NOEL IYOMBWA writes

@SunZambian

A MAN of Kazungula has drowned in Chobe River in Botswana after a canoe he was using to smuggle fuel from that country was hit by a hippo and capsized, police spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed. 

Ms Katongo confirmed that Sakambwe Sakambwe of Malanguzu Compound of Sambututu Village drowned after the canoe he was paddling and carrying 18 containers of smuggled fuel was hit by a hippo as he returned from Botswana.

She said the incident which happened on January 4 at about 23.00 hours was reported to police by Mr Martin Muyambila,31 of Kazala Village.

“We had a case of drowning which occurred on 4th January, at about 23:00 hours on Chobe River in Botswana near Kazungula Bridge in which Martin Muyambila aged 56 years of Kazala Village reported that Sakambwe Sakambwe, 31, of Makalanguzu also of Sambututu Village, Chief Matape of  Mwandi District  drowned after the canoe he was paddling while carrying 18 containers of smuggled fuel was hit by a hippo while coming from Botswana,” Ms Katongo said.

She said the search for the body was underway.

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