A person has died while six other members of the same family are admitted to Mangango Mission Hospital in Kaoma District after consuming suspected poisonous local drink popularly known as Munkoyo. Both Police and Kaoma District Commissioner Kennedy Mubanga have confirmed the incident involving a family of Mangowa village in Chief Mutondo’s area in Kaoma.
The seven family members took the suspected poisonous Munkoyo on Sunday morning for their breakfast and later developed stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhoea, resulting in the death of one family member. Mr. Mubanga identified the deceased as Imanga Mutoleka, aged 17.
He said the suspected poisonous Munkoyo was brewed by the mother to the deceased who is also a victim. Mr. Mubanga said Councillor Mathias Mwenzala reported the matter to Police who rescued the victims and rushed them to Mangango Mission Hospital.
And Kaoma District Hospital Director Idi Mwine described the condition of the victims as stable. Dr. Mwine said the samples of the Munkoyo drink have been taken to Lusaka for thorough laboratory tests. Police have since launched an investigation into the matter.
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