Vice President Inonge Wina says the death of the five Chirundu firefighters is devastating and great loss to the country. And Mrs. Wina says President Edgar Lungu is shocked with the news of the Chirundu accident.
Mrs. Wina who visited the survivors and the funeral homes today described the five firefighters as heroes. She said government will do everything possible to support the families of the deceased.
Mrs. Wina has however, requested the Road Development Agency to put up measures to curb accidents on the Chirundu road. She said it is disheartening to continue recording fatalities on the same road.
Meanwhile Chirundu District Commissioner, Alfred Haamunjo said the district records accidents almost every week at the spot where the fire fighters met their fate.
The five firefighters died on Saturday night when their Fire-Engine loaded with seven thousand litres of water rammed into a hill on the Chirundu road.
And Government is saddened by the death of five Chirundu district council fire fighters who died after their fire tender lost control and overturned as they returned from a rescue mission of trapped people in a vehicle that was earlier involved in an accident along the same road.
Speaking during a press brief Minister of Local Government and housing Deputy Minister, Nicholas Banda, said government is shock and conveys condolences to the families of the deceased employees who lost their lives in the course of duty.
Mr Banda said it is disheartening for government to learn of the death of four on the spot in the road mishap after they had just rescued a person trapped in another accident.
He said news of the accident which occurred around 19:00 hours along the Chirundu-Kafue Road at Kapiligonzi area is a great loss to government and the families.
He said the vehicle hit into a hill and over turned after reportedly losing breaks on its descent of a steep decline.
Mr Banda said government has since got on the ground to assist the respective families with funeral procession arrangements and health care of the surviving two.
The Deputy Minister said the deceased have been identified as Godfrey Kamalondo, Lackson Simukonda, Oscar Kaula, Happy Mwansa and Lackson Sinkamba while the two others that sustained injuries and were admitted at Mtendere mission hospital in Chirundu are in stable condition.