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Building collapses, kills one

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  • A check by the Daily Nation on the scene, found a team of Zambia Airforce (ZAF), a rescue team from Lusaka City council (LCC) Fire brigade, Zambia police and some members of the community helping to retrieve the body and rescue the two men who were trapped under the building.

By KALOBWE BWALYA
ONE man has died on the spot, while two have survived with severe injuries following the collapse of a building they were working on in Libala’s Katungu area in Lusaka.

A check by the Daily Nation on the scene, found a team of Zambia Airforce (ZAF), a rescue team from Lusaka City council (LCC) Fire brigade, Zambia police and some members of the community helping to retrieve the body and rescue the two men who were trapped under the building.
And Lusaka Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga has since summoned Lusaka City Council town Clerk Alex Mwansa and the engineers from LCC to submit the report concerning the safety of the building.
Mr Kamanga who was accompanied by Lusaka District Commissioner David Silubanje also questioned the credibility of the engineers and wondered why the engineers from LCC were not taking assessment of the rubble.
Mr Kamanga said it is unfortunate that a life has been lost in such a negligent manner, therefore government would not hesitate to take action against anyone that would be found in the wrong.
Mr Kamanga said such disasters could be avoided at all the time, if people followed the right procedure.
He said investigations have since been instituted to find out what led to the collapse of the building because government would not sit idle and watch people doing wrong things with impunity.
Meanwhile, police have since identified the deceased only as Joster aged 40 of unknown address.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale confirmed the incident to Daily Nation that among the injured one man has also been identified has Akushanga Mwimamenwa, a construction site manager whose age is not yet known of Kamwala South in Lusaka, while the other one is yet to be identified.
Mr Mwale said police have since opened an Inquiry file into the incident where eight people were on site working during the accident, but five escaped unhurt around 11:00 hours yesterday.
And Kabwata member of Parliament, Given Lubinda has expressed concern over the accident and the extension of the building without engaging the engineers from LCC.

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