Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people has attributed the high rate of road traffic accidents in the Northern province to the increased number of unlicensed drivers.
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu said this when a team of officials from the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) led by board chairperson Webster Nonde and Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko paid a courtesy call on him at his palace today.
The Mwinelubemba said the high number of unlicensed drivers is a major contributing factor to road carnage in the region.
He noted that RTSA has a huge task to reduce the increasing number of accidents in the area.
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu has since praised the RTSA Northern region team for the efforts being made in road safety regulation.
And RTSA Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko said the agency recognizes the role traditional leaders play in raising awareness on road safety.
Mr. Soko revealed that RTSA decided to take advantage of the installation of Paramount Chief Chitimukulu tomorrow and the Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena traditional ceremony on August 1 to conduct road safety education campaigns saying patrols will also be intensified.
Meanwhile, RTSA board Chairperson Webster Nonde has warned motorists against abrogating traffic rules while driving to and from the two ceremonies in Mungwi district this weekend.
Earlier, Northern Province Permanent Secretary Hlobotha Nkunika said the motoring public should not be intimidated by the presence of RTSA officers but instead feel secure.
The installation of paramount chief Chitimukulu will take place tomorrow on Friday 31st July , 2015 while the Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena Bemba Traditional ceremony is on Saturday 1st August, 2015.
President Edgar Lungu is tomorrow expected to grace the installation of Kanyanta Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu the 38th while Vice President Inonge Wina will be the guest of honour at the Ukusefya Pa Ngwenya traditional ceremony on Saturday, August 1, 2015 .