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Survivors recall horrific accident

Time Posted: February 9, 2013 2:18 pm

University Teaching Hospital (UTH)

Survivors of the horrific Chibombo accident recalled with shock the accident which left 53 dead with the death toll having now increased by three more victims.Chibombo District Commissioner Felix Mangwato confirmed the latest deaths.Mr Mangwato said one of the passengers died on arrival at Liteta Hospital and another victim died while in admission at the hospital while the third one died on the way to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for emergency treatment. Among the dead are three police officers.

A visit at UTH found Pauline Banda Musonda who sustained a broken arm and leg, in agony.She told the Times that she was in deep shock, especially that she did not know the whereabouts of her husband.

“I am injured yes…but I don’t know where my husband is. We were together on the bus. I don’t know what happened…I don’t know whether he is alive or he is among those that died,” she said in her hospital bed.“The only thing I remember is when I was in a van being ferried to the hospital. I was so in shock. When the accident happened, most people in the bus were asleep,” she said.

Ms Musonda, who works for the Ndola High Court, said she was going to Lusaka to pick up court files from the Lusaka High Court and was scheduled to return to Ndola the same day.

Another victim Mike Bwalya, 22, a lorry mate to the deceased driver of the truck, only recalled seeing the van that caused the accident, overtake the Post bus.

“It was raining and it was on a curve, in the process of trying to avoid the Toyota Hilux, my uncle Joseph Kasongo, who was driving the truck lost control and went to hit into the oncoming bus. I cannot remember what transpired afterwards,” Mr Bwalya said.

Mr Bwalya who sustained a broken arm, injuries to the head and multiple bruises on his body, said he had joined his uncle and cousin on the trip as they transported mealie meal from Lusaka to the Copperbelt.

And Godfrey Chonde, a pastor, who was at pains to explain what transpired said he was asleep when the accident occurred.

”All I can remember is that I was on top of some bags that were in a truck, and after some time I realised that we had been involved in an accident. I cried to God and the next thing I saw was a white man coming to help me and put me in his van,” Pastor Chonde said.

UTH Public Relations manager Pauline Mbangweta said 12 people had been discharged.Ms Mbangweta said there were currently 10 victims, four male and six females that were still receiving treatment.

[Times of Zambia]

61 Comments

  1. vote
    flag kabale says: kabale
    February 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm |

    Too sad indeed.God comfort the bereaved families.

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    flag bwaima says: bwaima
    February 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm |

    The only thing I remember is when I was in a van being ferried to the hospital. I was so in shock. When the accident happened, most people in the bus were asleep,” she said. Zambia is useless taking someone in a van to the hospital

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    1. vote
      flag mojo says: mojo
      February 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm |

      My friend no one knew that the accident would happen, and there is no way people could have started waiting for ambulances before casualties could be taken to the hospital. Victims needed immediate medical attention. Bravo to the galant Zambians that sacrificed their vans for this noble cause, am sure someones life was saved.

    2. vote
      flag king fisher says: king fisher
      February 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm |

      that van made someone see this day.shaaaa

    3. vote
      flag Distant Drums says: Distant Drums
      February 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm |

      @2.1 mojo,
      Did you say ambulances? Bear with me I may be wrong, I’ve been away for a while and all I know is that there are no ambulances and patients being transported on bikes, wheelbarrows and vans if they can afford one.

    4. vote
      flag Bwalya says: Bwalya
      February 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm |

      Am I the only one who doesn’t like your picture?????? even in times like these you using that picture!

    5. vote
      flag Wilo says: Wilo
      February 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm |

      In such moments you can even carry people on ur head if have to just to save a life, you dont have to wait for an ambulance to come..thumbs up to those that provided vans to rush accident victims to the hospital

    6. vote
      flag Nkandu Kataya says: Nkandu Kataya
      February 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm |

      You’d rather wait for an ambulance to come fetch you from the middle of nowhere?

    7. vote
      flag mzambia wa zamani says: mzambia wa zamani
      February 10, 2013 at 12:23 am |

      Well said Mojo.Minor inconveniences don’t matter when precious life is at stake.

