5 family members perish in traffic accident

Chingola - Solwezi Road
Chingola - Solwezi Road

FIVE members of the same family have died in a road traffic accident along Chingola-Solwezi Road.
The five family members were travelling in an unregistered Toyota Raum which was hit by a Mercedes Benz truck on Wednesday afternoon.
David Bwatya, 36, a pastor at Anointing Jesus Ministries, his wife Doris Mwewa, 31, and their one-year-old son Angel Bwatya died after the vehicle collided with the truck.
Others were Mable Chanda, 56, and Joyce Mwewa, 28, who were Mr Bwatya’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law, respectively.
The family was travelling from Solwezi to Mansa to attend a funeral when they met their fate near Kabitaka area along the Solwezi-Chingola Road.
The accident was confirmed by acting police spokesperson, Esther Katongo and North-Western Province deputy commissioner of police Michael Nkaka.
Ms Katongo said the truck, registration number ACK 3616, ACK 3616T, and ACK 5696T, was being driven by Milward Chilufya, aged 31, of Pamodzi Township in Ndola.
“The accident happened when the driver of the truck failed to keep to his near side and in the process hit into the oncoming Toyota Raum.
“The driver of the Toyota Raum and all his four passengers of the same family sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot,” she said.
The five bodies were at Solwezi General Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
And Mr Nkaka said a combined team of Kansanshi Mine and Solwezi Municipal
Council fire fighters had a difficult time to retrieve Pastor Bwatya’s body which was stuck in the vehicle.
He said the driver of the truck had been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and was currently in police custody.
In Northern Province, a man of Chilubanama Village in Chief Mwamba of Kasama District drowned in Lualuo stream on Tuesday this week.
Ms Katongo identified the deceased as Kennedy Chisha, 34, who was coming from Kasonde Chisuna Village where he had gone for a drinking spree and was reported to have staggered as he was crossing the bridge and fell into the stream.
His body had been retrieved and was at Kasama General Hospital mortuary.