Kapiri Mposhi PF MP Eddie Musonda has blamed the numerous fatal accidents along the Great North road on government’s failure to widen the important road but taking resources to other less important roads.
Musonda was speaking to the media in the wake of the two separate accidents which occurred along the high way which claimed two lives leaving 36 others seriously injured. The parliamentarian said that government must have set priority on the road because of its economic importance and consideration of how busy it is.
In the sixth national development plan, PF government planned to make the Great North road into a dual carriage way but that has just remained on paper. Instead the government has corruptly awarded Sable transport a controversial K169m contract for periodic maintenance of 30 kilometres stretch on the road.
In the first accident, a Kashikishi bound Zong Tong bus ALV 28 and carrying 52 passengers and driven by Morgan Ngondo of Kanyama compound overturned due to the slippery road. 34 people sustained serious injuries and 12 have been evacuated to the UTH after initially being admitted to Kabwe General Hospital. The bus has been extensively damaged.
The other accident involved a Folton truck and trailer registration number ALP 9816 and ALP 6902 driven by 31 year old Hendrix Kache of Mandevu compound and a Zimbabwean Volvo truck and trailer registration number DK 77 GR and DS 53 SK driven by Dhokotera Itayi of Atherstone park.
The trucks collided when Kache failed to keep to his lane, leading to the death of Lifumbo Sepiso and Beatrice Kabanda whose bodies have been deposited at Kapiri hospital mortuary. The most fatal accident on the same road, which is still fresh on people’s minds claimed 55 lives when a Lusaka bound Post bus collided head on with a truck.