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Forensics Identify Victims of Serenje RTA, Remains Ready for Burial 

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Dickson Matembo, flagged off the transportation of the remains of the victims from the tragic road traffic accident (RTA) in Serenje. 

The accident, which occurred on May 2, 2024, resulted in the deaths of seven people after a fuel tanker collided head-on with a Dangote truck and trailer.

Mr. Matembo confirmed that the remains, which were burnt to ashes, have been identified and are now being transported for dignified burial by their relatives. 

He highlighted the coordinated efforts of the Police Service, the State Forensic Pathologist, and the Forensic Science and Biometrics Department in achieving the identification.

“The ministry acknowledges the rights of the victims to identification in the aftermath of such a disaster. The identification of victims is not only a moral obligation but also a crucial step in the grieving and healing process for families and communities,” stated Mr. Matembo.

This identification marks the first time human remains have been identified locally in Zambia, a significant milestone that Mr. Matembo commended. Previously, such investigations were conducted outside the country at high costs. 

“The shift to local investigation not only demonstrates improved capabilities but also financial responsibility,” he added.

State Pathologist Dr. Adam Muchenleng’anga expressed gratitude for the coordinated efforts that made the identification possible. 

He praised the state-of-the-art equipment at the forensic lab, which facilitated the process, allowing DNA results to be produced in just 10 days—a feat never achieved before in Zambia.

“The state-of-the-art equipment at the forensic lab made the work of the forensic experts easier. DNA results were produced in 10 days, which has never been done,” said Dr. Muchenleng’anga.

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