THREE United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres have died in a fatal road traffic accident in Munyumbwe area of Gwembe District, Southern Province Commissioner of Police Godwin Phiri has said.
Meanwhile, 62 UPND cadres have sustained serious injuries on Sunday after being involved in a road traffic accident.
Mr Phiri said the three cadres, whose names were yet to be established, met their fate yesterday morning (Monday) as they were being ferried in a canter to a Public Rally in Munyumbwe.
He said two males and one female were reported to be dead while 17 were injured and treated.
Mr Phiri said the police were on the ground to get more details over the matter.
In another development, Mr Phiri said 62 UPND cadres sustained serious injuries in Mazabuka after being involved in a road traffic accident.
Mr Phiri said the cadres were returning to Chief Mwanachingwala on Sunday after attending a Public Rally addressed by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
He said the accident occurred around 17:50 hours along Sikabanze road, Zambia Sugar Estate in Mazabuka and it involved a Tata truck with registration number AAT 3518.
The truck was coming from East to West and it was being driven by unknown driver of unknown age, address and names.
“The accident occurred when the driver lost control of his vehicle due to overloading of passengers.
“As he was turning right, his vehicle’s left wing flipped open and passengers fell in the Zambia Sugar Estate Canal,” he said.
Mr Phiri said about 62 passengers, who were UPND cadres, were returning from a Public Rally and they sustained serious injuries.
“The accident victims received treatment at Mazabuka Hospital. The driver is on the run and the vehicle had its right wing damaged.