    8. vote
      flag daudi isabi says: daudi isabi
      February 10, 2013 at 5:12 am |

      you are the useless BAGGER – how were people transported after the paddington disaster in UK! Any means that can save lives in accidents should be uaed….that was an accident you *****!!

    9. vote
      flag Jungles says: Jungles
      February 11, 2013 at 8:21 am |

      my friend when an accident happens there is nothing like waiting for an ambulance. you so dull

  3. vote
    flag Marc Le Pere Mwanto says: Marc Le Pere Mwanto
    February 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm |

    So Sad…only God knows, am appealing to Satanism to stop killing innocent people is to bad. may their souls rest in peace

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      flag Mama says: Mama
      February 10, 2013 at 12:33 am |

      You read the ZWD too much. People lost their lives in an accident and you say satanism. Accidents do happen. By the way, don’t you find it strange that HH has never issued a statement whenever there is death? Also have you ever heard HH talk about God? I have never heard of HH in church. You may be right, maybe he is the Satanist and the devil is angry with Zambia for not voting for HH. People tell me that HH is an occultist. We need prayers for the nation. We are fighting against powers and principalities.

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    flag bwaima says: bwaima
    February 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm |

    Ms Musonda, who works for the Ndola High Court, said she was going to Lusaka to pick up court files from the Lusaka High Court and was scheduled to return to Ndola the same day.

    Useless Ndola Court why not send these or fax them please

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    1. vote
      flag ehillz says: ehillz
      February 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm |

      Clearly u have no knowledge of the nature of court documentation if u can propose that court files be ‘faxed’. Are u joking? Really? How shallow can u be? All u r doing is making baseless critisms. Everyone on that bus had a purpose. For constructive critisim castigate those wanting, the truck driver, the white guy in the hilux etc. Idiot

    2. vote
      flag Mweemba Hamweemba says: Mweemba Hamweemba
      February 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm |

      u re so ignorant whoever u re. have u ever seen how a case record looks like? don t comment on matters u don t know.

    3. vote
      flag Agnostic says: Agnostic
      February 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm |

      I agree. Government should learn to embrace technologies for these simple things. Simply scanning the documents and putting them on their network or internet makes the documents ready available anywhere in the world within seconds.

    4. vote
      flag mwebantu says: mwebantu
      February 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm |

      what happened to the case iles she was taking from ndola to lusaka?

    5. vote
      flag daudi isabi says: daudi isabi
      February 10, 2013 at 5:19 am |

      IGNORANT!! That would take too long Arse whore!! Even a courier can face an accident….useless bastard with no known father!!

  5. vote
    flag Mo taim says: Mo taim
    February 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm |

    Ala bwafya bane.Ati ubushiku usheme neshimbala chilosha.

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  6. vote
    flag Malaika says: Malaika
    February 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm |

    Very Very sad indeed.

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  7. vote
    flag Mo taim says: Mo taim
    February 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm |

    But why should Pauline Banda Musonda use public transport while on government business ? It defies my logic.

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      flag Distant Drums says: Distant Drums
      February 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

      Worse still court files highly confidential to be handled that way. Is Zambia still that backward?

    2. vote
      flag Obama says: Obama
      February 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm |

      I’m equally dismayed.

    3. vote
      flag dunga says: dunga
      February 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm |

      she probably was meant to use govt transport on the way back,who knows…

    4. vote
      flag Dora ndayi fulila says: Dora ndayi fulila
      February 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm |

      my dear thats boma for u..u use public transport..its alengthly process getting vehicle clearance and wat have u..so the best option is to give an officer transport allowance,lunch allowance and subsistance allowance .but she mentioned she was travelling with her husband ..thats a little suspect!

    5. vote
      flag daudi isabi says: daudi isabi
      February 10, 2013 at 5:24 am |

      to save cost!! in UK permanent secretaries, ministers and mayors use public transport such as trains, buses or even bicycles!! London mayor Boris always cycles, etc. You Zambiana are so weird in thinking…..what’s really wrong with you dunderheads?

