JACKSON MAPAPAYI writes
A 64 year old woman of Kashonta village in Senior chief Sikufele’s chiefdom in Manyinga district has died after being attacked by a crocodile whilst bathing in Manyinga river.
The incident is believed to have occurred on Monday around 18:00 hours.
Northwestern Province Deputy Commissioner of police Fred Mulenga confirmed the sad development and identified the deceased as Anna Kakoma.
Dr Mulenga said the woman was in the company of the husband James Kakoma 72, when she met her fate.
“And the incident was reported by her husband that his wife whilst bathing e was attacked by a crocodile,” said Dr Mulenga.
He said police rushed to the scene but could not retrieve the body.
“The search for the body has since been launched,” he said.
Kariba Ward residents in 90 day water blues
RESIDENTS of Kariba Ward in Ndola’s Kabushi constituency have lamented over the lack of water in the area.
The residents have since petitioned Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo to intervene and ensure water starts flowing from their taps.
ZANIS reports that the residents have expressed sadness that they have now gone over 90 days without seeing a drop of the life-saving commodity from their taps and have opted to fetch it from unsafe points such as shallow wells and a local stream.
Praise Mwila, one of the residents alleges that water was disconnected four months ago and the residents have had no access since then.
Ms Mwila said since then, no officer from the local water utility company has gone back to tell them why water was disconnected.
Another resident, Grace Ngoma said the residents are in dire need of water, as they are now living in fear of contracting diarrhoea diseases as soon as the rains intensify.
“We have suffered a lot as residents. Please engage Kafubu water so that they can reconnect us and see to it that we have water,” she said.
And Mr Matambo who visited the area has expressed disappointment that people can still be grappling with no water when their civic leaders have been boasting of rolling out development in the constituency.
He warned that he will not entertain any individual or organisation who is bent on painting government black due to some hidden agendas.
Mr Matambo said the new administration wants to address a lot of challenges which Zambians are faced with, water and sanitation inclusive.
He has implored Kafubu water to ensure that the residents have their water reconnected in their homes and come up with a plan on how they can be paying their bills.
Meanwhile Kafubu Water and Sanitation Company Director of Engineering, Bernard Phiri says the community will be engaged, in order to see how the matter can be resolved.