15 of the 25 people who were injured yesterday when a copperbelt bound Mazhandu bus collided head on with an oncoming truck are still in Intensive Care Unit at UTH and Kabwe General Hospital.
Five are at UTH, ten in Kabwe while others with minor injuries are still receiving treatment at Kapiri district hospital. Sources at UTH have told the Zambian Watchdog that government is tactfully trying to paint the picture that the casualties are few and in stable condition contrary to what is on the ground.
“Well, if you think they are stable then why evacuate them to this place and why keep them under ICU?”, wondered one UTH doctor. Vincent Hangandu, the driver of the bus is one of the victims in the ICU.
Meanwhile some drivers at Mazhandu have complained that the spate of the accidents in the once reputable bus company is due to ill treatment by the owners who have been over working the drivers. They complained that their employer did not give them enough rest time and paid little attention to vehicle roadworthiness.