Accident prone bus operator Mazhandu Family Bus Services has appealed to the Minister of Transport and Communications against the indefinite suspension of its operating licence.

According to the firm’s lawyer Tutwa Ngulube, the company feels aggrieved by the action taken by the Road Transport and Safety Agency to withdraw the licence.

Mr Ngulube called RTSA’s action as disproportionate.

He said RTSA is overstretching its mandate by suspending the licence following a recent spate of road traffic accidents involving Mazhandu buses.

Mr Ngulube who is also Kabwe Central Member of Parliament and Legal Counsel for the ruling PF said as unfortunate as the accidents are, RTSA is acting irresponsibly by killing a business.

He said RTSA should not be in a hurry to kill a business on account of an accident on a particular route.

“Why should they punish an entire business when it is only one route which has recorded some accidents? What if their own investigations find that it is not actually the Mazhandu bus driver who was at fault because at the moment the investigations have not been concluded?” Mr Ngulube asked.

He said his firm has already logged in an appeal to the Minister and is hopeful of a favourable outcome.

Mr Ngulube said Mazhandu will be forced to go to court if appeal to the Minister is not successful.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Typical. People have lost family members, breadwinners … the first response is an appeal? Why don’t they first co-operate with RTSA and the Ministry of Transport, deal with the real issues and stop behaving as if the loss of lives is nothing to them, business must continue? GUARANTEED: I’m never traveling with these killers ever again.

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  2. GOVERNMENT NEEDS A COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THIS COMPANIES SAFETY RECORD. IF FOUND WANTING THEIR LICENSE NEEDS TO BE PERMANENTLY REVOKED. IF THE REPORTS THAT THE DRIVER WAS FORCED OR COMPELLED BY ORDERS FROM THE OWNER TO CONTINUE THIS TRIP DESPITE HAVING WARNED OF MECHANICAL OR SAFETY PROBLEMS WITH THE BUS THEN THERE SHOULD BE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS OF MANSLAUGHTER AT THE VERY LEAST. ALL VICTIMS OR THERE FAMILIES SHOULD SUE THIS COMPANY FOR THERE INJURIES AND LOSS OF LIFE. ITS TIME TO DEFEND THE POOR PEOPLE WHO FALL VICTIM TO THESE GREEDY BUSINESSES THAT OPERATE WITH IMPUNITY. SO MANY LIVES WHERE LOST AND ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THERE MONEY! ALL THE PEOPLE WHO LOST LOVED ONES NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND GO AFTER THIS COMPANY AND RTSA FOR ALLOWING THIS CARNAGE TO HAPPEN.

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    • conflict of interest. Tutwa should declare that he is part of government by virtue of being an MP. Remember government has three arms namely the executive, the legislature (Parliament) and Judiciary. Serious conflict to write to the minister who is PF, the party he belongs to and for which party he is chairman for legal.

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    • I told you Soko yesterday, you be sued and cost government billions in loses. Muletekanya, don’t just follow WhatsApp.
      Mazhadu picked right lawyer, a PF and Edgar’s law partner. Shutdown RTSA let ZP or ZNS have it.

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    • That’s correct, in nations wea rule of law is much respected, this is a clear case intentional murder bcoz the owner knew the state of the vehicle….

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    • Let’s show people power by #BoycottingMazhandu.
      This Tutwa & his Mazhandu won’t bring back Mrs Mukansu & her young daughter. Mazhandu deserves punishment.

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    • Which constituency is Tutwa representing here, Kabwe central (whose residents are directly or indirectly affected by the accident) or Mazhandu? Clearly a conflict here & Tutwa should have declared interest at least on moral grounds.

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  3. PF lawyer no ways too much interest in him. People come first business later. We talking human lives here. Please stop joking and put your interest in money

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  4. Koma some lawyers! People are mourning their loved ones and all you can do is adding salt to injury, just for money, without feeling contrite, even.

