President Michael Chilufya Sata has sent a message of condolences to the families of the fifty three  people who have died in a road accident involving a Lusaka-bound bus which collided with a truck in Chibombo area this morning.
In a statament released to the media by his State House Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah, President Sata said that he was extremely saddened at the loss of more innocent lives in yet another road accident relating to public transport.
“Allow me on behalf of my Cabinet, the First Lady and indeed on my own behalf to convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” the Head of State said.
“We pray that the Lord almighty grants the bereaved families comfort and strength during this very painful period.”
President Sata said that it’s regrettable that the country has continued to lose valuable citizens through fatal road accidents.
The President has directed the Zambia Police Service and the Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA) to promptly step up their actions to arrest the situation.
The Head of State wished several injured travellers a quick recovery.
And Chief Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has said that Government has received with shock and horror the death of over 50 people in a road traffic accident involving a Post bus, a Land Cruiser and a truck on the Great North Road in Chibombo area of Central Province this morning.
In a statement to the media Mr Sakeni said that the accident was a national tragedy of immense grief and sorrow.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Zambia, I convey deep-felt condolences to the bereaved families on this tragic and untimely loss of lives,” the statement read.”
“As a nation, we pray to God Almighty for strength and comfort as we go through this sad and painful loss. We also wish the injured a quick and full recovery”
Mr Sakeni further said that Government was deeply concerned about the frequent road fatalities on the Zambian roads and will not rest in ensuring that tragedies of this nature are minimized.
He urged the Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RATSA) and other law enforcement agencies to work closely with motorists and other road users in ensuring that traffic rules and regulations are observed in order to make our roads safer.
Meanwhile, Passengers, Pedestrians and Cyclists Association (PAPECA) president Lawrence Kaoma has called on government to quickly increase the third party insurance scheme to adequately help road accident victims.
Mr. Kaoma said the current amount of about KR60, 000 per event was not enough to meet the challenge that victims of road accidents have to face.
He has therefore advised that the amount be raised to about KR75, 000 per person.
He said having such an amount in place would not only assist the families of the victims to benefit but also compel road users to take care on roads and not to put people at unwarranted risk.
Mr. Kaoma said it was saddening that a lot of people died in a road accident in Chibombo.
He has since conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased.
Recently, government revealed plans to establish a road fund accident to help facilitate compensation to victims and meet their financial and medical requirements.
Most road traffic victims faced challenges such as permanent physical disability and loss of employment.