Rufunsa District Teacher dies in a head on collision

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A teacher of Nkalambwe Primary School in Rufunsa District in Lusaka province has died while two of his compatriots are battling for their lives at Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital’s intensive care unit after a head-on collision near Chinyunyu hot spring along the Great East Road.

Zambia Police Service spokesperson Esther Katongo could not be reached for comment on the matter by broadcast time but Rufunsa District Commissioner, Judith Chama confirmed the accident.

Mrs Chama said the accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon as the three teachers aboard the Isuzu car driven by Joseph Mandalo aged 29 were coming from attending an examination meeting at Chinyunyu Secondary school, kilometers away.

Mrs. Chama said the victims met their fate when a truck loaded with charcoal coming from the opposite direction heading for Lusaka lost control after a tyre burst and hit into the oncoming Suzuki car
the teachers were travelling.

She said the driver Mandalo aged 29 died at Chongwe District hospital where they were rushed while the other two female teachers, Agness Chalila aged 37 is in the intensive care unit at Levy Mwanawasa hospital.

Peggy Hanjabu , who was in the back seat is nursing a fractured neck and leg at Levy hospital, she said.

The District Commissioner who was accompanied by the District Education Standards Officer for Rufunsa visited the funeral house to console the bereaved family said the District has lost a brilliant teacher who was dedicated to his work adding that it was unfortunate to lose a teacher and others hospitalized from one school when examinations where just around the corner.

Mrs. Chama called on the family members to put everything in the hands of God and also look after the widow, the child and the baby being
expected.

Mr. Mandalo is survived by a wife and a child.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Why do ZP officers allow these unroadworthy trucks on the road. They will allow ichamilando to pass but impound a corolla that has no defects.

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    • The frequency and severity of road carnage will subside to insignifince when Zambians begin to think right: value and respect their own lives.

      This “put everything in the hands of god,” mentality does not work. Where was god when the events leading to the accident were forming?

      It’s the failure to think right that leads one to believe that you will over-speed on the road, no matter how wide, and not increase the chances of causing an accident.

      Think right and prosper!

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  2. Condolences but RTSA especially should be blamed for these death traps moving on the roads. These malasha trucks are usually over loaded, no power steering, no breaks and no lights. It’s disaster at it’s Best.

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  3. very sad indeed mhsrip why should worn out trucks continue being on the road ratsa isnt doing anything to solve this problem shame

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  4. The car they were traveling in is a mysterious one. At one time it is an ISUZU and the other time it changes into a SUZUKI. What do you expect?

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  5. You may be surprised if at all you investigated this matter. May be this truck managed to pass through the road block where cars in good working condition have been detained for contravening the law!!!

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  6. Ndanje khakis – 100% agreed. I have a small holding in Chinyunyu. There are two road blocks. One before Chongwe and the other one just when you are leaving Lusaka. These traffic officers have harassed me for not pulling labels on my canter i.e proprietors name and address. But I have several times asked them how they could trouble me for a vehicle which is fully compliant against the Ifa trucks which have no fitness, road tax lights etc. When you ask them such questions they get angry and ask you to leave. Can the police officers manning these two road blocks be put to task to explain how such unfit vehicles have managed to pass through the road blocks.

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  7. I DONT KNOW WHY RATSA HAS CONTINUED TO ALLOW THOSE FINISHED AND UNFIT 1960 TRUCKS TO MOVE ON OUR ROADS…
    MANY A TIME I HAVE TAKEN A SPOT CHECK ON THESE TRUCK…THEY HAVE NO FITNESS, NO ROAD TAX, TO LIGHTS, NO REFLECTORS, NO TRIANGLES….AND THESE CHARACTERS CALLED RATSA ARE ALWAYS ON THE ROAD MOUNTING SO CALLED “ROAD BLOCK”………….MFWITII SHABANTU!!!!

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  8. MTSRIP , WHY PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WHERE GOING TO ATTEND A MEETING FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS? CAN A PRIMARY TEACHER UNDERSTAND ANYTHING TAUGHT IN SECONDARY SCHOOL? WHY ALSO SO MANY FROM ONE SCHOOL ATTENDING SAME MEETING INSTEAD OF SENDING ONE TEACHER? WHY THE CAR IS ISUZU THEN LATER SUZUKI ? are we sure our beloved teachers were in a road worthy car , whatever but it is SAD LOSING LIFE IN THIS WAY DUE TO TYRE BURST AND LOOSING CONTROL AIYA

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  9. Rtsa are only interested in creating offences out of roadworthy vehicles while sikorokoro go scot free. Wake up.

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  10. I agree with some that are putting the blame on the men in uniform as being 80% responsible for such accidents. The men in uniform are interested more in the fine than the actual state of the car knowingly that if the defect is corrected then their mine shall have closed down. The guy in a sound car is punished for carrying a baby on mother’s laps as overloading. SHAME.

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  11. Condolences. Must have been HH’s sacrifices. See how many accidents after he came out of jay. Take him back before more people perish. Wish the accident was in Southern Province. We have lost a productive man.

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  12. Comment: The one who died was my elder brother and he was secondary teacher not primary to the one asking wat primary teachers understand bout sec… His death was painful and still paining us as a family.. let’s stop the blaming and pray for God to be with us and protect each and everyone from the enemies plans.. Mandalo Grace is my name the last born of this family.

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