A Scania Irizar bus belonging to Ticklays Coach services carrying 26 passengers has been involved in an accident after the driver attempted to avoid a vehicle driven by a reverend who was coming from VK guest house along Kabwe-Lusaka road around midnight.
According the driver, when he reached VK guest house he saw an Isuzu KB300 van registration number ABG 2277 which started joining the road very slowly and as he attempted to avoid hitting it, slipped into the drainage and overturned, the Bus was coming from Solwezi and going to Lusaka but no death or injuries have been reported.
Both the driver and police sources disclosed to the Zambian watchdog that the erring driver introduced himself as reverend Chibuye of Lusaka and is suspected to be a chaplain in the Zambia National service.
VK guest house management refused to disclose the nature of business the ‘man of God’ was at the lodge for, but reliable sources said the man had booked a challet where he was with a woman.
“This man booked that challet and was with a woman he claimed to be his wife, but in the middle of the night he wanted to drive her, we suspect she could be a married woman coz she looked reserved,” said the source.
Police say the man will be charged with dangerous driving and other applicable charges. “The first case is that of dangerous driving, then we will do other investigations to establish whether the vehicle is insured or not and whether the man has a valid drivers’ licence,” said the source who also revealed that the Isuzu vehicle has been impounded and the reverend detained at Kabwe central police station.
Meanwhile Kabwe police have stopped chasing pirate taxi drivers after causing an accident in which a woman of Chowa township died but the drivers have dared the police to go ahead with arrests and say they will mount a an illegal demonstration next week to demand among other things the release of their vehicles and detained colleagues. Police have also issued instructions to medics at Kabwe mine hospital not to divulge any information to the media concerning the accident.
“This is what they wanted, now that one person has died that is when DC Patrick Chishala and his PF police have rested, but now it is too late and since they are arresting us when we apply for permit, we will mount an illegal one and they must be prepared for consequences,” said one driver at Shoprite rank as his friends echoed then sentiments. Chishala told the protesting drivers that when he gets reports that police are impounding their vehicles, then that means the officers are working and would recommend them for further promotions.
And sources have told the Zambian watchdog that the leading policemen in the connivance with Chishala are a sergeant Banda and Chief Inspector Mbaza. Banda is a detective at Kabwe central while Mbaza is at traffic section.