Former First lady Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata was among scores of mourners who turned up to witness the burial of Zambia’s High Commissioner to India, Brigadier General Peter Tembo’s elder sister Matildah.
And Acting Rufunsa District Commissioner Judith Chama says government is in the process of putting remedial measures against traffic accidents in the district.
Meanwhile, Police in Rufunsa District have charged a civic leader who knocked down Mrs. Tembo who was cycling to work with causing death by dangerous driving.
ZANIS reports that Dr. Kaseba-Sata arrived at St. Luke’s Mpanshya Mission Catholic Church at 09:45 hours in time for a requiem mass for late Ms. Tembo who died on Monday, May 11, 2015 after being hit by a vehicle while cycling to work.
And addressing mourners, Acting Rufunsa District Commissioner Chama said government is concerned with the high number of road traffic accidents in the district that have continued to claim productive lives.
Mrs. Chama said government will soon engage the Road Development Agency (RDA), Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), Rufunsa District Council and other key stakeholders in putting up anti- speed humps to curb traffic accidents.
She called on RDA to replace vandalized road signs and re-do road markings that have faded especially along the Great East Road as a short term measure.
Mrs. Chama implored motorists, pedestrians and other road users to observe basic traffic regulations in a bid to reduce road traffic accidents in the district.
Meanwhile, the named suspect behind the road carnage is in police custody awaiting release on police bond.
Former Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Professor Patrick Kalifungwa, Zambia’s High Commissioner to India, Brigadier General Peter Tembo, Rufunsa District Chairperson Emmanuel Tembo and Heads of Government Departments attended the burial.
Others were Acting Chieftainess Mpanshya, Indunas, Priests, Nuns and St. Anna Laygroup members, the group were Mrs. Tembo belonged for 15 years.
Mrs. Tembo was born, 65, was born Katondwe Mission in Luangwa District and is survived with a husband, six children and eight grandchildren.
On Sunday, May 10, 2015, former Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr. Joshua Kanganja’s wife died on her way to St. Luke’s Mpanshya Mission Hospital after an accident along the Great East Road in Rufunsa District.