This follows another tragic road accident involving Mazhandu Bus Services on Tuesday which claimed 10 lives near Kapiri Mposhi.
Figures from the Road Transport and Safety Agency show that Mazhandu has the worst accident record of all bus operators with 10 fatal accidents recorded last year.
Dr Chanda said with figures from RTSA showing that Mazhandu has a worse accident profile, the revocation of its operating licence is the only option.
“I just drove by the tragic accident scene involving Mazhandu bus and a truck near Kabwe. Many people have lost their lives and many badly injured. Each of the victims on this accident was the most important person to someone,” Dr Chanda said.
He added, “Arriving in Ndola a few minutes ago I’m told of a mother who has died with two of her children. May the victims’ dear souls RIP.”
Dr Chanda further called on the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing and the Road Development Agency to expedite the construction of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway.
“This will guarantee safety by avoidance of overtaking and head-on collisions. This economically important road is heavy laden with heavy trucks, buses and private vehicles. It’s sclerotic and a death trap to over-speeding and over-taking vehicles,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) is deeply saddened by the crash in which 10 people died on the spot yesterday, 31st January 2017. Among the dead were 6 female adults, 3 male adults and one female child. The Trust is also thinking of those who have been injured and taken to hospital.
According to the Police, the crash happened when a bus belonging to Mazhandu Family service collided head-on with a truck at Lwashimba area between Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi.
Road deaths and injuries cause horrendous suffering every day. Each day nine people face the unbearable news their loved one will never come home because they have been killed in a road crash. Many families each day must come to terms with a serious injury, many life-shattering, some causing permanent disability.
The Trust is urging the government to invest funding to support road crash victims, to ensure there is integrated, comprehensive and resources to alleviant suffering.
The Trust is aware that Mazhandu Family service has been involved in crashes in which dozens of people have been killed. The Trust believes that the operator can no longer continue to operate the licence.
The Trust calls for the owners to face manslaughter chargers following this incident.
The Trust is also deeply concerned about inability of Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to curb the growing rate of traffic accidents. RTSA in the past 5 years has presided over a situation in which accidents deaths have increased by over 100%.
The Trust is calling on RTSA to take action to stop the growing number of serious injuries and deaths on Zambia’s roads.
Daniel Mwamba, Chairman Zambia Road Safety Trust:
“We want ambitious casualty reduction targets to be introduced to act as a driving force for the fight against road death and injury at the national level; increased investment in road infrastructure to develop a safe and sustainable road network; and more resources assigned to road traffic police to ensure effective enforcement.”