I work for Mazhandu Family Bus Services and I can confirm that fatigue could have been responsible for the Mazhandu Bus accident horror near Mulungushi University yesterday.
Our driver was on the same bus previous morning from Lusaka to Livingstone and came back to Lusaka in the afternoon.
He later complained that the bus had some mechanical problems that needed to be attended to.But management insisted that he proceeds to Kitwe same afternoon using the same bus despite the mechanical problems that were not fully rectified.
That’s how he left for Copperbelt in the afternoon covering a route from Lusaka to Livingstone back to Lusaka and proceeded to the Copperbelt where he arrived around 22:00hrs.
Whenever we complain we are told by the boss that he is well connected as main sponsor for the ruling PF party
Around 03:00hrs yesterday morning, he was again awake in readiness to start off as the first bus to Lusaka which he did until the fatal accident that happened and claimed his life together with many other people.
Whenever we complain, we are told by the boss that he is well connected as main sponsor for the ruling PF party.
If Zambian people remember, our operating license was suspended for one month but within 3 days we were back on the road despite not having met any of the conditions that were set for us.
Even this time around, we know nothing will happen and we shall continue losing lives.
The problem is we have no jobs to feed our families otherwise some of us we would have left a long time ago.