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 2010-05-05 11:43 pm Back to NEWS
Pontoon goes missing in Kazungula
Kazungula pontoon ferry

There has been panic today in Kazungula, where Engineering Services Corporation (ESCO), immigration, police and customs officers noticed that one of the three ferry pontoons went missing early in the morning.

According to a police officer, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, Southern Province minister Daniel Munkombwe was forced to rush to Kazungula to check on the situation and by 16:00 hours the pontoon had not yet been located.

“There is confusion amongst the ESCO workers as there is counter-accusations of negligence among the officers who should have made sure that the pontoon was safely and firmly secured after the workers knocked off and the border post closed on Tuesday at 18:00 hours,” the officer said.

Efforts to contact the pontoon manager a Mr Mutapo failed.

However, Munkombwe requested to be called after thirty minutes as he was driving from Kazungula.

According to sources, the pontoon was believed to have drifted eastwards by strong currents on the Zambezi River.

“The ESCO officers suspect that the pontoon drifted off in the easterly direction towards the Victoria Falls and it is still not yet known were it could have ended.

However, the ESCO officers have as at now rushed to Katombora where they suspect that the vessel could have been stuck at the rapids in that area,” the source said. “Others say that the pontoon could have been stuck somewhere at Islands of Siankaba.”

In September 2008, then communications minister Dora Siliya ordered that a third pontoon be provided for Kazungula to assist decongest the traffic at the border after the pontoon broke into two parts after an overloaded truck was allowed on it.

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