Blind teacher, aide die in accident


A blind teacher at Saint Mulumba Special School in Choma and his guide died on the spot yesterday after they were knocked down by a speeding vehicle.
School head teacher Jesart Ngulube and Southern Province commissioner of police Mary Chikwanda confirmed the accident which happened around 06:00 hours on Macha road.
Mr Ngulube named the 29-year-old information and communication technology (ICT) teacher as Chingobe Simuyuni, who was being helped to walk to work by his aunt.
“We received information that our teacher for the grades six, eight and nine pupils was knocked down by a vehicle on his way to school in readiness for class which begins at 07:00 hours. A woman only identified as aunt Josephine (the deceased’s aunt), who was guiding the teacher, also died on the spot,” Mr Ngulube said.
He said the driver of the vehicle handed himself to the police.
Ms Chikwanda named the driver of the unregistered Nissan Primera as Bright Jalata, 26, of Macha township.
She said the bodies of the deceased, both of PNS 100, White Compound, are in Choma General Hospital mortuary. The driver is in police custody.
Southern Province education officer Stephen Chishiko described the death of Mr Simuyuni as a “tragic blow to the school”.
“It’s a big loss to Saint Mulumba. The man was a talented role model who used to give hope to visually impaired children here. He tried by all means to inspire children that despite being born with a disability, one can still excel in life,” Mr Chishiko said.
He said Mr Simuyuni was one of few blind teachers that were teaching ICT.