President Michael Sata is deeply concerned with the high number of road traffic accidents occurring on Zambian highways and other road links in the country.
President Sata has since urged the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), the Zambia Police Service and other government agencies to intensify education campaigns and other interventions to reduce the rate of accidents on the roads.
In his latest facebook posting today, Mr. Sata said he strongly believed that there was need for an urgent, pragmatic and integrated approach to address the road carnages occurring across the country.
President Sata’s concerns come in the wake of 14 people that perished last week in two separate accidents in Mazabuka and Kaoma in Southern and Western provinces respectively.
Twelve people died in an accident that happened in Mazabuka in Southern Province while two others died in Kaoma in Western Province.
The Mazabuka accident happened when a Marcopolo bus carrying 72 passengers collided head on with a South African Truck.
Zambia Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda said the Mongu accident happened when a Toyota Haice mini bus overturned after a rear tyre burst.
23 passengers sustained injuries in the Southern Province accident while seven were injured in Western province.
The Head of State reiterated the PF government’s commitment to develop infrastructure in ambitious programmes such as the Link Zambia 8,000 where huge sums of money are being spent.
He said government sympathizes with the families of the people that have perished through these road mishaps and assured that his administration was doing the very best to arrest the situation
“As government, we commiserate with the families of the people that have perished through these road mishaps and we commit to do our very best to arrest the situation,” Mr. Sata said.