THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Board is planning to start holding prayers as one of the several strategies to curb the increasing road accidents in the country.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said the RTSA Board told him that they would soon start holding prayers to seek God’s intervention on increasing road accidents in Zambia which have claimed many lives of citizens.
Speaking in an interview in Livingstone, Mr Mukanga said the first day of prayers was expected to take place on June 14, 2015 in Lusaka
“The RTSA board has told me one of the measures they want to do to mitigate road accidents is that they will be conducting prayers.
“I think they have set June 14, 2015 to pray for this country and move forward. We want to see a difference because we don’t want to lose more lives,” he said.
Mr Mukanga noted that many people had lost their lives due to road accidents which were caused by drivers.
“RTSA will be carrying out a number of big operations because of what is happening where we have continued to lose a lot of lives.
“We have to start doing 24 hours of checking what is happening on the roads as some of these road accidents would have been avoided. How do you expect nine people to travel in a Corolla and survive? That is seriously overloading and these are some of the issues we have been putting a blind eye and the effects have been very disastrous,” Mr Mukanga said.
He said if the probability of accident increased, there would chances that every person boarding a bus or taxi might not come back home.
“We don’t want to have such a probability. We want Zambians to take ownership and responsibility on the roads.
“Some of these young people who are dying in road accidents could have been our future doctors, engineers, teachers and politicians just to mention a few,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said it would be difficult to talk about sustainable development for the future at the rate in which a lot of people were dying through road accidents.
“We need to sustain these precious lives. It is unacceptable to continue losing lives especially through human error, overloading and careless driving.
“For parents who have money, they should not give their unlicensed children to drive their vehicle as this is risky. There is also need to stop the habit of drinking and driving as this is also a source of many road accidents,” Mr Mukanga said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mukanga said it was unacceptable that some police officers were ignoring the directive issued by Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila recently for them not to mount unnecessary roadblocks.
“If there is a security check on the road, it should be a security check and not where police officers are asking for other questionable things.
“Unnecessary roadblocks have been addressed by the Minister of Home Affairs and everybody should follow what the Minister has said. We are not going to accept a situation where the Minister has issues an instruction and some police offices are not following it,” Mr Mukanga said.