MUVI TV journalist Priscilla Phakati has died in a road traffic accident while on duty with three visiting German doctors in Gwembe.
Both Muvi TV director of administration Alfred Tembo and Lusaka Province Police commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the death of 24-year-old Phakati, a mother of two. Katanga said the accident happened along the Bottom Road in Gwembe after the driver of the
Toyota Prado registration number ABE 2493 they were travelling in failed to keep his lane and collided with an unregistered construction vehicle working on the Bottom Road, 80 kilometers from Siavonga.
According to Tembo, Phakati, an intern at Muvi TV, was assigned to cover the three volunteer medical doctors from Doctors Without Borders, who had a programme at Chaanga Rural Health Centre, where they were scheduled to attend to local people with dental problems.
“Priscilla has worked with the organisation for sometime now. She started work here as Kids Star presenter. She later went to pursue further studies and came back to join us as a news reporter. But because there was no (job) opening, she continued on industrial attachment until the time of her death,” said Tembo. “She was sent on assignment on Monday to accompany three doctors, known as Doctors Without Borders, to a clinic in Chirundu district. Unfortunately, they got in an accident on their way back from the clinic. They all perished. Some of our people have since travelled to Chirundu with her family to help identify her body.”
And Press Freedom Committee of The Post chairperson Namatama Mundia said it was sad that the journalism fraternity had been robbed of a young and brilliant mind.
“We are sad that the media fraternity has been robbed of a young and vibrant journalist in an unfortunate circumstance whilst on duty. It is painful to lose a journalist whose future was promosing. From the few instances we interacted with her, we learnt a lot of things that we did not know about. We only wish Phakati’s family God’s comfort in this difficult moment and join the rest of the nation in mourning our dear departed,” said Mundia.
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