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First Lady consoles mine victims’ families

FIRST Lady Esther Lungu yesterday consoled families of four miners who perished in the underground mine accident at Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Kitwe, with a message for them to look to God for comfort and strength.
Mrs Lungu encouraged the families, who are anxiously waiting for the rescue team to retrieve the remains of their loved ones, to look to God as they mourn because He is the author and giver of life.
Mrs Lungu said the first family, especially President Lungu, is deeply saddened by the tragedy that claimed the lives of the four miners at MCM’s South Ore Body Shaft in Kitwe nine days ago.
Mrs Lungu said the death of the miners is painful.
The deceased miners have been identified as Emmanuel Kyongola of J59 Chamboli, Honest Mushota of 74 Geddes Street (Nkana East), Arnold Mambwe of H2-63 Chamboli and Abel Munthali of 893 Ndeke Township.
“President Lungu’s heart is heavy. We cannot stop God’s will, but we can always depend on Him for comfort. We should leave everything to Him,” Mrs Lungu said.
She said all Zambians are mourning with the bereaved families of the miners.
Meanwhile, Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe said President Lungu was equally touched by the deaths, hence his decision to ask the first lady to visit the bereaved families and mourn with them.
Earlier, Mrs Lungu attended the funeral service of the late Mr Jesley Ngoma, a transport officer at State House, who died in a road traffic accident on Thursday last week.
Mr Ngoma was buried at Chingola Road Cemetery in Kitwe, where government officials and church leaders gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased.

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