Zambia has issued a public apology to President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila over the accident that happened over the weekend. According to a statement released to the media by Minister of Information and Broadcasting services, Ms Dora Siliya, the accident was caused by a driver who failed to obey police directives to give way to the oncoming presidential motorcade.
Ms Siliya, who is the Government Chief Spokesperson, further said that the action by the driver of the Toyota Dyna endangered the life of the visiting head of state, his entourage and members of the public, who were by and on the road.
“On behalf of his Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, I wish to convey sincere apologies to his Excellency, Mr Joseph Kabila and the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, ” concluded the statement.
Below is the full statement
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING THE PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE OF HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT JOSEPH KABILA OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO DURING HIS WORKING VISIT TO ZAMBIA
THE CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON,
HON. DORA SILIYA, MP.,
I wish to inform the nation that, last Saturday, 17th February, 2018, his excellency the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Joseph Kabila visited Zambia on a working visit. During the visit, an unfortunate incidence involving the visiting president’s motorcade occurred on Sunday, 18th February, 2018 at about 10 35 hours.
The brief facts of the matter are as follows: His excellency president Kabila’s motorcade was involved in a fatal road traffic accident on leopards hill road, opposite the Saudi and French embassies. As the president was proceeding to the residence of the First Republican president, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, in the state lodge area, a driver of a Toyota Dyna registration number ACJ 8318, identified as Andrew Phiri, aged 35, of Twikatane compound in Lusaka, failed to obey police directives to give way to the oncoming presidential motorcade. To protect the motorcade the presidential escort provided cover resulting in the collision with the Toyota Dyna.
The driver in question, had together with other motorists been instructed by police officers manning the route, to divert to Petroda filling station on Leopards Hill road, to give way to the presidential motorcade. He however opted to use the opposite lane and overtook about ten to fifteen vehicles whose drivers had obeyed the police instructions.
The action by the driver of the Toyota Dyna endangered the life of the visting head of state, his entourage and members of the public, who were by and on the road.
In view of this unfortunate incidence, motorists are strongly advised to always obey police instructions in accordance with the provisions of the road traffic act number 11 of 2002. The police act, chapter 107 of the laws of Zambia also gives power to the police, to control and regulate traffic. The driver of the Toyota Dyna in question therefore breached the provisions of the road traffic and the police acts. His actions must be condemned by all law abiding members of the public.
The incidence involving the motorcade of his excellency the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo is extremely regrettable, as it could have been avoided, had the driver of the Toyota Dyna obeyed the instructions of the police.
On behalf of his excellency the president of the republic of Zambia, I wish to convey sincere apologies to his excellency, Mr Joseph Kabila and the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
19th February, 2018