  8. vote
    flag mary says: mary
    February 9, 2013 at 3:11 pm |

    We need dual carriageway. Too many head on collissions. Its the innocent who die.There’s too mcu overtaking cos people are in a hurry, too many vehicles on th roads.Police should monitor speed along the route and not concetrate on the usual road blocks.Pls PF government put in systems of casualty management on site of accident and during transportation of victims.Most people die because of lack of medical attention and poor handling.Imagine you’re injured and carried in a van!God have mercy on people of Zambia.

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    1. vote
      flag Ulemona says: Ulemona
      February 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm |

      One Sata in opposition would have rushed to the scene, condemned the govt and offered ill (half)-baked solutions! Surprisingly, he’s now so quiet one can hear the deafening silence. Some people are just loud mouths – no substance!

  9. vote
    flag IDACHI says: IDACHI
    February 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm |

    MS PAULINE BANDA,DIDN’T HAVE TO TRAVEL TO LUSAKA
    IS THE HIGH COURT NOT COMPUTERISED TO USE E-MAIL?
    MONEY AND IMPREST TO BE PAID TO HER IS SURELY MORE
    THAN THE COST OF SENDING PAPERS BY DHL

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      flag daudi isabi says: daudi isabi
      February 10, 2013 at 5:30 am |

      BUT DHL CAN ALSO BE INVOLVED IN OR CAUSE AN ACCIDENT – WHEE IS YOUR LOGIC? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ZAMBIANS ….. THEY DONT THINK. THAT IS WHY COMPANIES LIKE ZAMBIA SUGAR CHEAT YOUR GOVTS ON DUBIOUS TAX DEALS!!

    2. vote
      flag Chanda says: Chanda
      February 10, 2013 at 7:02 am |

      Have ever seen the size of court files? With law everything must be original, no scanned document is accepted. The courts should engage in contracting one of the courier companies to be doing this for them.

    3. vote
      flag Nkomeki says: Nkomeki
      February 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm |

      I thought this Post bus is supposed to carry posted items. Why don’t they post the court documents instead of having someone waste all that working time travelling even risking lives as you can see now. Even diplomatist have diplomatic bags they use to post documents.

  10. vote
    flag bubbles says: bubbles
    February 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm |

    Hw arrogant can some of u be…..its in th middle of no were and u xpect ambulances to be readily available. Let’s be realistic before we comment those vans saved some of our pipo not aLl was lost.

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  11. vote
    flag Zebbies says: Zebbies
    February 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm |

    It is sad indeed to lose precious bro’s and sisters in the manner it happened… Zambia has continued to improve in as far as automobile ownership is concerned, and yet the road infrastructure remains the same…… narrow…. one lane and busy….

    So the best is that GRZ and even under PPP to create dual carriage ways for L/stone – Lusaka and great north road through to Chingola.. and Kasumbalesa also to do the same for Chingola and Solwezi( Zambia’s new copper source)

    One thing Zambias… Let us show It again

    ” UNITY” As we put to rest our dear beloved ones.

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  12. vote
    flag Ulemona says: Ulemona
    February 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm |

    One Sata in opposition would have rushed to the scene, condemned the govt and offered ill (half)-baked solutions! Surprisingly, he’s now so quiet one can hear the deafening silence. Some people are just loud mouths – no substance! Just thinking of his retirement home – when did he earn the retirement home? In opposition, is it?

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  13. vote
    flag Balwite says: Balwite
    February 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

    The other thing to do is to equip high way hospitals like Kapiri, Liteta on that strech and Serenje, Mkushi and Chilonga and Mpika hospitals. with mordern equipment to be able to attend to such emergencies, equally the police stations should have better transport and ambulances to effectively do partrols on the road. In this way some lives can also be saved. District councils like Mpika, Chibombo, Mkushi, Kapiri Kabwe inclusive and the new Chisamba should have good dependable fire tenders vehicles and equipment.

