FOUR (04) staffers at Serenje Community Radio have been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for trafficking in drugs.
Station Manager only identified as Kapema aged 40 has been arrested together with three other employees namely; Radio Technician Masulani Banda, Wilfred Nyirongo, a reporter, and Semas Chola a radio presenter.
DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo confirmed in a statement that the station manager was arrested for trafficking in 847 grams of loose cannabis and 534.2 grams of Cannabis seed.
Katongo said Banda was arrested for trafficking in 694 grams of loose cannabis and 102 grams of cannabis seeds.
She said in count two, Kapema and Banda have also been arrested and jointly charged with Wilfred Nyirongo and Semas Chola for trafficking in 2.83 grams of loose cannabis.
“Those arrested include Male Kapema, 40, a Radio Station Manager for trafficking in 847g of loose cannabis and 534.2g of cannabis seeds and Masulani Banda, 28, a Radio Technician for trafficking in 694g of loose cannabis and 102g of cannabis seeds. In count two, Male Kapema and Masulani Banda have been arrested and jointly charged with Wilfred Nyirongo, 28, a Reporter and Semas Chola, 26, a Radio Presenter for trafficking in 2.83g of loose cannabis,” said Katongo.
“The four suspects were picked after a tip off from members of the public. The suspects are in police custody and will appear in court soon.
Five passengers sustain injuries in a road traffic accident near ZNS Makeni along the Kafue Road, police say
FIVE (05) passengers have sustained minor injuries while their driver escaped unhurt after a Toyota Gravia they were traveling on overturned near ZNS Makeni along the Kafue Road.
And Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo says contrary to what is circulating on social media that the vehicle flipped on a newly constructed Fly – over Bridge in Makeni, the accident near ZNS – Garrisons, away from the bridge, yesterday around 19:30 hours.
Katongo said the accident happened when driver of the Toyota Gravia registration ALR 965, Mulenga Mwape of Chilanga Parkland, lost control of the motor vehicle due to excessive speed and in the process went to hit into a traffic sign post and the motor vehicle later over turned.
Katongo said during the process of overturning, the vehicle subsequently hit into the flight liner motor vehicle registration number AEG 1154 which was being driven by Tapera Brian, a Zimbabwean national aged 36 years old.
And Katongo said the driver of the Toyota Gravia survived unhurt while five passengers sustained minor injuries.
ACC arrests Former Senanga Subordinate Court Magistrate for corrupt practices involving K1,200
FORMER Senanga Subordinate Court Magistrate Chama Mutambalilo has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for corrupt practices involving K1, 200.
Mutambalilo aged 50, of Kamwala South in Lusaka was charged with one count of Obtaining Money by False Pretences and is scheduled to appear in court soon.
ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono has told Mwebantu in a statement that the suspect on dates unknown but between 1st October 2016 and 31st December 2016 whilst working as a Magistrate at Senanga Subordinate Court in Senanga District of the Western Province obtained K1,200 from known persons purporting that the said money was required as logistical support for him to undertake a Court scene visit when in fact not.
And Moono said the suspect has since been released on Bond and will appear in court soon
Lingiwe Sibanda: Helping Farmers Integrate Agriculture and Nutrition
“WHAT’S gets me up in the morning is having that picture of a five-year-old child who has been malnourished at some point, but because of my teaching, or whatever it is that we have shared with them, is getting better and stronger day by day and that pushes me to keep going and doing my job,” says First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi Foundation community nutrition assistant, Lingiwe Sibanda, a woman on a mission to help local farmers integrate nutrition for sustained improvements in food consumption and improved nutrition at the household level.
“The highlight of my time here so far has been seeing the smiles on the faces of the women we meet in the communities when we go to tell them about the importance of good nutrition. And it is the fulfilment that I get when I know that someone’s life has changed in one way or the other after talking to them.”
She said that the mining firm believes that improving nutrition should be at the centre of all agricultural programmes and policies while promoting current and well-designed nutrition education in the agriculture sector.
“We are teaching farmers some of the health benefits of consuming the food they grow. And in 2019, the Foundation surveyed to establish community needs that showed stunting levels among children below the age of five were high.
“The survey gave us a direction to take considering what to address where these communities are concerned. Our major aim is dealing with stunting, which is as a result of improper feeding of children,” Sibanda continued.
She finds that one of the major challenges that come with the job is the attitude of some community members, who find it hard to believe that beans have as much protein as meat.
“But I think change is a process, and we have to be persistent; we have to continue doing it until someone, somewhere understands the importance of growing healthy foods. But I think we are getting there, one day at a time.”
“Whatever they are growing at the moment is healthy, and we are encouraging them to consume what they are growing. And we are encouraging them to grow vegetables as well. We want to see a situation where each house at least has a kitchen garden, and this kitchen garden should include green leafy vegetables, diverse types of crops especially the vitamin-A rich crops like the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, the orange. And we are encouraging them to consume more of the food they grow,” she narrated.
It was her passion for nutrition that and the desire to see healthy children, that led her to apply for the position of community nutrition assistant when the mining firm advertised the position.
“In 2018, in September I joined FQM’s Kansanshi Foundation under the Nutrition Programme as a community nutrition assistant. And it was my love for children that has led me here today. Seeing a child who is not well or malnourished breaks my heart. And when I was told that I can work in this department as somebody who goes round in the communities teaching mothers how they can feed their children better, I was excited, I looked forward and without hesitation, I took the job.”
At only 26 years of age, Ms Sibanda has become a household name in communities surrounding FQM’s Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi District of North-Western Province.
“I was born in 1994 in Sinazongwe in Southern Province, and my parents are both teachers. I did my primary education at Batoka Basic School in Southern Province, before later going to do my secondary education at Matauka High School in Senganga District of Western Province.”
After completing high school, she did a diploma in social work at NIPA from 2011 to 2013. She then joined Habitat for Humanity, which looks at poverty eradication and housing where she worked as a data entry clerk for three years.
”In her free time, she studies; she is a second-year student at Cavendish University studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
“If I were to describe myself in three words I would say I am enthusiastic, goal-oriented and hardworking. And in the next five to ten years, I see myself as a successful farmer, growing healthy food, feeding my fellow community members. As long as our communities are well-fed, as long as our communities are given healthy food, I am ok with that.” she concluded.
One reason she has created a good relationship with the community members is good work ethics, she added.
“Part of my ethics is going that extra mile to ensure my work in the communities is done and I have gotten through to the people in ensuring they live healthier lives. And working with multinationals has also helped me a lot. I get a lot of mentorship from my supervisor, which has opened my mind to a lot of ideas and how to do things.”
Source: LANGMEAD & BAKER