopardize the injunction and court proceedings.
A 26- year- old man of Mkushi has been sentenced to 3 months imprisonment
A 26- year- old man of Mkushi has been sentenced to 3 months imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in psychotropic substances.
Kelly Kunda of Indeco compound on 26 June was found in possession of 800 grams of marijuana a herbal product of cannabis who was later charged with 1 count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The accused who testified that the marijuana was not for sell but smoking of due to the nature of his job pleaded with the court for leniency as his behavior was influenced by friends.
VOTE BUYING AND INTIMIDATION CHARACTERISE KABWE’S CHILILALILA BY-ELECTION
As government officials and District Commissioner camp in the ward
Reports have emerged of vote buying and intimidation among contesting political parties in today’s Chililalila local government by-election.The Independent candidate Kelvin Mukule, the PF and UPND parties are all accusing their opponents of abrogating the electoral code of conduct.The ruling Patriotic Front party has through Bwacha Member of Parliament who is also Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga accused the UPND of intimidating PF members from voting in today’s decisive poll.
The opposition UPND on the other hand told KNC News through Kabwe District Publicity Secretary Isaac Kambunji that they have evidence of a named PF councilor influencing voters to vote for the ruling party.Meanwhile, some District Commissioners from other districts in Central Province accompanied by some other senior Government officials have set camp in Chililalila ward.
Among the District Commissioners present in the ward this morning were the host Dominic Mulenga and Luka Mwamba of Mkushi.Others were Chitambo’s Catherine Kunda and her Ngabwe counterpart, Melody Phiri.
Three candidates are eyeing the vacant Chililalila local government seat. These are Yusuf Khondowe of the opposition UPND, Edward Phiri who is contesting the seat of the ruling Patriotic Front party ticket and an Independent candidate Kelvin Mukule.
GRADE 10 KABWE PUPIL DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY PASSENGER TRAIN
A 14- year-old grade 10 pupil at Raphael Kombe Girls Secondary School has died after being hit by a north bound Zambia Railways passenger train in Kabwe.
The deceased has been identified as Martha Chileshe of Nakoli overspill who met her fate whilst walking to school.The incident happened around 06:55 hours this morning along the rail line between Nakoli overspill and Chimanimani compound.
A passenger aboard the train Mary Banda said she just heard the train honk before it abruptly stopped. Zambia Railways Public Relations Manager Caristo Chitamfya has confirmed the development in a statement to KNC News.
KABWE PROPHET JAILED FOR ASSAULTING WIFE
Renowned Kabwe-based Prophet Emmanuel Chibanga has been sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour after being convicted of wife battery. The jail term is, however, suspended for one year on condition that the clergyman does not commit any offence.
An overseer of Emmanuel Church, Chibanga last week pleaded guilty to beating his wife, Lynn Daka, on August 10 around 18 hours at their home on plot number 133 in Nkrumah extension after a dispute. Kabwe Resident Magistrate ChikubaSibaleya also fined the preacher man K3,000 when he appeared before the gender-based violence fast tract court.
Sibaleya told Chibanga to pay the fine within seven days effective yesterday when he was convicted and sentenced. As judgment was being delivered, some of the cleric’s followers could not hold their emotions, resulting in two women breaking down. Siyabaleya told Chibanga that he inflicted injuries on his wife and despite him pleading guilty and being the first offender, the court would still punish him.
He said people look up to Chibanga for counsel and refuge but it was disappointing that the same person people looked to harmed his wife. In mitigation, Chibanga pleaded with the court to exercise leniency on him because he looks after his old mother, his children, orphans and that he supports many people. Chibanga also said if he was to serve a custodial sentence, his church would suffer. On August 10 this year, Chibanga assaulted his wife after a domestic dispute and was arrested after his wife reported the matter to police
BALLOT PAPERS FOR THURSDAY’S CHILILALILA WARD BY-ELECTION ARRIVE IN KABWE
Ballot papers for Thursday’s Chililalila ward by-election have arrived in Kabwe in readiness for the poll. Representatives of the contesting political parties were at hand to witness the arrival of the election material at the civic centre.
Meanwhile, Bwacha constituency returning officer Nelly Chimuka has declared the district ready to conduct the election. She says all other logistics have been put in place and that poll staff will briefed tomorrow Sunday 10th September.
The seat fell vacant following the death of pf area councilor George Chewe, who died in April this year. Three candidates are contesting the poll. These are Edward Phiri of the ruling PF, Yusuf Khondowe who is contesting the seat on the UPND ticket and an independent candidate Kelvin Mukule. Chililalila ward has 3,200 registered voters.
EX-KABWE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OFFICIAL GETS 2 YEARS FOR CORRUPTION
The Kabwe Magistrate Court has sentenced former Kabwe Municipal Council Director of Engineering Cosmas Mpundu to two years imprisonment with hard labour, after convicting him of corruption.Kabwe Magistrate Chimuka Mutafela handed down the sentence on Mpundu in a fully packed court room, this morning.