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    1. vote
      flag mature says: mature
      February 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm |

      ooh! at last..
      someone is thinking afterall.
      keep it up.

  14. vote
    flag Bwalya says: Bwalya
    February 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm |

    @ 4, please change that picture of yours – am sure you’ve better pictures than the one currently on display – it’s a brotherly advice given for the sake of our Christian Nation.

    Reply
  15. vote
    flag Octopus Paul Bwalya says: Octopus Paul Bwalya
    February 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm |

    What time are u closing today am not feeling well hence this request are u opening tommorow

    Reply
  16. vote
    flag really says: really
    February 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm |

    what has happened is heart wrenching, 53+ people is a lot, even if it were just one person who died. some on this blog are completely foolish and cannot even distinguish important matters from minutia. Chi bwaima ulichipuba pafipuba – and get lost.

    to the sensible and wise, given that most on this blog are outside ZED – what can we do to affect change, how can we collectively impact policies at home e.g push politicians to be more effective? – we definitely need better highways, schools, hospitals etc – but our current genre of politicians seem not to see the urgency of this, – please HELP

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  17. vote
    flag mm says: mm
    February 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm |

    What about national emergeny lines plus helicopters for first aiders. I can asure you that many people die in accidents due to excessive bleeding!

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    1. vote
      flag Judgement Day says: Judgement Day
      February 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm |

      MY DEAR ZAMBIA IS A BIG CIRCUS.THERE ARE NO AMBULANCES AND YET MINISTERS ARE USING THE LATEST RANGE OF CARS.

  18. vote
    flag Stephanie says: Stephanie
    February 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm |

    My dear friend’s father is a survivor.
    My friend is telling me his father is NOT GETTING PROPER MEDICAL CARE!
    He has a terrible back injury and isn’t receiving pain medication or CAT scans or needed MRI. He is being ignored!
    What can be done??
    Please help me assist my friend!
    Thank you,
    Stephanie

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      flag Judgement Day says: Judgement Day
      February 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm |

      WHERE IS HE ADMITTED?IF HE IS IN LUSAKA ASK HIM TO DEMAND TO SEE THE HEAD OF THE DEPT. AND IF THAT FAILS GET A CELL NUMBER FOR THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL.DOCTORS WHO ARE READING THIS BLOG PLEASE HELP THE THIS FRIEND’S FATHER.PLEASE!

    2. vote
      flag Stephanie says: Stephanie
      February 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm |

      THANK YOU!!
      He is at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.
      I will pass on your reply, thank you so much!

  19. vote
    flag 11 misseed calls says: 11 misseed calls
    February 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm |

    This story is very tormenting. why do you continue bringing it as though its fan.

    Reply
  20. vote
    flag Airtime Sakala says: Airtime Sakala
    February 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm |

    Guys even in UK USA Europe etc. there are terrible accidents sometimes, even bigger than this one, but people don’t just blame government?? You need to get a grip some of you guys, people have died, it’s not about your stupid obsession with Sata!!!!!

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  21. vote
    flag chinyama says: chinyama
    February 10, 2013 at 12:50 am |

    road network should be given attention.lsk mazabuka, mpika nakonde road ,didnt think we would hve such roads in zed by now.Limited speed givs driver enough time to make life serving decisons on the roads, economically th govt should make alot of over taking lanes and plenty signs, this will stop these occurrances.Urgent attention required here……

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  22. vote
    flag Dr Chistine Kasebana says: Dr Chistine Kasebana
    February 10, 2013 at 1:42 am |

    Sorry kwena bane ,this is indeed a dark period in the country.Condolences to the families who lost their beloved ones.Quick recovery to those injured and recieving treatment in our poor hospitals .How i wish i could take you all to India.At least there mwandi there is care no wonder my hubby sneaks out from time to time bakali bamwenye.My hubby is ashamed of himself about the things he used to say about Indians.He has indeed swallowed his arrongant Bemba pride on this one.

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  23. vote
    flag Checha says: Checha
    February 10, 2013 at 6:39 am |

    Some bloggers’ comments are so outrageous that one would not help thinking that they are bastards born out of incest.

