A fish cages used to hold fish on Lake Bangweulu under the Kambashe Bream Fisheries pilot project in Chilubi District in Northern Province

Two people have died while twelve others are still missing and twenty one have survived after the boats they were in capsized on Lake Bangweulu in Samfya district of Luapula Province.

Samfya District Police in Charge Harrison Chela who confirmed the incident to ZANIS in an interview, said the two deceased and twelve others, who are still missing met their fate around 24:00 hours while fishing on Lake Bangweulu.

Mr. Chela added that the deceased have been identified as Kombo Derick 34 of Labani village and Kasapula Chiputa of Chipepa village both from Chief Mibenge’s area in Mansa district in Luapula Province.

He said the duo drowned when the boat capsized due to strong waves and heavy rains on the Lake.

Mr. Chela disclosed that the twelve that are still missing are identified as Chilufya Chuma, Chishimbe Partson, Kababa Kababa, John Kaposa, Green Chungu all of Njipi village, Lasheni Mwape of Chikunyu village, Tom Kabalya of Malandu village.

Others are Kasala Kaposa of Malandu Village all in Chief Kasomabangweulu’s Chiefdom in Samfya district, others are Royd Musenge of Lubilo village in Chief Chitembo’s area, Kapengwe Kamata of Mundubi village Paul Kaluba and Partmen Kombe of Chipepa village all in Chief Mibenge’s Chiefdom.

He explained that the number of missing people will increase as the figure of those who were fishing is unknown.

And Samfya District commissioner Nason Bwalya has appealed to government and members of the public for assistance with the search of the bodies that are still missing.

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18 COMMENTS

    • How many fishing boats or Canoes? That’s so many people mwebo.
      I know one name there, extremely sad.

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  1. Lord help us!! Ba Commando based in Kawambwa bali kwisa? Please help. Elo imwe ba Zambia, why very few comments here. If this thing has happened in London, almost all Zambian bloggers would be blogging. Mushota, where are you?

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  2. I don’t think it’s Bangweulu, but Mweru and the dead is put at 20. But let’s wait for the confirmation.

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    • No need to be rude. …this is not politics. I’m listening to radio Icengelo news and they mentioned Mweru not Bangweulu. That’s why I said let’s wait, but typical of Upnd mentality you come out shooting from your holsters. I’m also from there and have relatives in both lakes areas.

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  3. Bangweulu is shared by samfya and chilubi districts while mweru is nchelenge and chienge districts. I think it is correct because the police talking about it is samfya based.

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  4. Armature Fishermen! If you don’t know how to swim, invest in life jackets! Needless loss of lives pa zed! When are we going to learn Safety? Ba Fisheries ba yanganepo! We are tired of mourning all the time! Ba Meteological department, you also need to up your game. Give warning updates on adverse weather to save lives! This is the Information Age but we seem to be stuck in the past? Awe sure!

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  5. So sad, we need a better monitoring system in place for fishermen.
    I think a fishing union should be formed that will act as a way to monitor where fishermen are fishing. Whenever a fisherman enters a specific area especially in these vast water bodies such as Bangweulu, Tanganyika, Mweru and Kariba the location of where they will be working should be registered and their cel lines recorded with the council police. This will help monitor should there be a tragedy as above.
    MTSRIEP.

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  6. I dont understand this article. Where they on there usual daily expeditions and an expected storm hit? How many boats or canoes involved? Or were they on one vessel?

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  7. So sad. On such large lakes, you would expect one or two routine rescue patrol boats in anticipation of such events. Do we have any? (Equivalent to coast guards)

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    • We dont….and we don’t need to promote your sentiments right now. The last thing we need is $42m being spent on purchasing 42 speed-boats which we will be told are equivalent of US coast guard patrol cruisers

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  8. From 12 to 20 MRSRIP OUR NAVY ..ANY PROGRESS IN RETRIEVING THE BODIES SO SAD IN THIS TIME AND AGE OF TECHNOLOGY ,LIFE NEED NOT BE LOST IN THIS WAY,,, LIFE SAVING JACKETS, PRE WEATHER WARNING, QUALITY BOATS, RESCUE SERVICES ALL THESE ARE MEASURES FOR PREVENTING SUCH OCCURANCES

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