Lusaka, Saturday, 12th September, 2015. Following the tragic road accident on Mumbwa Road this Saturday morning in which 17 people died and two others were injured, the Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST) has called on the government through the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications to call for an urgent meeting to review various road safety measures in the country.
According to a statement released by Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda:
“This morning Saturday, 12th September 2015, seventeen people were killed on the spot while two others suffered serious injuries after an accident which happened at the junction of Mumbwa and Mwembeshi road in Lusaka. Among the dead were 13 male adults, 3 female adults and a baby girl. The accident happened after the driver of a Truck cut in front of the Toyota Hiace which had 19 passengers on board as he was trying to turn”.
ZRST is seriously concerned about the recurring fatal accidents and calls upon the government to organise an urgent meeting comprising all stakeholders to review the implementation status of various measures intended to improve the deteriorating road safety situation in the country.
In the first 6 months of 2015, 1,028 people have been killed in road accidents, more than a total number of people killed in traffic accidents throughout 2012. 1,000 people were reported killed in road traffic accidents in 2012, while 1,858 people were killed in 2014 representing an increase of 85 percent in a period of two years. Zambia’s road related fatality rate of 31 per 100,000 is one of the world’s highest. The Trust warns that unless drastic concerted measures are put in place, accident deaths will soon kill more adult population in Zambia than any other killer disease. Road accidents fatalities could reach 3,000 per year and as many as 10,000 could perish by 2020. Zambia’s government target is to reduce the number of people killed in road accidents by 50% by 2020, though the current situation is not in line with the required trend.
The Trust has expressed grief over the loss of precious human lives in the Saturday’s serious accident. Daniel Mwamba, Trust Chairman, conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls./Ends