Government has given K17, 000.00 to the 17 bereaved families of the Mpulungu accident victims to help ease logistical arrangements during the grieving period.
ZANIS reports that Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe said Government will also keep taking care of the survivors of the accident who are still in the hospital.
Mr. Sikazwe said this in Mambwe yesterday during the burial of the 17 people, who died last Saturday in a road traffic accident.
He said Government will put in place strict measures to reduce incidences of road accidents in the country.
Mr. Sikazwe further urged politicians not to politicize the tragic death of the Catholic Church members from Senga District, who died after the truck they were in lost control and overturned along the Mbala-Mpulungu Road last Saturday.
And Northern Province Minister Brian Mundubile asked church organizations and the traveling public to look for better means of transport when going for social gatherings in order to avoid and reduce road accidents.
Mr. Mundubile noted that it is disheartening to keep losing people in large numbers on public roads in the province.
He noted that recently the catholic church lost seven (7) of its members in Kasama following a road accident which happened in Mungwi District.
Mr. Mundubile has since urged the church and the bereaved families to look up to God for strength during this trying moment.
Meanwhile Kasama Archdiocese Vicar General Father Rodgers Fikwamo said the Catholic Church in Northern Province has temporarily banned its members from traveling for church gatherings between districts.
Father Fikwamo however thanked Government for the help it has rendered to the church during the funeral of the 17 church members from Senga District who died in a road traffic accident last Saturday.
He said it would have been difficult for the church to oversee the funeral arrangements without the massive support it had received from Government and other well-wishers.
Hundreds of Mambwe residents today gathered at Mambwe Mission to pay their last respects to the 17 members of the society of Saint Vincent De Paul who died in a road traffic accident.
Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Lawrence Sichalwe and Minister in the Office of the Vice President Sylvia Chalikosa were also among mourners in Mambwe area, where a requiem mass was held in honour of the accident victims.
Several Members of Parliament from Northern Province also attended the burial procession for the accident victims.