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  24. vote
    flag SEKELETI says: SEKELETI
    February 10, 2013 at 7:53 am |

    Our tendency as Zambians is that whenever there’s a crisis of such huge magnitude, we refer to easily “explain away” issues. There is a Pastor on ZWD who claims the deaths are ritualistic. Come off it! Its not a secret that our drivers are the worst bunch of traffic rule violators in the whole of southern Africa, that our roads are the narrowest, without navigational markings compared to the rest of the region. Our traffic officers have no enforcement abilities especially on long routes. Broaden the roads and navigate them. Introduce fast track traffic courts with stiff penalties. Most accidents happen at an “overtaking phase”. So dual carriege ways are an absolute necessity. Let’s learn to intelligently, and rationally analyze than always hide behind spirituality. Let’s not be…

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  25. vote
    flag Chindakwanda-Galileo Galilei says: Chindakwanda-Galileo Galilei
    February 10, 2013 at 9:07 am |

    I wish to convey my condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured quick recovery. This is a tragedy to the nation. We should do what we can to improve road safety. We should build dual carriage ways from L/stone to Solwezi. This is actually in the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP). Let’s find the money mwe. That which we can not change we leave to God. God help us.

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  26. vote
    flag Chindakwanda-Galileo Galilei says: Chindakwanda-Galileo Galilei
    February 10, 2013 at 9:18 am |

    May the souls of our departed relatives rest in peace.

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  27. vote
    flag Good for nothing Zambians says: Good for nothing Zambians
    February 10, 2013 at 9:45 am |

    There you go again uttering rubbish !!!!
    You good for nothing zambians when are you going to learn?
    You suffer from a talking sydrome which leaves you completely ******!!!!
    you lazy people!!!!
    good for nothing nation!!!!

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  28. vote
    flag SEKELETI says: SEKELETI
    February 10, 2013 at 11:38 am |

    @27. Which rubbish are you talking about? Be blunt and precise, so that bloggers learn. Otherwise you will be accused of waffling, you yourself.

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  29. vote
    flag Chindakwanda-Galileo Galilei says: Chindakwanda-Galileo Galilei
    February 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm |

    Ati good for nothing Zambians? That is an insult. What has annoyed you specifically? What kind of talk is not making sense to you? Looking at the way you have put across your statement, you may be a good for nothing blogger kwena mwe. Pure filth you are spilling here. Let’s hear/read your wise words kaili. Otherwise remain a ****. This is a forum meant for people to express themselves. I mean which nation does not talk?

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  30. vote
    flag the artist says: the artist
    February 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm |

    Pastor Chonde’s “testimony”makes interesting reading.A true reflection of what goes on in many’s mind when they pray.Visualising a white god.Only this time his miracle became real.And you wonder why we forever look to the west for the rest of our aid?there is where “god ” resides.

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    flag the artist,chiinga siavwapa says: the artist,chiinga siavwapa
    February 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm |

    Pastor Chonde’s “testimony”makes interesting reading.It to me is a true reflection of what goes on in many a mind when they pray.Visualising a white god.Only this time his miracle became real and now you wonder why we forever look to the west for the rest of our aid?There in the west is where “god ” resides.At most some minds in high places seem believe so ,having no or little faith in their own people and placing hope in people alien to the day to day lives of ordinary Zambians.I say look within for solutions will only come from them that know and feel it.You in positions of influence ,listen to the street man talking.From him may come solutions to circumvent the begging situation for better.

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    flag Mabelle says: Mabelle
    February 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

    I see something genuinely interesting about your web blog so I saved to favorites .

    Reply
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    flag arm cuff blood pressure monitor says: arm cuff blood pressure monitor
    February 16, 2013 at 5:56 am |

    The main idea to purchase a blood pressure monitor is because you want a fast and accurate machine that you can easily operate at home. You want something that straps on and with a push of a button reads and finishes the reading in less than 3 minutes. That’s the standard you want to put up.

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