Nov. 19, national mourning for Mbala-Nakonde accident victims

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Government has declared Wednesday, November 19, 2014 as a day of national mourning in honour of the 27 people that died in the Mbala-Nakonde road accident last Saturday.

Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska announced in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today that the national mourning will be observed from 06:00 to 18:00 hours tomorrow.

Dr. Msiska said during the national mourning, all flags will fly at half-mast while all activities of an entertainment nature should be cancelled or postponed until after burial of all the victims tomorrow.

He explained that the fatal road accident involved a Fuso fighter truck which was carrying 98 passengers coming from Senga Hill in Northern Province.

Dr. Msiska said out of the 27 that perished, ten were babies, 16 were adult females and one was a male youth.

He further said 71 survivors were still admitted in Mbala hospital.

He said funeral gathering was being held at a central place in Kamitozo village in chief Nsokolo’s area.