PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has promised to seek a bypass of the Mazabuka blackspot which yesterday claimed 18 lives after a truck in which they were travelling overshot the bend and plunged into Shoprite.
The President observed that the blacksport witnessed many accidents, “there is need for a diversion” he said.
Eighteen people died in a road traffic accident which happened in the central business district of Mazabuka in the early hours of yesterday.
Both Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu and Southern Province Police Commissioner Mary Chikwanda confirmed this in Livingstone.
And upon arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport on Monday, Vice President Inonge Wina called for a moment of silence in remembrance of those who perished in the Mazabuka accident.
In welcoming Ms Wina to Southern Province, Mr. Mubukwanu told her that the province was in mourning following the death of 17 people in the Mazabuka accident.
Mr Mubukwanu informed Ms. Wina that his office of the Vice president in touch with the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the office for assistance for the families of those who perished in the road carnage. And the Southern Province police commissioner told the Daily Nation that the accident happened at Shoprite along the Livingstone road. Ms. Chikwanda said a Fuso truck registration number ACT 2439 overturned at Shoprite stores after the driver failed to negotiate a corner. She identified the driver of the truck as Kabaso Mweene who is among the 17 people who died on the spot. Ms. Chikwannda said there were seven more passengers who sustained injuries and were admitted to the Mazabuka District Hospital. She however said one of the injured had been discharged. And after being informed of the accident, Ms Wina called for a moment of silence. She told Government officials, party cadres and members of the public who went to receive her at the airport that she was in Livingstone to officiate at the 4th Association of African Public Services Commissions (AAPSCom’s) conference taking place in the tourist capital. Ms. Wina said it was important for Zambia to host the conference because it would help improve the performance of the public service commission in Zambia.