a Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.
A Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.

A DIPLOMAT from Turkish Embassy in Lusaka died on spot at the weekend after being involved in road traffic accident along the Zimba-Livingstone road in Southern Province.

Three other passengers sustained multiple injuries and are admitted at Zimba Mission Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

Provincial Police Commissioner Mary Chikwanda, who confirmed the incident yesterday, identified the deceased as Masuk Bektas, 53 who was driving from Lusaka to Livingstone.

Ms Chikwanda named the three passengers as Huseyin Erben, 28, Aykut Kaesa, 16, and Nathal Zorlu, 46 who are believed to be also officials from the embassy.

She said Mr Bektas, who was driving a Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to alleged excessive speeding.

Ms Chikwanda said in an interview that the accident happened on Sunday around 07:20 hours about 15 kilometers from Zimba Township.

“Mr Bektas, a diplomat from Turkish Embassy died on spot due to excessive speeding, the car overturned to the right side of the road and he (Mr Bektas) sustained head injuries,” she said.

Ms Chikwanda said the three passengers who sustained multiple injuries, were immediately rushed to Zimba District Hospital for treatment.

She said that Mr Erben sustained bruises on his right hand while Mr Kaesa, a juvenile, sustained a swollen leg.

Ms Chikwanda said Ms Zorlu suffered a backache and was also admitted to Zimba mission hospital while the body of Mr Bektas was lying at Zimba Mission hospital mortuary.

Onlookers at the accident scene
Onlookers at the accident scene
Two of the passengers who survived
Two of the passengers who survived
a Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.
A Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.
a Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.
A Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.
a Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.
A Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to suspected speeding.
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    • Didn’t I tell you that under Kabimba there will be Armageddon will start from the south before the almighty Sata comes back from the EAST. I told you that start counting…
      – The train derailed
      – Now diplomats to die …. keep reporting!!

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  1. Since when did a Toyota Verossa become a Toyota Alteza?
    ZP mutamba chinese Transformers.

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  2. too sad. look at our emergency preparedness. despite Zimba been a district no descent ambulance within the vicinity. hence, the Turks were holding to their ka bag despite being in agony. I can imagine the Tongas saying ” Musa amunjante bagegy Mubemba abola”

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    • What’s wrong with holding on to their documents and probably cash? These guys were travelling to the border town and our tourist centre of Zambia probably with the intention of crossing over to Zimbabwe as well. It’s just so sad that we do not have paramedics near our high roads to tend to accident victims in the most advanced and civilised way rather than shovelling them in the back of a lorry on potholed Zambian roads. Accident victims ought not be moved immediately until a paramedic has ascertained whether or not they can be moved. These pictures will do rounds on the internet to confirm our unpreparedness to have tourists flock our country. We can not cope in terms of a mass hospitalisation exercise of unexpected accident involving many people bar for 4.

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  3. No emergency response ambulances in Zambia. Injured passengers bundled at the back of a Zesco truck like chickens-in this day and age. We are busy boasting that Zambia is developing. How shameful indeed!!

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  4. So when you dial 911 (or the zambian equivalent) who shows up?..My condolences to the Turkish diplomats.We need road signs in Zambia don’t just blame people for over speeding are there clearly marked speed limit signs,signs to show the road curves etc?

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  5. Too bad MHSRIP dieing in a foreign land of Zambia really are signs of bad things coming to our beloved kantri

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  6. what do you expect when they are ill they go to israel for medication. You sit here praising them for nothing..no ambulance,No proper medication in hospitals, poor roads etc. You even use pangas to kill one another whilst theire enjoying your money

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  7. Atese. Emergency response…..bwafya kuti no mu lwele afwila kukununka kwa chi li tenti.

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  8. May the soul of the departed rest in peace and God conformt the family. Quick recovery to the injured survivors….Even I would cling on to my bag if I survived and I’m not joking at all.

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