File:Zambia Air Force soldiers captured during the independence day march past at the freedom statue in Lusaka

A soldier based at Luena barracks in Kaoma district in Western Province has shot himself dead.

The soldier, identified as Sergeant Sitali Sitali shot himself using an AK47 riffle on Tuesday at the barracks.

He was rushed to Kaoma district hospital where he died 10 minutes later.

The reasons for taking his life have not yet been established as no suicide note was found at the scene.

Kaoma District Commissioner, Kennedy Mubanga, confirmed having received a report on the death of the soldier but could not give details of what really transpired.

The body of the deceased is lying in Kaoma district hospital mortuary.

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  1. So LT, what makes YOU conclude that it is suicide. You have stated that no evidence has been found and the matter is being investigated. So how do you bring in suicide before the coroner says so. Please.

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  2. Address Mental Health Issues for all citizens going through this gruesome economic disaster! The most vulnerable are the armed ones!

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  3. Mental health services in Zambia /government should start addressing suicide prevention seriously instead of just announcing that there has been a suicide. It’s important to identify suicide risk factors and high risk groups in society and set identify ways to support these people. In Africa people tend to have negative views about suicide and they don’t seem to stop and think why one has committed suicide. May he rest in peace and I hope his family gets some comfort from those with empathy.

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