A 17-year-old boy in Chavuma has had his leg amputated after stepping on a grenade in neighbouring Angola.
Steven Nguvulu, a Grade Nine pupil at Lingele-ngende Basic School in Ching’i area in Chavuma district allegedly stepped on the grenade as he was hunting.
Chavuma District Commissioner, Frobisher Fulayi, confirmed the development to ZANIS saying the incident happened on Friday last week.
“Yes, I can confirm that the a Grade 9 pupil by the name of Steven of Chavuma district has been amputated following a hunting spree where he accidentally stepped on a grenade that later exploded affecting his left leg,” Mr Fulayi said.
Mr Fulayi explained that Steven had his leg amputated at Chavuma Mission Mission hospital where he was rushed to after the explosion.
He appealed to Chavuma residents to desist from straying into the neighbouring country even when faced with serious hunger situation.
The district commissioner attributed the accident to the lack of clear boundary demarcation between the two countries in the area.
“My appeal to the Chavuma residents is for the people to desist from entering neighboring countries because they do not have any business to do there” He said.
” Zambia has got plenty of food so people should stay in villages,” Mr. Fulayi said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fulayi has disclosed that Steven is ready to write his final Grade 9 examination from his hospital bed.
Grade nine final examinations are scheduled to commerce today, Monday November, 17, 2008.