Twenty-eight people of Chishi Island narrowly escaped death last week when an overloaded super boat they were travelling in on Lake Bangweulu was caught up in bad weather.

Chilubi acting district commissioner Deogratious Mwamba has meanwhile appealed to residents in the area to make use of the Post boat.

Addressing residents of Chishi Island where some residents almost lost their lives on May 6 2015 as they were sailing from Samfya to Chishi Island on a super boat, Mr Mwamba who is also Chilubi District Administrative officer said the post boat is the only reliable and safest mode of transport.

He urged the residents not to risk their lives by using super boat as the weather on Lake Bangweulu is always unpredictable.

He said the 28 people who were on the super boat who comprised mostly women could have died had the post boat not rescued them.

Mr Mwamba added that the super boat in which the 28 were travelling has a capacity of 15 passengers only and wandered how the marines at Samfya allowed the overloaded boat to sail with such a big number of people who even had no life jackets.

And Zambia Post Services Public Relations Manager Sonile Lintini assured the residents that the post boat is there for them to use it.

Meanwhile, three Clearing Agents for Katimamulilo Boarder Post in Sesheke District of Western Province have drowned after the boat they were travelling on capsized on the Zambezi River.

The trio met their fate last Friday at about 12: 30 hours while travelling back on the Zambezi River from a drinking spree to Mulatiwa floating Bar.

Western Province Police Commissioner Standwell Lungu confirmed the incidence to ZANIS in an interview in Mongu District today.

He named the deceased as Carol Mukuka aged 24, Winfridah Mukuka 26 and Chris Mwansa 28 all of Katimamulilo Compound.

Mr. Lungu stated that one bodies was retrieved the same Friday just after the trio drowned while another one was retrieved on Saturday adding that the last one has been retrieved today.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. OUR ZAMBIAN JOURNALISTS ARE BULLSH!T. THEY CAN’T EVEN SHOW LAKE BANGWEULU AS A WAY OF TOURISM PROMOTION EVEN IF THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT. HOW DO YOU MERE TALK ABOUT LAKE BANGWEULU WITHOUT SHOWING THE WORLD SOME OF THE IMAGES OF LAKE BANGWEULU AS IF IT IS JUST SOME INSIGNIFICANT LAKE OR FEATURE YOU CAN JUST IGNORE? YOU ARE A BIG LET DOWN TO ZAMBIA’S POPULARITY AS A TOURIST DESTINATION. SAMFYA, LAKE BANGWEULU AND THE BANGWEULU SWAMPS ARE MUCH MORE THAN THE OKAVANGO WETLANDS. THE THE OKAVANGO WETLANDS ARE MORE POPULAR THAN THE BANGWEULU WETLANDS ALL DUE OF POOR JOURNALISM AND MARKETING BY ZTB.

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  2. I can’t count how many times I survived on that beautiful Lake Bangweulu… Enough is enough, I will not even swim in it.

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  3. Yaku yaku yaku….mwapusukeni mwebana Tata.Ala mulekunina Post…..ala nomba fye ubwafya kwena nalibwishima…..kalupiya ba yewe….Ukuba kwena icawamakofe cakuti tatulufishe mweo nelo umo….kabumba acindinkwe…mwena kisi…lumo lumo…

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