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Zomba families not yet compensated

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Three years after a substandard Nantchengwa Primary School block collapsed, fell on learners and killed four of them in the process, education authorities have not made any move to compensate victims of the dead.

The families of the four dead learners have been relying on the State machinery, notably Legal Aid Bureau (LAB).

Ironically, families of 48 learners that were injured in the accident have been compensated after changing lawyers from LAB to private practice ones.

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Speaking on Friday during the memorial service of the four learners, the parent of one of the four victims, Wilson Bonongwe, said he was concerned with what he called “tricks” by LAB on the issue.

“We have been in touch with our lawyers at Legal Aid Bureau since the matter was brought to the government’s attention. When our colleagues received their compensation packages after using private practice lawyers, we asked our representatives at Legal Aid Bureau and the only thing they could tell us is that we must wait,” Bonongwe said.

However, he claimed that the lawyers have been playing “tricks” on them because they no longer pick phone calls.

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LAB Deputy Director Trouble Kalua asked for more time before he could comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, Zomba Thondwe parliamentarian Roseby Gadama, where the incident occurred, has unveiled a tombstone at the school.

“We have done this to ensure that the school remembers the departed learners,” Gadama said.

Nantchengwa Primary School Head teacher Adam Diva said they would never forget the incident.

“Actually, we hold a memorial service on June 6 every year,” he said.

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