– Chinsali District responds to President Sata’s call to control road carnage

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Chinsali District responds to President Sata’s call to control road carnage

Chinsali, February 13, 2013, ZANIS —  Authorities in Chinsali District council of Muchinga Province  have responded to President Michael Sata’s appeal to put up measures that will help curb the continued road carnage in the country.

Chinsali Town Clerk Patrick Kambita says his council and other concerned stakeholders have responded to the President’s appeal for the Police, Councils and other stakeholders to intensify road patrols to control road carnages.

“ We have intensified road patrols in the district in order to stop motorists from over speeding and prevent accidents, ‘ he said.

 ZANIS reports that the Chinsali Town Clerk said this in an interview in Chinsali , today.

He added that the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RATSA) would also mount road blocks in the districts to check on motorists contravening traffic rules.

 Mr. Kambita also disclosed that his council has constructed road humps to help in promoting Road Safety.

 He added that due to this development, incidents of people being knocked down and over speeding have at least reduced.

 Mr. Kambita has since appealed to members of the public to ensure that they observe traffic rules and utilize the humps on the roads to control over speeding.

He added that the country has of late a lot of accidents mainly due to negligence on the part of the motorists.

Last week , 51 people died in a road accident involving a Zambia Post Bus Services passenger bus and a Truck after the driver of the latter vehicle lost control after being over taken by a speeding Land cruiser, driven by a retired Mkuski District based Abraham Vandeem.

Mr. Vandeem has already  appeared in court in Kabwe for the reading of the charges which took almost 45 minutes in a full to capacity court room.

The  74-year -old retired Mkushi farmer responded that he understood the charges.

 In another development, the local authority in Chinsali in consultation with the local people and other stakeholders has embarked on the development of a master plan for the district especially on the land reserved for development.

Traditional rulers in the district have surrendered a total of 16,000 hectares of land to the Government for development.

 The town clerk said the local authority has decided to involve as many stakeholders as possible to do a good job and develop a master plan for the district.

 He said that it is the desire of the council that no family is rendered homeless during the time of setting up various developmental structures in the provincial headquarters adding that within the boundaries if any family in the future will be affected then government will compensate such families and relocate them.