Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Police recovers US $61,000 from bus accident scene in Chinsali

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The Zambia Police Service in Chinsali district of Muchinga Province have recovered a total of 61,000 United States dollars from the scene of the fatal Tanzanian Taqwa bus which claimed three lives.

Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Remmy Kajoba has confirmed the development in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Chinsali today.

Mr Kajoba said 21,000 United States Dollars was recovered from the accident scene while the remainder was recovered from the survivor who claimed that he took it from the deceased body of the bus conductor and wanted to take it back to the owners of the bus.

Mr Kajoba said the money was handed over to the Taqwa Bus Services Managers from Mbeya in Tanzania who came to claim the bodies of their workers and one passenger.

He said that the money was handed over to the company owners in the presence of one of the survivors who also confirmed that this was the money they had on the bus.

Other survivors currently admitted at Chinsali district hospital said they have not lost anything from the accident scene apart from one female passenger who is still unconscious.

The Taqwa Bus Services Managers have also taken all the goods, mainly boxes of body lotions which were on the bus.

Yesterday three people died on the spot in Shiwangándu district of Muchinga Province in the early of today in a fatal road traffic accident involving a Tanzanian Taqwa bus and a truck and trailer.

Five others have suffered multiple body injuries and have been admitted to Chinsali district hospital.

Both Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Remmy Kajoba and Muchinga Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Jewis Chabi have confirmed the accident in separate interviews with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Shiwangandu.

Mr Kajoba said the accident involving a Tanzanian Taqwa bus registration number T298 BLZ which was coming from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a Tanzanian registered truck number T302 BBR and Trailer number T453 AHP which was coming from Lusaka happened between 04:00 and 05:00 hours at Chikumba Village, 29 Km North of Shiwangándu district along the Great North Road.

Mr Kajoba identified the deceased as Osward Daison Mwawapa the driver, Mapinduzi Gilbert Siwale the conductor adding that the third victim, a passenger has not yet been identified.

The deceased and the five injured are all from the Taqwa bus.

Mr Kajoba explained that the bus was trying to overtake the truck when it lost control and hit into the trailer, horse and flipped on its left side.

The bus which was full of goods from Congo DRC had only 11 people on board while the truck which was also going to Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania was empty.

And Muchinga Deputy Permanent Secretary Jewis Chabi who was found at the accident scene appealed to family members and friends who had their relatives on the Taqwa bus to go to Chinsali and help in identifiying one victim who has not yet been identified.

Mr Chabi has also cautioned motorists not to be over speeding adding that some of the accidents on the Zambian roads are caused by reckless drivers who do not obey traffic rules.

Meanwhile, Chinsali district hospital Senior Nursing officer Stanley Patela has confirmed that the hospital received three Brought In Dead (BID) and five injured passengers.

Mr Patela said from the five injured passengers, four have stabilized while a female Tanzanian patient has been unconscious from the time she was taken to the ward.

The bodies of the three bus victims are currently lying at Chinsali district hospital mortuary.

ZANIS

21 COMMENTS

  1. I understand those buses from Tanzania have no seats in them.The survivor took the money from the dead and said she was going to hand it over to the owner of the bus.That’s a first LOL

  2. Kajoba,say the truth,was that all you recovered? I know you bujus,you share the money and delare the change just like you did at Liato’s farm!

  3. Why report that the money was recovered and handed over, is it a MIRACLE or first time the ZP has been honesty?

  4. This is selfsame money that the gov’t and ZRA should be encouraging SMEs to put in the bank…too many billions of dollars on the black market!!

  5. We should commend the police for returning the money to the owners of the bus. Way to go Zambia. Truth and sincerity.

  6. BWANA KAJOBA, WELL DONE FOR ZP HONESTY , WHO SAYS THAT ALL ZP OFFICERS ARE CORRUPT? 61,000 USD IS A LOT OF MONEY AND IT COULD HAVE TURNED ANYBODY TO BE GREEDY.THE BUS OWNER SHOULD BE VERY GRATEFULL TO MR KAJOBA AND HIS POLICE OFFICERS.I SUGEST THAT THE OWNER SHOULD DONATE AT LEAST 10,000 USD TOWARDS ZAMBIA POLICE SO THEY COULD BUY SOMETHING USEFULL TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.GOD BLESS OUR ZP

    • That’s their job they are paid by the taxpayer to do exactly that..if your maid does an excellent job of cleaning your house are you going to pay her extra? If anything the should be commended or promoted by ZP.

  7. Bembas dont hand back monies, aha she was Tanzanian. but police how come u hand over evidence within hours??

  8. way to go ZP. iam so pleased by that gesture you showed to the out side world that ZP is not corrupt. continue like that for God will reward you Kajoba and your men.

  9. lets be cautious when driving along great north road more especially after mpika going to nakonde cause the road has so many potholes and danger spots

  10. Taqwa bus drivers can be very reckless. I remember driving behind one just near Chisamba and this guy almost rammed into an oncoming truck as he tried to overtake another bus at a curve. I trailed him and informed the police at the Chisamba check point.

  11. Taqwa Bus in known for over speeding and unnecessory overtaking even in the caves.these drivers drive as if they dont think. i hate the way Tanzanian Drivers drive. so careless on the road.

  12. Zambia police officers of today have big mansions(bungallows), all in the name of peacekeeping. Taqwa management must be grateful to Kajoba. I have known him as a forthright person and servant of God and pipo. Hats off my big bro. Otherwise, even the one critically unconcious passenger was gonna be sorted out at the scene of the accident to provide leverage for the loot. Blood money!! Awe sure. Cops!! Mwanyanya. Zambia needs cleansing. Bigtime so!!

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