Ambulance driver on emergency call escapes lynching, loses control

St. Paul's Mission Hospital
St. Paul's Mission Hospital

A driver of an ambulance belonging to Saint Paul’s Mission Hospital’s ambulance in Nchelenge District of Luapula Province escaped lynching by unknown people, May 19th.

The driver of the ambulance , registration number ABL 6385, Clement Musonda Mukuka aged 35 was stoned at the lay-by in Kambwali area as he was speeding to Kapambwe Health Post for a maternal emergency case.

He in the process lost control and careered off the road. He was not hurt except for a minor injury.

Mr. Mukuka said the incident occurred  around 22: 00 hours on Saturday night some about kilometers from the Nchelenge Boma.

The Saint Paul’s Mission Hospital’s driver said this in a statement to ZANIS in Nchelenge District, May 19th.

He disclosed that he found a group of young men at the lay-by and suspect that they are the ones that hit him with unknown object on the face.

He said he lost control of the vehicle which went off the road and struggled to bring it to a halt just before it plunged into a house because it was moving at a high speed.

Mr. Mukuka however said he later proceeded to Kapambwe but regretted that on arrival he found the expecting woman had given birth to a dead baby and blamed his attackers for the loss of life.

He observed that valued time was lost at the scene of his attackers arguing that had it not been for the delay, the expectant mother could have been evacuated to Saint Paul’s Mission Hospital for safe delivery.

About two months ago angry villagers at Mukumbwa village in Chief Kambwali’s area burnt a 17 seater Benz mini bus that the government had engaged for the fight against malaria and the enhancement of maternal service delivery.

Mr. Mukuka has appealed to the Police Command at the Nchelenge Station to bring the culprits to book before his ungrateful attackers could spill blood.