Four UPND cadres die, 62 others injured


FOUR of the United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres yesterday died on spot while 17 others sustained serious injuries in Munyumbwe in Gwembe district after the canter they were in was involved in a fatal road accident.

Southern Province Police Commissioner Goldwin Phiri, who confirmed the development to Daily Nation, said the cadres were being ferried to rally which was addressed by their leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema in Southern province when they meet their fate around 10:00 hours.

He said the accident happened when the driver was negotiating a curve due to excessive speed in the process three passengers (1 female and 2 male) fell of the moving truck and died on spot while another female died while undergoing treatment at Munyumbwe clinic.

Mr Phiri said 45 victims were admitted to Monze hospital while 32 other were undergoing treatment at Munyumbwe clinic.

“The accident occurred along bottom road at about 10 hours, involving a Mitsubishi Canter bearing registration number ALZ 7103 driven by unknown person. The driver of the truck fled with vehicle,” he said.

By Press Time, Mr Phiri said 18 other passengers were receiving treatment at Muyumbwe and Gwembe clinic.

Meanwhile, another 62 UPND escaped death on Sunday evening after attending a rally addressed by their leader Mr Hichilema.

The 62 cadres escaped death in Mazabuka in a horrific road traffic accident as they were on their way to Mwana Chingwala after attending a rally which was addressed by party president Mr Hichilema.

Mr Phiri said the accident which occurred on Sunday involving 62 cadres happened around 17:50 hours on Sunday along Sikabanze road in Mazabuka.

Mr Phiri explained the accident occurred when the driver lost control of his motor vehicle due to overloading of passengers carried off and plunged into the Zambia Sugar Estate canal.

Mr Phiri said about 62 UPND cadres who were returning from a rally, sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment at Mazabuka general hospital.

“The driver is on the run and the motor vehicle had its right wing damaged. The cadres were returning to Mwanachingwala after attending a rally addressed by their leader Mr Hichilema.