The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) first National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims was held on Saturday, 7th February 2015, from 14; 30hrs to 16; 40hrs at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in Lusaka.

The day coincided with February 7, 2013 Chibombo road accident which resulted in the death of 51 people. The accident victims, relatives of those who were killed and injured victims, stakeholders from the transport industry, corporate community and interested members of the public attended the event.

People at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross
People at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross

The objective of the day was to raise awareness in Zambia and specifically among those with high-risk driving behaviours as to the impact of road crashes on their communities. While road traffic deaths are counted in the year they occur, a family remains bereaved forever. The bereaved are not counted or included in road traffic injury data.

Trust Board Chair Daniel Mwamba addressing the media at the biggest Hospital in Zambia on Road Traffic Victims DAY OF COMMEMORATION
Trust Board Chair Daniel Mwamba addressing the media at the biggest Hospital in Zambia on Road Traffic Victims
DAY OF COMMEMORATION

DONATIONS TO UTH
Before the actual day and as part of the build up to the commemoration of the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, on Wednesday, 4th February 2015, the Trust gave away assorted goods to accident victims at the UTH. The event was highly publicized with over 15 media organizations.

Bus Driver – Accident Victim
One of the victims who was a bus driver before and had his leg amputated lamentably expressed how it felt to be found in such kind of a predicament. In accordance with his testimony the passenger suffered no injury when the accident happened. He testified immensely about the dangers of over speeding, the importance of wearing seatbelts especially for front seat occupants and to avoid drink driving altitudes.

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Osward Chitete a gospel singer who lost his beloved wife and a daughter sharing his testimony

Accident Relative
Osward Chitete a gospel singer lost his beloved wife and a daughter on the 7th February 2013 in the Chibombo accident which resulted in the death of 51 people between Chibombo and Kabwe. He narrated how he leant about the accident and loss of his family, his wife and daughter. He appealed to all the bereaved and victims to seek the face of God for solace in order to overcome such kind of pain. He also made another appeal to the public to be alert on the road by observing traffic rules to also avoid unnecessary over speeding and many situations which can could result in road crash which could be easily avoided and prevented.

MOU SIGING MOU signing between the Trust and SORSA of Botswana
MOU SIGING
MOU signing between the Trust and SORSA of Botswana

MOU SIGING -MOU signing between the Trust and SORSA of Botswana
Zambian Road Safety Trust cemented the co-operation between the Trust and the Society of Road Safety Ambassadors (SORSA) of Botswana. The two organizations are both nonprofit organization whose interest is to support their respective government efforts to prevent and reduce accidents.

The Zambian Road Safety Trust Chairman Daniel Mwamba stated that the two institutions were committed to work together to address the challenges of road safety, he went on to say that the MOU was to promote road initiatives in Botswana and Zambia to reach both local Decade of Action for road safety 20112020 is concerned.
The MOU will promote road safety initiatives in Botswana and Zambia to reach both local and in international standards as per the Decade of Action for road safety 2011-2020 is concerned. Co-operate in the exchange of information relating to our activities in road safety, encourage exchange visits between the organizations in support of collaboration and render technical support and where possible provide online educational resources, where necessary in support of the co-operation. The coordinator for Society of Road Safety Ambassadors(SORSA) Mr. Maatla Otsogile signed the MOU on behalf of his organisation.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
• FLASH BUSES
• TRADE KINGS
• ZESCO LTD
• ZAMBIA POLICE
• CATHEDRAL OF HOLY CROSS
• SAINT IGNATIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH
• COMMUTERS RIGHTS ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA
• PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DRIVERS ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA