NDANGWA MWITTAH, Choma
TEN bodies of the 11 people who died in a road traffic accident at Munali Hills in Chikankata last Thursday have been identified.
Southern Province commissioner of police Bonny Kapeso said in a statement yesterday that the only unidentified body is still in the Mazabuka District Hospital mortuary.
“A family of three comprising Tumwi, 26, Bright, 2, and nine- months-old Brighton Hakasimbi are among those identified by relatives.
“The others are Dick Mweembe, 27, and a lady only identified as Mweembe, 20, both of Kalemu village in Chief Chikanta’s area in Kalomo district. The other one is identified as Blessings Eliyela, aged one-and-half years, of house number 5019 in Lusaka’s John Laing township,” Mr Kapeso said.
Other identified bodies are those of Atras Mungala, 35, of Sichimbwali village and Bright Tilimboyi, 44, of Siachitema village, both of Kalomo district.
The rest are Goliath Chiwala, 34, and Emmah Muleya, 57, of Pemba and Choma’s Mbabala area, respectively.
Mr Kapeso said post-mortems on all the 10 bodies have been conducted and the driver of the Hino truck Constantino Sibusenga was expected to appear before the Mazabuka Magistrate’s Court yesterday for causing death by dangerous driving.
Survivors of the accident said the Hino truck registration AKB 2872 was overloaded and was over-speeding before it plunged into a 10 metre deep gorge.
They also alleged corruption at checkpoints where the truck laden with livestock, people and machinery was allowed to pass.