Pedestrian dies in bus accident
Shiwangándu, June 14, 2013, ZANIS…A pedestrian in Shiwangándu district
in Muchinga province died on the spot last night after being hit by
a Lusaka bound bus at Kalalantekwe village along the great north road.
Both Shiwangándu district commissioner Catherine Chileshe and Muchinga
province deputy police commissioner Chilije Nyirenda have confirmed
the accident in separate interviews with the Zambia News and
Information Services (ZANIS) in Chinsali today.
Mr. Nyirenda said that the accident involving a Marcopolo bus
registration number ABM 967 belonging to Kapekele Motorways of Lusaka and
driven by Jonathan Simukonda of Chawama compound occurred around 21:00
hours last night.
Police say the bus was carrying 20 passengers.
Mr. Nyirenda said the pedestrian identified as Emmanuel Nsofwa aged
54, a village headman of Teleni village was hit as he was trying to
cross the road and died on the spot.
Mr. Nyirenda said that all the passengers on the bus escaped unhurt
adding that police have since impounded the bus which 6is currently
parked at Nambuluma Police Station.
He added that the driver of the bus has also been arrested and
detained in police custody at Nambuluma Police Station.
The body of the deceased is lying at Chinsali district community
hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem and burial.
In another development Police in Mafinga district of Muchinga Province
have arrested an 18 year old juvenile for allegedly defiling a 12
year-old grade five pupil.
Muchinga Province Deputy Police Commissioner Chilije Nyirenda said
police moved in to withdraw the girl from forced marriage following a
complaint from members of the public.
Mr. Nyirenda told ZANIS in Chinsali today that the juvenile has been
charged with one count of defilement and will appear in court soon.
Mr. Nyirenda has since appealed to the traditional leaders in Mafinga
to sensitize their subjects on the need to promote education of
the girl child.
He warned that police will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute all
those in the fore front of arranging marriages involving minors.
And Society for Women Against HIV/AIDS in Zambia (SWAAZ) Coordinator
for Northern and Muchinga Provinces Maggie Siame has commended the
police for withdrawing the minor from marriage and for arresting the
juvenile for alleged defilement.
Ms. Siame said in an interview with ZANIS that her organization is
equally concerned with increased cases of early marriages and
defilements in Mafinga district.