Police have shot dead three dogs that killed an 8 year old boy in Ndeke Meanwood area.

And the owner of the dogs Samakayi has been arrested and his family members evacuated to safety as an incensed crowd threatened to cause damage to the property.

However, quick action by Police who rushed to the area saved the situation.

Gift Phiri aged 8 years died after he was bitten by three dogs in the incident that happened yesterday at 12.50 hours at Ndeke Meanwood.

It was reported that the owner of the dogs identified as Samakayi opened the gate so that he could drive in, and in the process the dogs came out and attacked the victim who was walking on the road.

Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo confirmed the development to the media and said an inquiry has been opened in the matter.

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  1. Oh my God !! This is terrible news. So sorry to the family of the boy.Oh this is awful!! People shouldn’t keep such vicious dogs…we have gameparks for wild animals mwebantu!

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    • When I was younger in village our 4 hunting dogs chased a mad man. He quickly climbed the mango tree.
      Then villagers gathered to stone the mad man to get down. He was a vicious mad man for sure. But that was horrific scene, I don’t like big dogs today.
      The same afternoon my grandfather too the 4 dogs deep in bush, tied them there.
      Only 1 female dog returned after 2 days.
      Same week we found dog dead peacefully. I know who put that dog to sleep.

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  2. The owner must be caged for manslaughter or murder . He knew very well the nature of dogs he keeps and before opening the gets he was suppose to risk assess the area AROUND him. Its negligence on the owners part that caused the death of an innocent child. This should save as a lesson other careless Dog owners. Human life is not replaceable or reclaimed.

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    • Yes, its very sad, but its times and incidents like this that should drive new laws in our country.

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    • UPND cadre, our MPs are too busy taking development to their areas instead doing what they elected to do, make laws.

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    • @2.1 the laws àre there. No one is supposed to keep more than one dog. Dogs must be chained and kept in safe shelters during the day etc.

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  3. This man must be jailed. Dogs are supposed to be chained during the day. That boy died a very painful death while the owner of the dogs watched. The irate residents should have built his house down as a bit of relief to the bereaved family.

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    • Unfortunately I agree with you 100%! Knowing the Zambia we’re leaving in, issues of corruption/ bribery. I will not be surprised if the owner of the killer dogs goes scot-free soon!

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  4. Oh no, terribly sad! Such a young life could be lost due to negligence by the owner. People should know that when they keep vicious dogs they should take extra caution to avoid such occurrences. May the Soul of the little one rest in eternal peace

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    • It is so very sad. Life cut short in such a terrible way and what a short life. Who can fathom the foibles of life? My deepest condolences to the bereaved family on their loss.
      However, we should never condone reprisals even in circumstances of this nature. I do not support an eye for an eye kind of approach to problem solving. Actions like that never sort out anything in my opinion. Constructive dialogue and clear well laid out laws will help all of us. Reprisals have cost so many lives right across Africa and we continue as a consequence, to suffer untold misery as a continent.

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    • Paipa pano: I gree with you on the issue of negligence by the owner; but how does the soul of the little one rest in peace after such a cruel death?

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    • Keeping dangerous animals whether dogs, wolves, coyotes or dingos. We don’t know the breed but those animals were dangerous. It that good enough?

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    • @ BMC, I don’t waste time responding to imbeciles like you. So you don’t realise that an innocent young life was lost because of criminal NEGLIGENCE of the owner of the dogs??

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    • Why the pontification mwebantu ? The pman just wants to know the law like many ignorant people would. You don’t have to chide him for asking unless you just want to show your arrogance when you actually don’t know the laws

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  5. this is so sad from both sides, from the dog owners point of view this guy will live wth ths incidence
    on his conscious forever. on the boy’s family i cant even start to describe. it is a sorry and disheartening occurrence

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  6. Oh!No. Reminds me when i was young in ZAF we used to pass through this house they had 2 dogs they used to sit on a veranda immidaiterly they see you was like a rat and a mouse they were not extremely violet and vicious like these killer dogs, when you stop they will slid ee emergency stop and turn back. Please bo Samakayi young life is gone for good you have to go inside big time sir I’m sorry.