Magistrate Mutafela said he had taken into consideration all the mitigation factors which include the fact that Mpundu was a first offender.In arriving at the judgement, the court also exercised leniency on Mpundu on the basis that he could have acted out of ignorance when committing the crime as he was only acting as town clerk and as such he may have lacked the necessary experience in handling the matter.Magistrate Mutafela then sentenced Mpundu to 2 years imprisonment with hard labour-1 year to be served, while the other 1 year is a suspended sentence.
The Anti Corruption Commission-ACC had in October 2014 arrested Mpundu and charged him with one count of abuse of authority of office contrary to section 99 of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
This was after Mpundu on dates unknown but between the 1st and 31st October 2010 abused the authority of his office in the manner he facilitated the engagement of William Mhango to survey land on behalf of Kabwe Municipal Council without following laid down public procurement procedure.
And, speaking to KNC News shortly after being sentenced, Mpundu described the judgment as strange. Mpundu wondered why he was the only one convicted and sentenced out all the people that were involved. He however said he will instruct his lawyer James Mufalali to appeal the sentence.
BABY DIES IN UNEXPLAINED CIRCUMSTANCE IN KABWE
Neighbours who this morning heard cries from the deceased’s mother called a passer-by who later forced the door open.It was at this point that the woman came out holding her dead baby and handed him over to some elderly people who had rushed to the house.The body of the baby is lying in kabwe general hospital.
Meanwhile, cases of women dumping babies in pit latrines are on the increase in Kabwe.Latest cases have been reported in Katondo, Nakoli, Kawama and Makanda-nyama compounds.On Thursday morning, the community in Nakoli effected a citizens arrest on one of the perpetrators who was caught red handed trying to dump her daughter in a public toilet near the market.
KAPIRI MPOSHI BUSINESSMAN COMMITTED TO THE HIGH COURT FOR RAPE AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
A 25 -year –old businessman charged with rape and aggravated robbery has appeared in the Kapiri Mposhi Magistrate Court.Jonathan Mwansa, a resident of Zambia compound stood charged Before Kapiri Mposhi resident Magistrate Obrine Katyamba.Mwansa is charged with one count of rape and another of aggravated robbery.
Facts are that on 4th August 2017, Mwansa whilst acting together with other persons unknown, raped a named minor, a charge he vehemently denied.He is also charged with aggravated robbery involving household property valued at over K9,000.
Kapiri Mposhi Magistrate Obrien Katyamba has committed the accused to the Kabwe High Court where they are scheduled to appear for mention on September 20th.
UPND central province youth chairperson Milner Mwanakampwe and two soldiers yesterday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ court
UPND central province youth chairperson Milner Mwanakampwe and two soldiers yesterday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ court for allegedly conspiring to kill former president Rupiah Banda and President Edger Lungu’s political advisor Kaizer Zulu.
Mwanakampwe, 35, of Kabwe’s high ridge area, Steven Chooka, 42 and Steven Phiri from the military camp in kabwe are facing two charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
Phiri is also facing one count of unlawful possession of eight national registration cards belonging to other persons.
According to the indictment, the trio conspired with other persons unknown to kill the former head of state and Zulu between June 30 and August 8, 2017.
When the matter came up before chief resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife yesterday, he said he could not explain the charges to the accused persons as some of the charges on the indictment were only triable by the high court.
At this point, public prosecutor Mwanino Godfrey Mwanino applied for bail so that the charges could be separated but one of the defense lawyers, Martha Mushipe objected to the application saying it was unfair to continue delaying the case as her clients had been in detention since august 5. Mushipe submitted that the state had ample time to put their house in order.
And her colleague, Keith Mweemba also submitted that the state should not be allowed to continue violating the citizens’ liberties by holding the accused persons close to a month without being charged until they applied for habeas corpus.
A war of words has ensued over Felix Mutata in Central Province
A war of words has ensued between supporters of the Felix Mutati led faction of the opposition movement for Multi Party democracy-mmd and the ruling patriotic front in central province.
MMD central province chairperson George Kangwa has reacted to verbal attacks on his party by pf central provincial information and publicity secretary Mutale Walichupa, who during this morning’s protest match against finance minister Felix Mutati in Kabwe described the mmd as a finished party.
Kangwa has counter reacted to the attacks on him and his party by describing pf provincial publicity secretary Mutale Walichupa as a political hyena who has nothing more to offer to the Zambian populace.
P.F provincial information and publicity secretary Mutale Walichupa during the pf protest match in Kabwe this morning described the MMD as a finished party.
Equip health Zambia has urged communities surrounding Kabwe to visit health institutions for HIV testing.
Equip health zambia- A consortium of organizations striving to reverse the adverse impact of HIV has urged communities surrounding Kabwe to visit health institutions for HIV testing.
Equip Health regional program coordinator Melt Ndhlovu who was flanked by Lihle Mbatha has called upon the Kabwe community ranging from pregnant women, adults and children to take advantage of the two weeks they are in the district to visit the nearest health facility and be put on Anti Retroviral Therapy in a bid to prolong their lives and reduce the rate of re-infection.