Farmer denies causing Post Bus deaths near Chibombo

chibomb road accident
A SEVENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Mkushi farmer, Abraham Van Eeden, who is accused of causing the death of 50 people in a road traffic accident involving a Post Bus in Chibombo, has pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Van Eeden’s vehicle collided with a truck in February this year, leading to the accident involving the Post Bus from Ndola.
He appeared before Kabwe High Court Judge in Charge, Eddie  Sikazwe.
Van Eeden is  being represented  by Mulilo Kabesha of Kabesha  and Company and  Robert  Simeza of the Simeza/Sangwa  and  Company.
The  accused,  who  took  plea  before  Mr Justice Sikazwe  after the 50 counts were read out,  said he understood the charges but denied  them all.
This is in a matter in which the accused, while driving a Toyota Land Cruiser registration number ABH 2214, is alleged to have caused the death of 50 people by dangerous driving.
In March this year, Kabwe principal resident magistrate John Mbuzi committed the accused to the High Court after receiving instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The High Court granted Van Eeden a K15 million cash bail and ordered him to surrender the passport. He was ordered to be reporting to the nearest Police station fortnightly.
The court has since extended his bail and set November 18, this year as date for the commencement of trial.