The Zambia National Service has dispatched several of its health personnel to Kabwe Training camp following the death of three recruits during military training over the last two weeks, according to sources.
And a relative of Rosalyn Chanda, one of the recruits who died in the course of training at the ZNS camp, insists that the deceased was severely beaten by instructors prior to her demise.
Sources yesterday disclosed that Chanda, 25 was the first recruit to die after she was admitted to Kabwe general Hospital, where the other two were also later referred to.
“The matter was actually being dealt with by the police at Prospect Police Station,” the source said. “The girl was vomiting blood.”
The source said Chanda secretly complained of the beatings they were getting in a phone conversation with her relatives between July 20 and 22, 2012 and where she informed them that she had since been admitted to the camp clinic for about four days as a result.
About 658 trainees where recruited in the routine ZNS training, whose training is strictly military. The recruitment of those currently undergoing training at Zambia Army, Zambia Police and ZNS was deemed fraudulent by the majority qualified youths who were left out due to nepotism and corruption.
ZNS director of public relations said he had to gather the facts before he could deny or confirm that three recruits had died during training at the Kabwe camp.