JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), in conjunction with faith-based organisations, yesterday held prayers for road safety with Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga calling for strict adherence to road regulations.
Mr Mukanga said abrogation of road laws and rules with impunity should stop immediately through promotion of adherence to road regulations and prayer by spiritual leaders.
The prayers were held under the theme: â€˜Acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our roadsâ€™.
â€œWhile RTSA is mandated to deal with the issues of accidents, the church has a spiritual role to play as many innocent lives are being lost on the roads. Good laws have been created for our safety and yet we continue to abrogate them with impunity. This must come to an end,â€ Mr Mukanga said.
He said a nation that adheres to the law of the land will prosper as well as live long, and it is, therefore, important for everyone to teach and preach longevity and law adherence.
Mr Mukanga said prayers and adherence to the law are inseparable, hence the need for churches to pray and stress the importance of preaching against drink-driving, over-speeding, and non-adherence to road safety regulations.
He also noted that road traffic injuries have become one of the significant causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in Zambia.
â€œIt is extremely disheartening to realise that youths who could have contributed greatly to the development of this nation are being killed or rendered invalid as a result of road traffic crashes,â€ Mr Mukanga said.
RTSA board chairperson Webster Nonde said road traffic accidents, though preventable, have become the third highest cause of death in Zambia, hence the need to seek divine intervention.
Mr Nonde said in the first quarter of 2015, road traffic accidents claimed 465 lives, and 126 of these deaths were in Lusaka alone.
Earlier, RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said the agency will endeavour to strengthen the partnership with churches because prayer and action are inseparable.
JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka