President Edgar Chagwa Lungu says he is deeply saddened by the death of fourteen people and fifteen injured from the fatal road accident that occurred along the Chingola – Solwezi road on Wednesday night.
In a speech read for him by Minister in the Office of the Vice President Sylvia Chalikosa during the funeral service of the deceased, President Lungu said it was regrettable to continue losing lives to road traffic accidents.
He urged the bereaved families and the nation at large to find strength in the almighty God to pull through the unexpected tragedy.
The President said such moments should always resound and ring louder the safety alert bells in people’s minds whenever on the road.
He further urged all road users to never forget the dangers that lied with road and motor vehicle usage and to always ensure adherence to traffic regulations to prevent loss of lives.
President Lungu disclosed that he acknowledged the fact that accidents were human but that everyone can always do their part to avoid making them obviously awaited for.
He also called on everyone to show care beyond the burial by taking up the responsibilities left by the deceased, to alleviate the burden and narrow the gap left behind, adding that mourning should go beyond the burial.
Government, through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has procured all funeral supplies for the victims of the accident that occurred on Wednesday night along the Chingola – Solwezi road.
And speaking at the same event, North-Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu thanked government for coming to the aid of the bereaved families by providing all the required logistics.
He said losing so many lives at once is never easy but that the gesture by the government has gone a long way in reducing the burden on the affected families.
Ms Chalikosa was accompanied to the funeral by Minister of Lands Jean Kapata, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joe Malanji, and DMMU National Coordinator Chanda Kabwe.
Racheal Mupanga Chama
DMMU Communications Officer