Botswana Defence Force fallen soldier Lance Corporal Zikamee Kamai’s body has arrived home after meeting an untimely death while on duty at Nkonga, Nangade in the Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique.

Colonel Siphiwo Mphahlwa briefly mentioned that Lance Corporal Kamai who was deployed with Botswana Defence Force’s third SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), he and his team, comprising Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania and Lesotho forces went on an offensive patrol and made contact with a terrorist defensive position Nkonga. After a lengthy shootout with the terrorist, Lance Corporal Kamai got shot in the leg leading to excessive bleeding and he succumbed to his wounds.

“It is indeed an unfortunate and somber moment for all of us at the SAMIM Force. The SAMIM leadership would like to thank the BDF fraternity for affording them an opportunity to serve with Lance Corporal Kamai,” said Col. Mphahlwa.

The deceased’s older brother, Mr Andrew Kamai described his younger sibling’s death as a heavy blow to the family and even though the family was grieving, they believed the fallen soldier’s life was worth celebrating.

“He was a hardworking young man who was committed to his family and work. A man who has a strong attachment with his work. He served his purpose on earth and fought a good fight,” said Mr Kamai.

Funeral arrangements of Lance Corporal Kamai are ongoing and he will be laid to rest at his home village of Kareng.

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