President Michael Sata says he is reflecting deeply on means that can help reduce road traffic accident and has since ordered the construction of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage way as part of the Link-Zambia 8,000 project.
Addressing mourners who attended the funeral Church service for the 51 victims who perished in a high speed collision last week, President Sata said he wants major towns to linked by dual carriage highways.
“There are very important questions that can be answered by looking at the loss of these precious lives. It is for this reason that I wish to direct the ministries of transport, works, supply and communications to put in place measures that will help mitigate such tragedies in future.
I know that there are plans in the Link Zambia 8,000 project to construct dual carriage roads to link major cities. However, I direct that construction of dual carriage roads to link major cities be considered early,” the Head of State said as thousands sobbed at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
President Sata also called on the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to be professional in enforcing traffic rules.
“Over-speeding and reckless drivers should be firmly charged in accordance with the law; the RTSA and the Zambia Police Service must strictly ensure that road users respect road regulations in order to reduce on accidents.
He asked mourners to mourn in a dignified manner.
“The government and the people of Zambia share in your loss. My heart and the hearts of the first family pour out to the bereaved families.
As we gather here today, still reeling from the tragic death of our children, brothers, sisters and parents; we are shocked, scared and angered at the unfairness that took our dear fellow citizens from us,” President Sata said.