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Alba Iulia
Monday, April 6, 2020

Mtendere residents demand speed humps

General News Mtendere residents demand speed humps

Mtendere Ward Councilor Benjamin Chanda has condemned the behaviour of some motorists in the area who are in the habit of over speeding thereby causing deaths of innocent pedestrians.

Mr Chanda said irresponsible motorists in the township drive their vehicles without any regard to pedestrian in the area.

The area Councilor told the Zambia News and Information Services(ZANIS) in an interview in Lusaka that so many lives have been lost in the township due to lack of speed humps and over speeding.

Mr Chanda, however, promised the residents that the Council had already paid close to K100,000.00 to a named contractor towards the construction of speed humps in all the dangerous spots of the roads in Lusaka.

He however warned that if the Council fails to erect speed humps in Mtendere ward in the quickest possible time, he would take it upon himself and the community to put up even cement made humps to prevent people from dying as a result of over-speeding by motorists.

He added that there are a lot of densely populated roads in Mtendere township which need quick intervention because so many lives have been lost due to careless driving.

Two children aged 10 and 13 years were hit by a speeding vehicle on one of the busy roads in the township recently

Grandmother to Ruth Simpukwe, an eye witness, Rebecca Mpikwe said her granddaughter was hit as she was trying to cross the road to draw water from the other side of the road.

Ms Mpikwe said the owner of the vehicle rushed the girl to Levy Mwanawasa Hospital where she is currently admitted.

She praised the driver of the vehicle for taking care of the logistics and rushing the victims to the hospital in the quickest possible time to save their lives.

Ms Mpikwe said another boy, aged 13 years, only identified as Chola Mulenga who was in the company of her granddaughter Ruth escaped unhurt and was discharged the same day.

But Police Spokesperson Charity Chanda said police had not yet received a report on the matter.

The Police Spokesperson, however, advised members of the public to learn to report road traffic offenses to the Police Traffic section at the nearest police station whenever an accident occurs.

Ms Chanda said most people resort to settle road traffic matters without police knowledge which she said was contrary to the law.

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  1. My appeal to the authorities, it is not right to wait for the disaster for an action to take effect. We all know very well that high density areas roads need to have retarders because of the levels of excitement which are exhibited by motorists whenever a road is done.
    So any road that is constructed, immediately the council must move in and advise the contractor on where to put retarders or humps to prevent the loss of life. many are the times communities celebrate for the newly constructed township roads without considering other risk factors.
    I therefore once again appeal to the authorities and the community at large to do a though risk assessment on all township roads to avoid loss of life.

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