President Edgar Lungu has expressed sadness and regret over the Tuesday’s Luangwa accident which occurred which claimed 19 lives and left 48 people injured.
The President is particularly disturbed that despite stringent measures Government is putting in place to avert such calamities, the country still faces such road carnage, describing this as retrogressive to efforts being made.
The President said efforts by Government to address this challenge can only yield positive results with the cooperation of various stakeholders and especially transporters who are expected to operate within the confines of traffic rules and regulations.
The President has bemoaned the continued loss of lives saying that the road carnage is unfortunate and disheartening especially that careless and defiant conduct exhibited by some drivers is contributing to such accidents.
“I am deeply saddened and regret last night’s Luangwa accident which claimed 19 lives and left 46 injured. It is disturbing that despite Government efforts to address road carnage, we still continue to face this challenge. We can not continue to lose lives owing to careless behaviour.”
The President appealed to the nation to remember in prayer, the bereaved families and those who have been injured.
“On behalf of Government and on my own behalf, l commiserate with bereaved families at such a great loss, and pray that Jehovah God will grant them fortitude and comfort, and a quick recovery to those who sustained injuries in the accident,” President Lungu said.