President Edgar Lungu has said it is with considerable regret that he learnt of the death of 25 people in a road traffic accident which happened today at Luanshimba between Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi districts in Central Province.
In a statement released to the media by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda, the President sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who perished in this tragic accident.
The President has since directed that Government will take over all expenses for the funerals of the deceased and assist as much as possible to alleviate the suffering of the mourners during this trying moment.
“The magnitude of the tragedy is shocking. That 25 people can at a go be killed in one act of recklessness is a sad reminder to all over us of the duty of care, we owe one another. It saddens me that despite the great work that RTSA is doing to create awareness on road safety, we still face tragedies like this due to carelessness of some people.”
The Head of State has also assured the nation that he will thoroughly examine the tender proceedings regarding the procurement of contracts to build dual carriage ways on such busy highways such as, between Lusaka and Copperbelt Provinces.
The President has directed that all Government agencies tasked with the responsibility to build dual carriage ways and safer public roads must expeditiously conclude the assignment to help reduce incidents of road carnage such as the ones experienced in recent months.
The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has since been dispatched to Kabwe to assess the requirements of the bereaved families and immediately commence to provide essential services needed to cushion off the sufferings of the affected families.
The President has further directed Central Province Minister Honourable Davies Chisopa to lead the Provincial Administration in working with the DMMU to lessen the burden of the families as much as possible.
Early today, Twenty five people died after a Wada Chovu Lusaka bound bus collided with an oncoming Mercedes Benz Minibus at a place called Manyumbi near Kabwe on the Great North Raod. Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda Charity Munganga-Chanda.
The accident is said to have happened when the Wada Chovu Bus attempted to avoid a stationed truck but ended up being in another lane in which it collided with an oncoming Mercedes Benz.
And In another related incident a Mazhandu bus has been involved in an accident in Kapiri Mposhi district. Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga says the accident involved a Mazhandu bus and a Toyata canter.
Ms Munganga says no one has been injured in the Mazhandu bus but that one person has been seriously injured in the Toyata canter.
Meanwhile, The Road Transport and Safety Agency RTSA has given Mazhandu Family bus services a Seven Day ultimatum to show cause why its operating licence should not be suspended or revoked.
Earlier, RTSA Senior Manager for Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga says investigations have reviewed that Mazhandu Family Buses Services abrogated the condition given under the Road Service Licence.
The ultimatum followed another accident on Monday involving a Lusaka-bound Mazhandu bus, registration number ALP 5119, in which six people died after the bus overturned on the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi.
Mr Mubanga explained that Mazhandu has not been adhering to the set speed limits.
He said RTSA Chief Executive Officer Zindabo Soko has since written to the operator asking them to exculpate themselves.
Mr Mubanga said Mazandu services has now up to Seven days to show cause why its licence should not be revoked or suspended.