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  5. Someone already made a sensible comment on this issue.
    WHY ARE ZAMBIANS SO DULL KLANSI??
    Zambians should now be in overdrive organising a Huge Campaign against Mazhandu Buses, which is turning out to be a W.M.D, – Weapon of Mass Destruction.
    Go to the Media, Papers, T.V. Internet – Facebook, Whassap, whatever, put up Posters in your Cities, Towns, Villages, imploring Citizens, Sisters, Brothers Mothers, Fathers, loved ones, NEVER TO TRAVEL ON ANY MAZAHANDU MOVING COFFINS, otherwise known as Mazhandu Buses. MUZASILA KUFA!!
    If someone told You Mushala, Kone’ or B1n Laden lived on some known street in Lusaka, you would U then move next door?? So why on earth do you jump on a Mazhandu Bus??
    Corrupt P.F does not

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    • Cont;
      Corrupt P.F, does NOT care for your lives, they only look out for their own pockets & families. Mark my words, after a few U$ Dollars exchange hands, & a hefty donation is made to the P.F Secretariat, Mazhandu will be operating, & flying their Death missiles as usual. They P.F Government like before are just waiting for the dust to settle.
      Had one Beloved Daughter of the Nations Top Drunkard been victim in this Mazhandu Bus massacre, we all know Mazhandu buses would now be history with mass arrests of those operating this Death Trap transport company.

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  6. I think it should to a place in Zambia were this appeal should b going to court and not the Minister. Kapembwa Simbao’s action last year is still very fresh in my memory. If Mr Simbao did not take that action from the power of a brown envelope Mazhandu could have taken measures that could have avoided this recent and unfortunate event. IF GOVT DOESN’T HELP US, LET’S UNITE IN BOYCOTTING THESE BUSES AS SOMEONE HAS SUGGESTED ABOVE. THE POWER IS IN THE HANDS OF THE TRAVELLERS!

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  7. Mazhando is Zimbabwean who doesn’t care about Zambian lives, it is very insensitive of him to appeal revocation of the license when people are mourning. its not the solution to revoke the license , more ought to be done regarding road worthiness of vehicles, dual carriage way, proper trained drivers,

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  8. Wrong timing Tutwa naiwe! Even if you love money so much you could have at least waited for the families to identify their loved ones and put them to rest before appealing.
    You should also declare conflict of interest because you are PF, the minister is PF and there are rumors that Mazhandu sponsors PF programs.

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    • What more evidence does one need to realise that ZAMBIAN LIVES DONT MATTER UNDER P.F, – as clearly exhibitd by the Greedy Corrupt, & Nepotistic Tutwa??
      What matters to Tutwa & his fellow Un-Patriotic Front Goon’s is MORE MONEY IN THEIR OWN POCKETS!
      Continue Voting for P.F, & Dying in Dununa Reverse Style!!

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  9. If the Minister will be on the side of the transporter then please show them by telling everyone that on average each trip on that Bus the probability of an accident is 9 to 10

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  10. “RTSA is acting irresponsibly by killing a business”. A business that kills people deserves to be killed instantly. Tutwa you are wrong here. Let RTSA do the job of protecting innocent travellers. What they have done is preventative, pending conclusion of investigations. With all the overwhelming evidence available, it will be totally unbelievable/unacceptable for Mazhandu buses to be back on the road. Viva RTSA!!!

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  11. I support the on ones saying let Travelers’ stop using these famous Killer Buses: The Lusaka one (Mazhandu) and a Kitwe one: I suggest to RTSA that they should be Locking ( UKUKAKA) the speed of buses to only 80-100KPH. Who ever buys a new bus should bring it to RTSA to Lock to only a speed which can not go beyond 80 -100Kph Chapwa: Then you drivers you should love yourselves and your families, Can owners of buses buy you life. NEVER. Why do you speed? whom are you pleasing? Your families come number 1. Look at such areas. RTSA have no mercy with such type of Companies.

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    • DREAM ON BRO!!
      With the Endemic Cancerous Corruption set deep in the Zambian fabric, & D.N.A, they will simply pay someone equally corrupt to disable the speed locks, if at all any such thing exists.
      One cannot even rely on Police, or law enforcement agencies to protect, monitor violations of speeed limits/ highway code, coz law enforcement is basically a branch of P.F, & they are all a Dangerous Corrupt lot, who are basically Stone throwing party cadres, led by the Chief Stone Throwing sidekick of corrupt Edward Chagwa, by the name of “Chimp”yongo!!
      IN CORRUPT ZAMBIA, ONLY AN ORGANISED BOYCOTT WILL RESTORE SANITY, & SAVE YOUR DEAR LIVES!!

