Driver of killer bus arrested

POLICE in Lusaka have arrested the bus driver for Kapena Transport Services who has been in hiding since causing the accident which left 19 people dead in Luangwa on Tuesday.

And the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says it will next week institute punitive action against the bus owner and the driver.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Matomola Mubiana, 36, of Zani Muone in Lusaka was arrested from his hiding place in Garden Township around 22:00 hours on Thursday night.
“He will be taken back to Luangwa district where the accident happened and will be charged with 19 counts for causing death by dangerous driving,” Ms Katongo said in an interview.
She said Mubiana sneaked from the accident scene and ran away on Tuesday night as police were taking stock of the injured and the dead.
Ms Katongo said so far, 13 bodies have been identified, while four still remain unidentified. She called on members of the public to help in the identification of the remaining bodies.
She said most of the identified victims were based in Eastern Province, one Tanzanian, while others were from Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
And RTSA head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga said appropriate action will be meted next week on Kapena Transport Services because it abrogated requirements of Statutory Instrument (SI) number 76 which restricts movement of public service vehicles after 21:00 hours.
On Tuesday, 19 people died while 46 others were admitted to hospital after the Kapena Transport Services Scania bus they were travelling on plunged into a ravine when its driver failed to negotiate a curve near Luangwa Bridge on Great East Road.
The accident happened just after 21:00 hours between Luangwa Market and Luangwa Bridge.
Of the 46 injured, 28 are admitted to Mumpashya Hospital, while 20 are admitted to Katondwe Mission Hospital in Rufunsa district.
Both Ministry of Health director of health education Tasila Peters and Rufunsa district commissioner Judith Chama confirmed that the accident victims who were admitted to Mumpashya Hospital are in stable condition and majority have been discharged.


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