Bus driver fined K50,000 for causing death on January 10 last 2013


THE Kabwe High Court has slapped a K50,000 fine on a 49-year-old bus driver for causing the death of 10 people in a road traffic accident.
Wekson Sikazwe pleaded guilty to 10 counts of causing death by dangerous driving on January 10 last 2013 on Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi while driving a Marcopolo Scania bus registration number ABG 7403.
Judge Elita Mwikisa last Monday slapped a K50,000 fine on Sikazwe.
Ms Justice Mwikisa warned Sikazwe that if he defaults before October 7 this year, he will be jailed for nine months.
Delivering judgment, Ms Justice Mwikisa told Sikazwe that the offence he committed is very serious.
“Many people lost their lives,” Ms Justice Mwikisa said.
Facts before the court are that on January 10 last year, Sikazwe caused the death of Amos Chisanga, Theresa Chimfwembe, Patrick Mutale, Belina Mulumbwa and Efraha Chiti when he was trying to overtake another vehicle but ended up hitting into an oncoming bus.
Others are Chanda Nachivula, Pelon Nachilima, Israel Chishimba, Emmanuel Kangwa and Philip Mulenga.
In mitigation, legal aid counsel Kamo Simfukwe said Sikazwe is a first offender and a father of five.
Ms Simfukwe said Sikazwe is remorseful for his actions, which led to the death of 10 people.
Ms Justice Mwikisa said she had considered Sikazwe’s mitigation.
“You should familiarise yourself with the road traffic rules when you are carrying people,  you only cared about reaching where you were going,” Ms Justice Mwikisa said.
She also suspended Sikazwe’s drivers licence for one year.