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  12. Does zambia have vehicle inspecting places.. Inspectors are responsible to determine the vehicle’s road worthleness. Suspending the licence does not go well. INSTEAD take yearly inspection of all public and private vehicles and the drivers’ ability to withstand long distance driving, visibility etc.

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  13. Zambians like to die needlessly and now Tutwa Ngulube is not satisfied that Zambians die in Mazhandu buses frequently. RATSA is just exposing its incompetence and corruption by enumerating all those incidences without having to prevail over Mazhandu Bus company. Remember it has been reported that there is corruption involved and RATSA is benefiting from it. The owners of the bus company boast that PF can do nothing since they donate money to PF government.
    Zambians suffer from ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ loving them that kill them slowly in a subtle way.
    Zambians like death. Author of this article confirms that PF does not care about Zambian life over money.

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  14. This firm’s lawyer Tutwa Ngulube is very STUPID. People are mourning your own interest is business and I wonder were he is getting the courage of talking like that. I wish one of his relative was travelling in the same bus.

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  15. Tutwa Ngulube must sit down and he himself “wait” for investigations to conclude. How do you sit down and defend a company that KNOWINGLY carries passengers with a faulty vehicle? The facts are clear the bus had mechanical issues, the driver was exhausted and these are the same issues that are causing loss of life!
    Totally avoidable but alas greed and sub-standards here we are facing more bloodshed and loss of life.

    Let RATSA do their due diligence this company is wiping out families like there is no tomorrow, and somebody has to stop this from further happening.

    Tutwa nangu ni ba sponsor, search yourself and have heart I believe it would be in your “firm’s” interest to ensure that the unnecessary loss of life become a priority, because at this point Mazhandu’s record shows…

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  16. itself.
    And Like RATSA I agree a temporary suspension to ensure a clean house is non negotiable!

    Pafula!

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  17. Let these buses continue operating, but you Zambians open your when even you think of jumping in mazhandu just think am going to die today then change your mind and go to another bus.don’t use mazhandu buses please let them lose business at the end they will close by them self.

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  18. Road traffic fatalities in Zambia caused by negligent bus drivers continues. What are the Police in conjunction with RTSA doing to stop this. The biggest problem in Zambia in regards to bus drivers is that they do not follow or perhaps do understand the concept of road traffic safety or hazard perception.

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  19. At #13 kanjimaano let me educate you RTSA has vehicle inspectors in all provinces in the country thats why private vehicles go for fitness ins pection once every year while PSV and HGV vehicles go fitness inspection more than once every year depending on the operating license. utwile, ounfwa, wanvela, wazinzwa, wapulika,etc.

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  20. It’s very simple what Zambians must do is just to avoid boarding the Mazhandu buses after all there are more buses in Zambia that one can board…What is needed is everyone to tell their relatives and friends not to use these buses by saying that they are demon possessed and everyone in Zambia will avoid the buses and shame that lawyer who is more interested in money than human life…

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  21. Tutwa uli chipuba,u ar heartless u are not even capable of bing a leader.I don’t even know if you understand relationship,do you know the responsibility that each and every person died muli chi bus cenu were taking?
    Iwe ulelanda pa ndalama tawakwata isoni ai.

    Ulesumina nokukukopa kuli ba ZNBC ulelanda pa fya bupuba ataa!!

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  22. Even if no one among the victims is your relative you should morn with the affected families if you are a true meaning Zambian because this funeral it’s not for the affected families its for Zambians…
    If anything ucite withdrew

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  23. Tutwa,tutwa!!!…wilasebaya ma lawyers
    Umulandu wakutemwa indalama Kobe l wish you would have hidden important titles wee! like PF MP nabu LAWYER bobe ubwaba corrupt wee.
    Ba PF twaishiba tefyobaifi.
    Ba CHAGWA twapapata pliz mumukalipileko uyu tutwa alesebanya PF for his personal gain awe!! fya bupuba…

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  24. The name spells it, Tutwa synonymous with everything that is wrong in Zambia. You have no love for the people of this country sir, You only love yourself. Every life lost is a huge loss to this country regardless. Mazhandu ofcourse you had to use such a person who you know has no fibre in his being that spells love to the masses of Zambia. Some families lives changed completely on that day. No amount of compensation can ease the pain of loosing half your family. The love of Money and what it does to some people. Shame on all of us for allowing such people to be in charge of our country.

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