CHIRUNDU – People travelling from ZIMBABWE to ZAMBIA are reportedly undergoing thorough, and sometimes humiliating screening for the deadly cholera disease.

Temporary base at Chirundu Border Post eight months ago (Pic Star FM)

THE HERALD newspaper in ZIMBABWE says the authorities on the ZAMBIAN side of CHIRUNDU Border Post across the ZAMBEZI are giving laxatives to incoming travellers.

Medical experts say laxatives are used to evacuate the colon for rectal and bowel examinations, and sufficiently high doses of the drugs may cause diarrhoea.

THE HERALD says ZIMBABWEANS going to ZAMBIA, especially passengers travelling on buses, are given laxatives to force them to defecate and facilitate stool testing.

It says the exercise is causing congestion at the border post, as travellers have been seeking to use the toilet before the authorities let them through after the humiliating tests.

Officials in the Ministry of Health and Child Care have taken up the issue with their Permanent Secretary.

MASHONALAND WEST Provincial Medical Director WENCESLAUS NYAMAYARO says he has received a report about the screening by ZAMBIAN authorities at CHIRUNDU.

The latest development comes as the authorities in the ZAMBIAN capital, LUSAKA, are appealing to religious groups to help fight cholera.

The national broadcaster quotes LUSAKA City Council Public Health Acting Director EDGAR MULWANDA as saying groups such as churches should promote the spirit of hygiene among their members.

ZAMBIA has been on high cholera alert since last year, with a report from the International Federation of the RED CROSS in JUNE saying the disease is endemic to the country.

It says outbreaks occur almost every year in the LUSAKA, SOUTHERN, NORTHERN and LUAPULA provinces.

The study also says this year, the outbreak happened just before the rainy season – which is unusual, but it followed a period of inadequate water supply during summer period , which forced more people to use unsafe sources.

In ZIMBABWE, the disease broke out this month in the GLENVIEW and BUDIRIRO high-density suburbs; killing up to 30 people countrywide so far.

ZIMBABWEANS have been crossing the ZAMBEZI almost daily into ZAMBIA over the years to sell different goods and to buy mostly clothing materials for resale back home due to difficulties in their country./Sabanews/cam



LUSAKA – The authorities in the ZAMBIAN capital, LUSAKA, have appealed to religious groups to help fight cholera, a deadly diarrhoeal disease wreaking havoc in neighbouring ZIMBABWE.

Cholera treatment centre in Zambia (Pic. Zambia Business Times)

LUSAKA City Council Public Health Acting Director EDGAR MULWANDA says organisations such as churches should promote the spirit of hygiene among their members.

He has told ZNBC News in the city the trend of shaking hands is back in the country, but people should continue to wash their hands frequently.

The national broadcaster says Mr MULWANDA has further appealed to schools to sensitise their pupils on the importance of observing the highest standards of cleanliness.

Grave digger at Granville Cemetery in Harare, Zimbabwe (Pic. The New York Times)

Meanwhile, LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company Marketing and Public Relations Manager PATSON PHIRI has also spoken with ZNBC News in LUSAKA.

He says the UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND, UNICEF has released 10-MILLION kwacha (about 896-THOUSAND-500 US dollars) for the expansion of water supply systems in areas around the municipality.

Mr PHIRI says the authorities plan to extend the water supply system to KALIKILIKI, KALINGALINGA and MTENDERE areas, and experts have completed the diagrams for laying out pipes and other installations.

Health Minister CHITALU CHILUFYA has in turn urged members of the public to drink chlorinated or boiled water, and wash their hands with soap before touching food.

The health campaign in ZAMBIA comes amid reports of a serious cholera outbreak that has killed at least 30 people across the ZAMBEZI in ZIMBABWE, which 10 years ago recorded 98-THOUSAND-592 cholera infections and FOUR-THOUSAND-288 deaths.

Cholera, an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called VIBRIO cholerae, can lead to serious dehydration and even death if untreated.

In urban areas like the capitals of both ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE, cholera mainly breaks out due to very poor sanitary conditions under which residents go for weeks without piped water – with streams of raw sewerage flowing in front of houses./Sabanews/cam



LUSAKA – Communications Minister BRIAN MUSHIMBA of ZAMBIA has advised people to avoid the habit of abusing Information Communication Technology, ICT platforms.

Communications Minister Brian Mushimba (Pic. ZNBC)

He says anyone who wrongfully uses the Net will face the full wrath of the law, because the digital society the government has launched aims to help create jobs and wealth.

Minister MUSHIMBA says the facility is not for promoting anarchy in the country.

He has directed the ZAMBIA Information and Communications Technology Authority to invest more in changing the mind set of ICT users, to ensure they use the platforms for national development.

Minister MUSHIMBA has made the remarks in a speech read for him by his Permanent Secretary, MISHECK LUNGU, at the ZAMBIA ICT Talent Development Summit and the HUAWEI ICT Competition Launch in the capital, LUSAKA.

CHINESE Ambassador LI JIE says CHINA has committed itself to help the SADC country develop the ICT sector, as it has a lot of potential for development.

Cabinet Deputy Secretary MARTINE MTONGA, who is also Smart ZAMBIA National Coordinator, has appealed to citizens to appreciate State investment in the sector by taking it seriously.

INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA President ALICK SIANKUMO says there is need to pay attention to ICT as ONE sector that can spur economic development.

HUAWEI ZAMBIA Country Director MARTIN ZHONG has in turn called for continued investment in the Information Communication Technology sector for a better ZAMBIA./Sabanews/cam



WINDHOEK – Finance Minister CALLE SCHLETTWEIN of NAMIBIA has defended the Targeted Intervention Program for Employment and Economic Growth in his country.

Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein (Pic. Agencies)

He says the scheme has not been a total failure like some people suggest, as it has created more than 15-THOUSAND permanent jobs and 87-THOUSAND part time ones.


The opposition leader alleges the authorities failed to implement the project fully and most of the funds were stolen.

Mr VENAANI has told journalists at a media briefing earlier this week the program was a total failure, which may have worsened the current economic slow-down.

He says most of the money for the Targeted Intervention Program for Employment and Economic Growth was stolen, and the State should avoid such a scheme in the future.

The opposition politician also says the benefits from project do not correspond with the billions of NAMIBIA dollars the Government pumped into it.

The government introduced the Targeted Intervention Program for Employment and Economic Growth during the 2011 to 2012 financial year.

Authorities say the plan has been to stimulate long-term economic growth by creating jobs in infrastructure development and other sectors.

The NAMIBIAN Government had earmarked some 13-THOUSAND NAMIBIA dollars for the scheme, but at least ONE-COMMA-SEVEN-BILLION dollars returned to the Treasury./Sabanews/cam