ZNS commander grieves at death of fresh soldier

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ZAMBIA National Service (ZNS) commander Maliti Solochi says the military wing feels robed at the death of its newly trained soldier Mukela Sililo.

24 year-old Sililo, a private soldier, was among the 1, 471 ZNS military men and women who passed out at the institution’s Kabwe Training School on Friday.

He, however, died yesterday morning in a hit and run road accident in the Central Province capital.

In a message to mourn the passing of Sililo, Lieutenant General Solochi said ZNS will give the “gallant soldier” a befitting send-off, worth of a gallant private that he was.

Lt Gen Solochi has also appealed to Zambia Police to conduct speedy investigations and swiftly identify the culprit for justice to prevail.

“There is no doubt that ZNS has lost a vibrant young man who had demonstrated great potential and could have given so much value to the effectiveness of the institution.

“We feel painfully robed especially that it is highly costly to train a soldier,” Lt Gen Solochi said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family during this difficult time.”

He added that the ZNS command shares in the family loss of the death of Sililo.

“It is not only their loss but that of ZNS and the nation large as well.

“The service, on its part, pledges to give the soldier a befitting send-off, worth of a gallant private he was,” he said.

“We therefore, appeal to the Zambia Police to conduct speedy investigations and swiftly identify the culprit for justice to prevail.”

Kalemba March 17, 2024

Picture: Mukela Sililo with his mother on Friday

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