Four people died on Thursday just about 300 meters from where PF leader Michael Sata was seated waiting to address a rally in Solwezi.
For fear of being identified for possble linching, as word went round that Sata’s driver had killed people and had run away, Sata and his entourage could not move in a convoy as they did when going but instead spaced themselves up to a kilometer until they converged at Mutanda which is about 120 kilometers from the accident scene.
The MMD officials calmed the situation and alerted Ministry of Health Superiors, Zambia Police and the District Commissioner who all rushed to the scene and equally responded rapidly with Solwezi Municipal Council Fire Brigade Squad arriving in time. Wihout the timely intervention, there could have been riots and many other lives could have been lost. The residents almost set ablaze the truck with corpses lying around it but the MMD officials risked their way through and restrained the situation until Zambia Police arrived. The bodies of the deceased are lying in Solwezi General Hospital mortuary whilst over forty casualties are admitted to the same Hospital.