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  7. Murphy’s law states that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. While we sympathize the loss of a life, I am not for the idea of tit for tat. This man has not just moved into that location and am sure he has been opening and closing that gate each time he entered the yard and that day things went wrong. The bible says to soil you shall return but does not specify the avenue for each one of us. Stray bullets, suicides, road accidents and sicknesses have taken man to the soil. Who are we to say one has gone early when even the unborn die. Death is the only who understands the secret behind death. Release the dog owner, please.

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    • I agree with you Pakama 100%. I feel sorry for the loss of the child, and i feel sorry for the for the dog owner too. He never wished for such a thing to happen.

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    • Very sad indeed.My thoughts with boy`s parents and family.Sad as it may let us not be judgemental. Police should investigate and if there was negligence on anybody`s part who should face the law. I am however quite sure that the dog`s owner is among the most tormented by this incidence.Despite the best of intentions unexpected things still happen.People have sometimes ran over their own kids while reversing killing them instantly.A baby burnt to death in mealie-meal porridge being cooked by it`s own mother. Can you image the pain and anguish!Lets not be harsh to people.We may also one day find ourselves in similar situation.

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    • Kajila…dont be so excited, so that you do what? As sad as it is, I want to believe Mr Samakayi never intended to have those dogs maul the innocent soul. I feel for both familes. Terrible for the boys family – unimaginable feeling. Sad for the Samakayi’s family; who now have to flee their own home as though they were all criminals. It’s a whole sad situation!

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  8. Very sad indeed.My thoughts with boy`s parents and family.Sad as it may let us not be judgemental. Police should investigate and if there was negligence on anybody`s part who should face the law. I am however quite sure that the dog`s owner is among the most tormented by this incidence.Despite the best of intentions unexpected things still happen.People have sometimes ran over their own kids while reversing killing them instantly.A baby burnt to death in mealie-meal porridge being cooked by it`s own mother. Can you image the pain and anguish!Lets not be harsh to people.We may also one day find ourselves in similar situation.

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    • Don’t defend reckless NEGLIGENCE! This silly owner of the KILLER DOGS must be prosecuted for causing this agonising death of this innocent kid.

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  9. well it is indeed a sad story but we are still not saving life by even killing the dogs we have already lost human life again we are still loosing animal life

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  10. In the UK they Police would have charged the owners with manslaughter…there is no point of shooting the dogs…those are guard dogs that should have been on a leash.

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    • This is very sad.My heart goes out to the bereaved family.Only God can comfort them in this trying time for their loss.It sad also for the man who owned the dogs -this is torture on his conscience.Meanwood must address the problem of care takers who look after unfinished structures.These people live in these buildings which have no sanitary facilities,their children play on dangerously busy streets.The population of caretakers to home owner is more than 2 to 1.There is more disaster waiting to happen especially disease outbreaks and crime.Some unfinished houses have been turned into pubs and brothels and yet the council has done nothing!

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    • @ Jay Jay, I’m not surprised about your trash of a comment. It’s like you ALWAYS think with your a**hole! That’s why you ALWAYS post nonsense..

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  11. The story is indeed tear jerking. The innocent boy died the most cruel death. Being mauled by 3 vicious dogs is unimaginable. Being a father of small children who likes following their friends in the neighborhoods, I’m really at pains coming to terms with this horrifying incidence. May the almighty God comfort the affected family.

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  12. This issue of vicious dogs coming out whenever the owner of the dogs is driving in is very common, more especially here in Parklands Kitwe. I think there must be a very stiff penalty for this because some people thinks they have money and whatever their dogs will do to innocent people they will pay but your money can’t buy life.

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