15 January 2013

Zambia: Three Family Members Burnt to Death

THREE members of the same family including a three-month-old baby in Mwense District have been burnt to death after the hut they were sleeping in caught fire.

The incident happened on Friday at Kaombe Village in Chief Lukwesa'a area in Luapula Province.

Mwense District Commissioner (DC) Victor Kasuba who confirmed the incident, identified the deceased as David Mwaba, 32 and his two sons, three-year-old David Mwaba Jr, and Ilunga Lastone Mwaba aged two months.

Mr Kasuba said the family had gone to harvest maize from a field where they decided to make a thatched hut for camping because their house was far away from the farm.

"Mr Mwaba was with his wife and two children sleeping in the hut when it caught fire. When he realised that his house was ablaze, he went outside to look for some water to put off the fire but failed," he said.

He said he then went back to get his wife Diana, who was still asleep with the two children.

The DC said when his wife woke up, she managed to move out of the hut but her husband and the two children remained stuck and were burnt to death.

He said the woman sustained severe burns and was rushed to Mansa General Hospital where she was admitted.

In a related development, a fishmonger of the same area has drowned after the banana boat he was travelling in capsised on Luapula River.

The DC confirmed the incident that happened on Saturday last week and identified the deceased as Chalwe Mulala, 36 of Kaombe Village in Chief Lukwesa's area.

The body was retrieved and was in Mambilima Mission Hospital mortuary in Mwense District.

And a Zambian truck driver has been found dead in Mozambique, police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela has said.

The driver has been identified as James Mulizi, 33 and circumstances leading to his death are yet to be established as police launch investigations in the matter.

In another development, a body of a school head-teacher in Eastern Province was found floating on Lufuwasi River.

The deceased was identified as Innocent Ziba, a head-teacher of Lwasila School.

A man in Ndola has drowned in a former Ndola Lime quarry in Misundu area.

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