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Wina eulogises firefighters

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina (right) at the funeral of one of the victims of the fire engine accident that occurred in Chirundu on Saturday PICTURE: ENNIE KISHIKI/ ZANIS

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has described the death of the five firefighters of Chirundu District Council in a road traffic accident as tragic and has eulogised them as patriotic men who were on a call of duty to save others.
The five firefighters died on the spot in a road traffic accident on the Chirundu-Kafue road on Saturday, while two others sustained injuries.
And preliminary investigations into the accident have revealed that the fire tender had a poor braking system and failure to negotiate a curve caused the driver to hit into a hill, causing it to overturn.
Speaking when she visited the accident scene, Mrs Wina said the death of the firefighters has affected not only their families but the entire firefighting fraternity and the country as a whole.
“It is unfortunate that we have lost such vibrant men under such circumstances. We have lost men who were looking after families that will now have to fend for themselves,” Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President said President Lungu is saddened by the death of the firefighters and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families.
Mrs Wina then proceeded to Chirundu Civic Centre, where she asked district commissioner Alfred Hamunjo whether this was the first accident to occur at Kapilingozi.
Mr Hamunjo responded that many accidents had happened at the same point and suggested that the Road Development Agency (RDA) should do something about the curve.
But Lusaka Province permanent secretary Stardy Mwale suggested that RDA should put speed humps to force motorists to slow down when they reach the curve.
Mrs Wina then proceeded to Mtendere Mission Hospital to visit the two survivors who doctors said are in a stable condition.
And Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) acting senior public relations manager Frederick Mubanga said in a statement yesterday that investigations have revealed that the driver of the fire tender had a Class B drivers’ licence.
“Investigations further showed that the section of the road where the accident occurred is a steep slope and a curvy stretch with a speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour. The road is smooth with few isolated pot-holes and a lot of vegetation covering along the road,” he said.

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