By Bright Chikele
The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has learned with shock that the driver of the Mitsubishi Rosa that was involved in a road crash in Choma last week where 4 pupils and a teacher of Hillcrest National Technical High died on the spot was intoxicated with alcohol at the time of the accident.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the RTSA have revealed that the driver Joseph Kafwimbi Mwape was driving under the influence of alcohol contrally to section 157 of the Road Traffic Act Number 11 of the Laws of Zambia.
According to the blood and urine alcohol analysis conducted by the Food and Drugs Control Laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital, the spacemen for Joseph Kafwimbi Mwape was reactive to alcohol.
The blood and urine alcohol analysis further revealed that Joseph Kafwimbi Mwape’s blood contained 370 milligrams of alcohol while the urine contained 400 milligrams of alcohol indicating a minimum consumption of about 12 bottles of beer or 345 milligrams of spirit.
The Agency is at pains to understand why the school authorities at Hillcrest National Technical High School could have allowed such a driver to be in charge of the bus and thereby compromising the safety of the pupils.
The Agency further questions why the school authorities allowed pupils to be driven at night.
It is evident that there was negligence on the part of the school authorities and the Agency therefore calls on the Ministry of General Education to institute appropriate action against the school authorities.
Such a move will ensure that school authorities take charge of the plight of the pupils in regard to road safety.