United Party for National Development (UPND) Kafue Member of Parliament Mirriam Chonya has expressed displeasure regarding Government’s failure to give aid to the bereaved families in an accident which claimed 13 lives at Munali Hills in Chikankata District.
In a statement unveiled to the media, Ms. Chonya noted that she was disappointed that Government could not give any assistance to the bereaved families to meet costs of repatriation of the remains of the deceased to their final resting places.
The Kafue law maker noted with sadness that no matter which angle one wishes to look at the Munali hills horrific road accident was a National tragedy that deserved Government support as the victims that perished were bona fide citizens of this Country.
Ms. Chonya added that UPND is now left wondering that perhaps this accident could not receive the deserved attention like similar ones from other parts of the Country, because most of the dead were residents of Dundumwezi in Southern Province, where the electoral performance of the PF was poor.
“We say so because when such unfortunate tragedies of such magnitude have taken places in other parts of Zambia, we have witnessed Government solidarity by way of aid to bereaved families while in certain instances National mournings have been declared”
“We don’t wish to politicize this tragedy but we note that Mr Edgar Lungu accompaned by the Pronvincial Minister, visited Dundumwezi a week earlier as a gesture of goodwill will and also to inspect agriculture projects. It would have therefore sufficed that an area visited by such a high-powered Government delegation would have received attention especially as a result of so many deaths and injuries that included infants” she said
And Kafue Parliamentarian Mirriam Chonya stated that the Munali Hills pass through the entire Mazabuka route, sadly the road that leads to one of the seven natural wonders of the World and also a UNESCO declared World heritage site, is a Highway to hell.
Ms. Chonya has, however, revealed that numerous calls have been made to successive Governments to work on the road which has become a death trap but to no avail.
“We will not tire in calling for a total overhaul of the Kafue Mazabuka road and even as we continue to call for strengthening of our regulations to avert similar occurrences, let the powers that be, be seen to be responding in equal measure to instances of similar nature without being selective, because the dead are devoid of political affiliations” Ms. Chonya said