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SIAVONGA CLINICAL OFFICER DROWNS ON LAKE KARIBA – By Gloria Mumba Kalambo

Barely days after the six youths of the Seventh Day Adventist church drowned and died in Lake Kariba, a clinic officer of Nabutezi Rural Health Post in chief Simamba area died on the lake after the canoe he was in capsized.

The Incident happened this morning around 06:00, when the victim identified as Boniface Mwansa aged 28, was going to see a business partner on the other side of Lake Kariba.

Friday Phiri aged 46 who was peddling the canoe and survived the accident narrated that the accident happened after water entered in the canoe following a strong wave in the lake.

According to an eye witness identified as Obvious Hasimbi, people were seen to be drowning from a distance, he paddled his canoe to rescue the deceased who could not swim but failed as he had already gone down.

Meanwhile, Siavonga district commissioner Geoffrey Jakopo who went to the scene of the accident has expressed sadness and has cautioned canoe owners to be safety conscious when they are on the lake.

The search for the deceased is ongoing as marine police and community divers are looking for the body.

 

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