Mpulungu accident victims put to rest as Government provides K17 000 for logistics

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Pall-Bearers during a ceremonial burial for the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga district today. The Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 Members of the Catholic church overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Pall-Bearers during a ceremonial burial for the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga district today. The Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 Members of the Catholic church overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)

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.

Pall-Bearers during a ceremonial burial for the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga district today. The Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 Members of the Catholic church overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Pall-Bearers during a ceremonial burial for the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga district today. The Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 Members of the Catholic church overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Presidential Affairs Minister   Freedom Sikazwe leads his counterparts and MPs from Northern for the burial of the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga  district today. The 17 died when the Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying  over 60 members of the catholic church overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe leads his counterparts and MPs from Northern for the burial of the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga district today. The 17 died when the Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 members of the catholic church overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Vicar General Fr. Rodgers Fikwamo during mass for the burial of the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga  district today. The 17 died when the Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 members of the Catholic church along the Mbala-Mpulungu road on saturday morning overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Vicar General Fr. Rodgers Fikwamo during mass for the burial of the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga district today. The 17 died when the Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 members of the Catholic church along the Mbala-Mpulungu road on saturday morning overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Vicar General Fr. Rodgers Fikwamo during mass for the burial of the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga  district today. The 17 died when the Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 members of the Catholic church along the Mbala-Mpulungu road on saturday morning overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)
Vicar General Fr. Rodgers Fikwamo during mass for the burial of the 17 accident victims held at Mambwe Mission in Senga district today. The 17 died when the Isuzu truck Reg No ACK 5871 which was carrying over 60 members of the Catholic church along the Mbala-Mpulungu road on saturday morning overturned after losing brakes. Several other people are still admitted to Mbala and Mpulungu hospitals with head inquires.-Picture by Mary Bwembya (ZANIS)

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    Sincere condolences to the bereaved families and the Church.
    It makes a sad reading to know that the people died due to negligience by the government, the truck owner and the Church supervisors. Knowingly the group used unauthorised means of transport in this day and age. All the above including RATSA are to be brought to book if Zambia is promote sanity in public transport and if more lives are to be saved.
    Banning travel between Churches is not the answer but, a temporary measure. Insisting on the use of suitable and well mantained means of transport for such journeys and functions will save lives.
    While it is appreciated that Government contributes relief during such disasters, care for the newly created orphans must be noted.
    Mitigation in the prevention of such unnecesary…

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    The question we should ask ourselves is: Why do we deliberately condone transporting human beings in a more dangerous manner than cargo and livestock?

    By design, trucks with open beds are meant to carry Cargo FASTENED AND SECURED to the Truck with suitable ANCHOR ROPES. When livestock is to be carried in an open truck, RAISED GRATINGS are fastened to all four sides of the truck bed.

    From the engineering point of view (crushworthiness) , the reality is there is simply NO provision in the design to carry human beings in an open truck. Humans in an open-bed truck are completely UNPROCTECED in the event of a crush.
    Not only that, humans in an open-bed truck are unprotected from injury and death even when emergency brakes, in good working order, are applied. The more efficient the…

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      Cont’d … The more efficient the brakes, the more the occupants will be thrown off the truck in the forward direction, some will land directly in front of the same truck and get ran over, into the most brutal death imaginable.

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