15 November 2012

Zambia: Student Dies in Czech Republic

A ZAMBIAN student in the Czech Republic has died and his body discovered in a river with a bag of stones strapped around it.

Malitela Sikwebele, who was 28, had been studying medicine through a privately-sourced scholarship. His body was discovered in River Vltava in the City of Roztoky.

First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in Germany, Yvonne Shibemba announced Mr Sikwebele's death in a statement from Berlin, Germany yesterday.

Ms Shibemba said a police report obtained from the Prague Police Department indicated that the body was found floating in River Vltava.

"The body was positively identified yesterday, November 13, 2012 by close friends to the deceased who are resident in the Czech Republic," Ms Shibemba said.

She said police suspect Mr Sikwebele could have committed suicide given the circumstances in which the body was found.

"Police investigations are still going on."

She said Mr Sikwebele is believed to have travelled to the Czech Republic in 2005 on a privately-sourced scholarship to further his studies in the field of medicine.

Family members of the deceased have been informed and further instructions were being awaited from them.

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