FILE: Dawson Kafwaya inspects RDA depot

Former Northwestern province minister Dawson Kafwaya and four others are battling for their lives in Solwezi General hospital after a road traffic accident after the vehicle they were in overturned several times on Solwezi-Chingola road.

The accident is believed to have happened due to excessive speed.

ZANIS reports that Northwestern province Commissioner of Police Auxensio Daka has confirmed the accident which claimed a life adding that it happened last night around 23:20 hours about 10 kilometers east of Solwezi.

Mr Daka said the driver of the Toyota Hilux registration number ALX 4876, Smart Kafwaya, 22, careered off the road after failing to negotiate a curve and overturned several times.

He said one passenger only identified as Luwaisha was reported dead on arrival at Solwezi general hospital due to suspected spinal injury.

Mr Daka said Dawson Kafwaya, 33, who is also former Solwezi Central Member of Parliament sustained a deep cut on the forehead, cut on the nose, upper lip and right fingers.

He said others who include the driver and two females identified as Shilla Manda, 21, and Melody Shamamba, 28, are nursing bruises and general body pains.

Mr Daka said the four survivors are admitted to Solwezi general hospital while the body of the deceased is lying in the same hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

The provincial Police chief said the driver will be charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. First:Dawson is not 33
    Then, what happened this week with these provincial ministers? The other is in Livingston Hospital.

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    • Just today I posted comment on the accident involving the Southern Province minister Hamukale!I repeat what I said” so are we going to say the driver didn’t have a license? We need statistics from Ratsa on these issues but the fact of the matter is most accident which occur involve drivers who have valid licences and vehicles with full fitness. The problem with Zambian drivers is OVERSPEEDING”So to add further to this I said our drivers don’t know how to apply simple rules to driving such as reducing speed when you re being overtaken, stopping behind yellow lines and not on the road as well as changing from full to low beam at night when another vehicle from opposite direction approaches you. Ratsa must launch awareness campaigns so that we stop having these terrible accidents. Road…

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    • Mounting road blocks do nothing if anything they contribute because many drivers increase their speed to make up for the lost time. Better to have speed traps as opposed to road blocks.

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    • Have you noticed how under the PF you will never here that the driver was avoiding a pothole or it was due to the bad road condition. I bet you that u will probably never know what speed he was actually driving at …how was over speeding established???

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    • Excessive speeding many times over has been given as reason for many accidents and yet no one seems to take heed! With the bad state of the roads i.e. warping of the asphalt, potholes and disobedience to road signs the risks are enhanced! My experience with many drivers is when a speed limit sign indicates 100 km/h to most it is interpreted to mean that one can increase speed to over 100 km/h on the speedometer and not to mean safe or recommended driving speed limit for that stretch of road is 100 km/h.

      RTSA must enforce some kind of age limits on drivers assigned to official and public transportation! How can a minister employ a 22 year old youth/boy to drive an official vehicle? After accidents immediate drug/alcohol tests, vision etcetera must be conducted!

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  2. A driver at 22 isnt that experienced at all. Usually, that’s the age most drivers get the excitement that goes with speed.

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  3. All Provincial Ministers ALERT.
    Especially UPND strongholds. Next Western Province?
    WHY?
    Just coincidental witch-craft?
    Banning of cholera prayers – OUT in the name of Jesus Christ!

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