A Mazabuka mother has abandoned her two children aged five and eleven years old and her whereabouts are not known since December last year.

A Good Samaritan, Christopher Nkalamo, who is keeping the children told ZANIS that the woman identified as Petronela Kayayi, disappeared last December after telling the children that she was going to Pemba to order some mushrooms but has not returned since.

Mr Nkalamo explained that he rescued the children when the landlord evicted them from the house and got hold of the household items as surety for the unpaid rentals.

He said he then got the children with the hope that the mother will return quickly but up to date, she has not returned from her business trip.

Mr Nkalamo is appealing to the father to the children, Siame Kachingwe, who is suspected to be in Mbala and working as a police officer to come and collect his children as he could not continue keeping them.

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  1. I feel for those kids, my mum had ten of us, being the eldest i had to tend to the household chores of a housewife from the age of 7yrs, my mum also like the lady in Mazabuka used to leave us alone with my dad for months on business trips” only later we heard rumours that she used to get into “temporary marriages” we all look so different in the family because when she came home she was always in the first weeks of pregnancy with other mens children, and from the business trips, we never so a ngwee! Just excuses.

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  2. i feel pity on innocent children. try to check propery may be she is dead, or dont they have any relative nearby. just take them to their father since you know were he is, or are they not old enough to identify their father? if the mother is alive GOd please punish her so that she come into her sencese.

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  3. i blame the man,who is not responsible enough.We are not sure whether the woman is alive,I pray that she is and that God give her a heart to return to her children.And may the father never rest until he realises his responsibilities in Jesus name Amen.

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  4. MAYBE SHE IS DEAD.ONE WOMAN HAD GONE TO ORDER MASUKU IN CHOMA MOCHIPAPA AREA,SHE NEVER RETURNED HOME AND AFTER TWO WEEKS SHE WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE BUSH WHERE SHE HAD GONE.CHECK THE HOSPITAL AS WELL SHE MIGHT BE ILL OR SOMETHING.vERY FEW ZAMBIAN WOMEN WOULD ABANDONE THEIR CHILDREN.THESE WOMEN WHO ORDER MUSHROOM AND MASUKU GO IN THE BUSH FOLLOWING THOSE WHO PICK MUSHROOM AND MASUKU.THE SAY ITS CHEAPER TO BUY IT FROM THE BUSH THAN MARKERT.SO DO MORE INVERSITAGATION BEFORE YOU CONDEMN HER.WHAT POVERTY CAN DO.BY THE WAY THE MASUKU WOMAN WAS BEATEN BY A SNAKE.

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  5. I agree with you #4 no amount of poverty can make a woman abandon her own biological children?

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  6. #2
    You’re exerting too pressure on the good Samaritan. Besides looking after the 2 kids, you want him to travel to Mbala. It’s quit expensive. The Police officer must be a responsible citizen. How does he live like a rat without knowing the whereabouts of his children.

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  7. Let feel pity for the family and pray for gods grace to be upon them. Dont wish them harm and condemn. dont Judge please.
    Lets pray for the family.

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  8. I don’t like reading such sad stories, my heart breaks, I hope the mother will return? But where is the father? Lets not just blame the woman.

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  9. There must be a very big problem for a Zambian mother to leave her own children in this way.It is either she is dead,ill or lost her mind.No Zambian lady can go missing leaving her siblings to their own peril never.I suggest that hospitals ,mogues and streets are thoroughly checked before labelling this lady.Also a check of lost but found list with the police may turn up something, as may be she has lost her mind and doesn’t know where home is.But again ,on second thought, could she be married ??

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  10. Can the Police Command also confirm if the father to those children is really the said person and do the needful.

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  11. #6 you know why i said he must take them to their biological father, because the father is not all caring. so it will very difficult to wait for the father to come and collect them. so the good samaritan should just sacrifice because he is the one keeping the children.

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  12. sorry #6 I meant #8 kwata amano,stay off if you are a reprobate,this place is for the wise.Gat you in check

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  13. With all due respect to your opinion #13 Prisca, this appears to be a totaly dysfunctional ‘Family’ bordering on child abuse. It does not appear as if the father is involved at all in the lives of these poor little kids, because if he were he should have been aware of these dire circumstances. That means he does not provide any kind of financial assistance (Or perhaps Child support?)hence part of the reason why the mother’s priority was to go look for mushrooms for dinner. Or may be she has resorted to the worlds oldest trade to try and feed her kids. Whatever the case may be the father, verifiably an employed lawman with zambia police, must be held legally accountable for the children.

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  14. What is the duty of the department of social welfare? LPM, please make sure all branches of your government are doing their duties.

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  15. Thats a sad situation. Anything could have happened to the woman, she could even be dead. However, she is also irresponsible cos a responsible parent cannot leave children of that age, all by themselves, even for a night.

    Tracing the father should not be a problem. If is is really a police officer in Mbala and his names are correct, the police can easily send messeges through their radios and ask him to travel immediately.

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  16. If dead, ZR must look for the body. This is why we must have our own Crimes Laboratory in Zambia. I am amazed that any DNA test required is done in S. Africa. Yet I know that our neighbours have DNA labs for both human and agricultural research requirements. This is why I condemn LPM and his GRZ. They do not have any brain of making Zambia develop scientifically. All they think about is copper and other minerals being shipped out! This curse of depending of foreigners is criminal.

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  17. this is not a colunm of insults please. these pipo they have done a good thing by bringing this colunm to coment using good languege. stop insulting each other.

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  18. Hunger and poverty can drive people to various extremes, but abandonement of your own biological children is something you just don’t do. Surely there must be some valid reason for her disappearance. Welfare, DNA, those terms are still beyond our grasp No. 17 and 19. Maybe one day things will change.

    On the other hand I’m usually skeptical about news stories like this one.

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  19. most likely dead!!!! but then again i had a relative who had 2 kids about 5 and 3 and used to leave then in the house for days while she went out to drink. sadly pipo do strange things to childeren.

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  20. #19 YOU ARE PROUD OF YOUR MOTHER ZAMBIA LET PEOPLE THINK
    This is very very sad gentlemen.These politician are just
    hangry mouse

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  21. Now that you have touched on the subject of Science developments in Zambia,why is it that the once one of the richest countries in Africa can not even afford a DNA Lab of its own ?This just shows how backwards our policy makers are.Despite having proffessors in the system , no one has advocated for developments in science.All they are waiting for is an outsider to come and do it for them and also demand a ‘Nchekelako, on Top’.Ala imwe mwema Politicians muleumfwako insoni.Shame on you.

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  22. hahahah nkani zinangu ungaseke mwe,#16 you’re right and in addition to your comment i think this man must be married somehow ‘twankumbali’ bcoz no normal man can go an start working far away from his children without caling home time to time asking whats going on at home thats why i tend to think that this man bana munamizila chabe so those might not be in real kids, just a speculation guyz dont take me wrong but it is a posibility also…

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  23. sad story but i feel its coz of poverty that she found heself in such a situation.The father of the kids shud take up the responsibilty now. mbala and mazabuka is too far. why leave yo own biological children like that? Secondly, God bless the man taking care of the kids right now.

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  24. So sad a story,
    I would advise the good samaritan to ask the police to send a calll out to the Father so that things are sought out fast.

    Let the kids help identifying the father, and if found should be taken to court.
    The mother, could have been desperate too. i hope she is safe and pray she returns to her kids.

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  25. I feel for those children, and i want to say to the man that has been looking after them that God will richly bless him

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