Commandos retrieve 5 bodies of pupils who drowned in Poosa dam

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 A team of commandos from Mushili commando unit preparing to go into a dam to continue searching for the last body of the six drowned pupils of poosa school primary in Serenje District.So far five bodies have been retrieved.
A team of commandos from Mushili commando unit preparing to go into a dam to continue searching for the last body of the six drowned pupils of poosa school primary in Serenje District.So far five bodies have been retrieved.

Five bodies of the six pupils who drowned in Poosa dam at Kachipapa farm in Serenje Central province have been retrieved.

Among the bodies retrieved are one female and four males.

The bodies were retrieved on Monday between 10.30 hours and 12 hours, by a team of Zambia Army divers from the Mushili Commando Unit in Ndola on the Copperbelt.

Meanwhile, Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga says Poosa Primary School, where the funeral for the deceased pupils is being held, will remain closed for a week.

Mr. Mushanga has announced that government has taken full responsibility of the funeral expenses, including food for the bereaved families and the mourners.

The Commandos, who were deployed on Sunday, resumed the search for the bodies today.

Last Friday, six pupils, among them 2 girls, drowned, after a boat they were in capsized on Poosa dam.

Commandos  captured searching for the remaining body in the dam where  the six pupils drowned. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
Commandos captured searching for the remaining body in the dam where the six pupils drowned. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
From  (left) is central province PEO Jennifer Banda, Central province PS Chandra Kabwe and Serenje MP Maxwell Kabanda inspecting the dam where the six pupils from a nearby School drowned in. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
From (left) is central province PEO Jennifer Banda, Central province PS Chandra Kabwe and Serenje MP Maxwell Kabanda inspecting the dam where the six pupils from a nearby School drowned in. Picture by SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS
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21 COMMENTS

  1. Sometimes I wonder why young people take life for granted. Overloading kills.These are deaths that could have been avoided. There was not even a single adult to guide them?

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    • The village must pool their money and provide life jackets for the school children who use those treacherous canoes or better still build a bridge. Those are your children, why wait for government to better standards for you!

      Also the fake Commando why pose for a picture smiling when they are about to retrieve dead children?

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  2. what a waste of life? where were life guards? why didn’t they have life jackets? what were they doing? Condolences to the families;

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    • What are the details? Were they crossing the river going to school or what? This kind of reporting without any details is not only embarrassing to the profession back unacceptable.Who is the editor in chief who allows such an important story with insufficient details? Pull up your sleeves!

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  3. Comment:This is a very sad development serenje is my origin .
    my condolences to the involved families and the people at large. let there be a solution before we can lose many lives.

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  4. my condolences to the families first and foremost.
    Could we design a swimming programme for those schools near water bodies then take that throughout the country

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  5. Commandos should not pose for photos. I thought they are the elite military squad. Now that they are exposed, they look like ordinary chibuku gazziling chaps from chipulukusu compound. Be careful next time chaps. No photos please.

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    • if have nothing to say it is better u keep quiet or shut up! or just watch. do you know what it means to put the red/maroon baret. and dont u ever refer to them as chaps, u are alive to day because they are always in secret missions protecting the boundries of this nation SHUT YOUR BIG MOUTH, am sorry if my words hate you but just SHUT UP.
      God Bless the Zambia army, God bless sikazwethegreat and God Bless Zambia

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  6. We’ve either buried or sold off nearly all of the swimming pools that we “inherited” forgetting that water, and the rivers & lakes that contain them,” as an integral part of our lives.

    Being able to swim is an essential skill that could have helped those children save their own lives…

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  7. This is very sad but surprisingly Chanda Kabwe was in a very high jovial mood. Probably because the Government has taken full responsibility of firstly the death of the kids and secondly the funeral expenses to him ninshi alalyamo mwibala?

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  8. Councilor wer ar u. Lossing pupils like that,plz find ways in whic pupils shuld walk to school nicely those our future leaders. u cant even put just a bridge sure always waiting for the president to comand the army no this is not acceptable.

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  9. I have respect for the Zambian Commandos. If people do not know what these Commandos in Zambia have done must only keep quiet. “Fear Not Death But Defeat.” One CDO Unit
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