A 68 year old man of Chief Kapichila’s area in Lundazi district in Eastern Province has drowned in Kakumba stream.

Jastone Phiri of Kajowola Village who was coming from a drinking spree met his fate on Friday between 17:00hrs to 18:00 hrs when he attempted to cross the flooded Kakumba stream on his way home.

Msuzi Ward Councilor, Daudi Phiri who is also the son to the deceased has confirmed the incident to ZANIS in Lundazi.

Mr. Phiri disclosed that on the fateful day, the deceased who was one of the beneficiaries of Social Cash Transfer (SCT) program had gone to Kakumba pay point to get his money and was later seen drinking at a named bar within Kakumba Trading Centre before he met his fate.

He said his body was found yesterday morning floating in an upside position in Kakumba stream, adding that the deceased he has left behind 10 children.

The civic leader further said the body of the deceased is lying in Lundazi District Hospital Mortuary awaiting burial.

Meanwhile, efforts to get a comment from Eastern Province Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sharon Zulu proved futile as her phone went an answered.

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    • It’s so bewildering how we Zambians have become so numb to wrongdoing. In first place if he can afford to buy beer, does deserve to get social funds meant for the orphans, widows and elderly who got nowhere to stand on, clearly does he deserve social funds especially that his son seems to be well placed in society, what’s a councillors father doing get social funds, i think this is abuse of a well intended programme.

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  1. What’s the point if this article? Did social transfer fund kill the man or lack of bridge to cross safely? Do any other people not drink with funds other than cash social transfer??
    Just wondering!

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  2. Poor reporting and full of grammatical errors. How do they know that the cause of death was by drowning? No investigations, only making assumptions and case closed !!

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  3. well THE REPORT IS ILL WRITTEN, NO REMORSE AND RESPECT AS IF THE MZEE CANT TAKE KA SMALL CHANGE FROM SCT to quench his thirst , it seems the main idea is to SAY SCT IS MISUSED. SAD LIFE IS LOST LIKE THAT AND AT 68 HE WAS YOUNG , MHSRIP, THE COUNCILOR PLEASE PUSH FOR BRIDGES IN UR AREA

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  4. Dramatised

    Its like the journalist was there from the time the old man cashed the loot ,he followed the old man till he drawned

    Now listen 68 yr old 10 children and non of them could be assistance to old man really. One of the sons is even a counsellor

    What I find true in the article is that because of political connection, the old man was put on the system.

    Just abolish the SCT

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  5. Feel sorry for the family to lose their loved one at a very difficult time around the Holidays. MHSRIP and more money more problems. It could happen to anyone just pray for him and the family during this lose.

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  6. This shoshial cash transfer is cursed. First donors demand their money back, next a cabinet minister and other officials lose their jobs, next ZamPost workers go on strike for nonpayment of wages for months. Now death of a beneficiary. Bembas, here is your revenge on a silver plate for the 6/10 jibe by the President!

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  7. Sad that life was lost, I think the old man did not deserve the money he was just put in the program by his son the councilor he was well to do to him the social cash money was for socializing with his friends

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  8. No evidence that he used the SCT to drink. He could have had his own moneys in the pocket. Additionally, his death was caused by the heavy water currency as he tried to cross the river and of course in a drunken state.

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  9. Did we have to reveal the source of the money he used? Suppose he had other money even before he went for his SCT cheque.

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