3 scribes, 2 pastors in road mishap

FIVE people including three journalists and two pastors were on Friday afternoon involved a road traffic accident in Liteta area on the Lusaka-Kabwe highway.
The five, who escaped with minor injuries, were in an entourage covering the MMD campaign trail.
MMD special assistant to the president Clement Sinyangwe said in an interview that the accident happened between 14:00 hours and 14:30 hours.
Mr Sinyangwe named the journalists as Sam Mbewe and Choolwe Mweemba of Radio Christian Voice and Augustine Sichula of Radio Phoenix.  The pastors are Kangwa Chileshe and Nephas Njovu who was also the driver of the car.
“The accident happened when the vehicle from Lusaka en-route to Chinsali around Liteta area careered off the road and over-turned twice. The crew escaped with minor injuries although they were all rushed to Liteta hospital for medical check-up,” Mr Sinyangwe said.
He said the driver of the vehicle lost control when trying to avoid hitting into a girl who was standing in the middle of the road.
Efforts to get police spokesperson Charity Munganga proved futile as her phone went unanswered.
Meanwhile, four passengers travelling on a Copperbelt-bound bus from Lusaka, have been injured and about 40 others escaped unhurt when the Mazhandu Family Bus Services vehicle careered off the road in Chibombo.
The accident happened on Friday between 16:00 and 17:00 hours in Liteta.
Central Province police commissioner Standwell Lungu and Chibombo district commissioner Felix Mang’wato confirmed the accident in separate interviews yesterday.
Mr Lungu said one passenger sustained serious injurious and, that the accident happened when the driver of the accident of the 60-seater bus failed to negotiate a curve.
He said the front part of the bus was extensively damaged
Mr Mang’wato, however, said two passengers, the driver and his conductor were also injured.
Mr Mang’wato said there were 54 people on the bus and those who were injured were rushed to Liteta Hospital.
A check at the accident scene around 19:20 hours found the bus resting in a drainage while flow of traffic from the south and north directions slowed.
And KALUNGA MUSONDA reports that a 47-year-old woman of Serenje has died while three others sustained body injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in had a tyre burst and the driver lost control of it.
The accident happened on Friday around 09:00 hours, about 37kms from Serenje town in Chankalamu area.
Mr Lungu identified the deceased as Catherine Katota while the injured persons are Martin Mwamba, Abraham Simumba, 24, of Chitambo and Henry Muzeya, 25.

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