Another corpse found at Sensele mine tragedy site, number reaches 14


Another body at Sensele Mine has been retrieved, bringing the total number to 14 including one survivor.

Briefing the media after the tour of the site in Chingola on Thursday, Copperbelt Minister, Elisha Matambo, told the media that one of the two bodies that were taken out was identified as late Dominic Mukuma from Kitwe while the other body remained unidentified.

According to Matambo, pathologists took samples and the family members would be informed.

“The two bodies were buried yesterday (Wednesday) at Chingola Central Cemetery. Today (Thursday), there was no dead body which has been retrieved and the search mission has continued,” he said.

As government, Matambo stated that it was committed to take care of all the funeral expenses and each family of a dead relative would continue to receive K10,000 that “our Republican President Mr Hakainde Hichilema pledged last year.”

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“We also took time to tour the Sensele Mine area just to appreciate and ensure that no one is operating without having put safety measures in place to safeguard the lives of our people working in these areas,” Matambo revealed.

He further urged all those operating mines that the government would not hesitate to order the cancellation of mining license for any license holder who would not adhere to mining safety guidelines as stipulated by law in this country.

“Our government is trying hard to repair this economy,and we would like to see all mines irrespective of how big or small they are to pay tax to the national treasury and council rates,” Matambo said.

In the early morning of December 1,2023 ,news broke out that about 36 miners were trapped at Sensele Mine in Chingola.

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