Hillcrest head, deputy axed over fatal accident

THE Ministry of General Education has suspended the head teacher, his deputy and a teacher of Hillcrest Technical Secondary School in Livingstone in relation to the road traffic accident which claimed the lives of five pupils and a teacher last month.

However, the ministry’s spokesperson Hillary Chipango when contacted could not confirm or deny the story but said the ministry was waiting for a report.

But sources at the school have confirmed to the Daily Nation that the three teachers – the headmaster Mr Amos Makasa, his deputy Mr Chanda Mwansa and a teacher Mr Mubita Mashombotwa – have since been advised to collect their belongings and leave the school, awaiting final decision from higher authorities.

“Yes, I can confirm the issue because I saw the letter for all the three teachers. When that accident happened, the head teacher was not there but he has been suspended also and someone to act in his position has been appointed,” the source said.

Attempts to obtain comments from the teachers on their suspension were unsuccessful as their mobile numbers were not reachable.

Five pupils and a teacher from Livingstone’s Hillcrest Technical Secondary School died on the spot on the Great North Road near Choma on June 18, 2016, when the school bus in which they were travelling collided with a truck.

The pupils were on their way to Monze for a Coca-Cola sporting event at Canisius Secondary School.

Road Transport and Safety Agency’s investigations revealed that the driver, Mr Joseph Kafwimbi Mwape, was driving under the influence of alcohol.

On analysis, his urine was found to have contained 400 milligrams of alcohol, indicating a minimum consumption of about 12 bottles of beer or 345 milligrams of spirits.