THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Chief Executive Officer Gladwell Banda says the agency has intensified traffic law enforcement patrols on highways to curb road accidents.
Following President Edgar Lungu’s directive to intensify its patrols in view of the increase in road fatalities, Banda said the agency has increased its presence on all highways and mostly targeting at un-roadworthy vehicles, excessive speeding motorists, drunken drivers among others.
He added that other road traffic offences that will be targeted in the patrols include compliance to statutory documents such as Driving Licences, Road Licences, adherence to fastening seat-belts and nonuse of cell phone while driving.
He said RTSA in collaboration with the Zambia Police Traffic Section will be conducting motorized and non-motorized patrols and will also ensure that all broken down vehicles causing obstruction on the roadway are removed.
“I have with immediate effect directed all RTSA Provincial offices to get on the ground to ensure that we put an end to the escalating incidences of road traffic accidents especially on the highways,” Banda said.
He said the Agency has further enhanced road safety education, to promote the use of proper signage of triangles to alert other motorists whenever there is a broken down vehicle on the roadway.
RTSA revokes licences for PSV drivers violating traffic rules and regulations
RTSA Chief Executive Officer Gladwell Banda has revoked the Driving Licences for four Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers for violating traffic rules and regulations.
According to a statement issued by RTSA Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga, Banda said the affected drivers neglected their responsibility to drive with due care, thereby, causing deaths.
Banda named one of the affected drivers as Enock Malama who caused the death of five people and nine sustained injuries due to excessive speed in Serenje on Monday.
In another incident, Banda said another driver named as Hestrone Kapembwa, on 11th May 2020 caused death of one person by driving at an excessive speed along the Great North Road, Chaisa area in Lusaka.
“The third driver, Mr. Anthony Mwamba caused a road traffic accident along Great North Road at Kabangwe area due to careless driving, while the fourth driver, Mr. Robert Banda caused an accident along Great North Road at S.O.S traffic circle due to excessive speed,” Banda said.
Entreprenueship or Sex Education, where should our focus be?
By Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba
I have been privileged here at the African Union to immerse myself in the debate about Comprehensive Sexuality Education and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH&R).
I have been privileged to have traveled to the USA, twice, to specifically to represent Africa to discuss these two programmes being unleashed on Africa.
Is our problem sex or poverty?
I think the focus should be implementing comprehensive entrepreneurship education than aggressively funding Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).
We will benefit more from vocational, money, business and trade training than Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).
CSE was designed to make the next generation “less homophobic”, accept sex as a matter of right and exclude parents from sex education of their own children and adolescent to promote “Its my body, its my right”!.
More and more countries are calling for the discardment of CSE and for the adoption of a sex education that is friendly, approved by parents, the Church and stakeholders.
CSE is like those IMF Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAP) now held in shame!
No matter how much you “localise” the content, no matter how you make it “cultural sensitive”, at the heart of CSE is a determined goal to achieve, sexualise children, make them less “homophobic”, and let them know that sex is a right with whoever they wish to have it with.
No matter how determined our experts were, SAP achieved its goals: de-industrialised our economy, liquidated our state-owned enterprises and shifted us to an import-oriented and dependent economy.
So is CSE! CSE was designed for a purpose and will receive huge funding from the cooperating partners and sponsors to achieve the purpose it was created for.
CSE has a twin partner that is also co-heavily funded, the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SHR&H) which promotes adolescent sexual rights, sexual orientation, and abortions.
The solution to child marriages, teen pregnancies, sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies may not lie in CSE and SRH&R.
Our traditions have rich sex education that can be adapted, modernised and adopted without eroding our culture, without insulting our religion, and without polarizing the parents and withoutadopting CSE programmes.
Why don’t we invest in our indigenous and tested knowledge?
This is not an experts’ issue, it is a parents’ issue.
Africa has been raped, defiled, enslaved and bankrupted but, has stood the test of time and foreign pressure and invasions because of its culture and traditions.
The two programs are designed to dismantle that!
Imagine if the $300million earmarked for Zambia for CSE was spent on entrepreneurship training and support!
We can unleash an economic beast in our young people!
Bane, ukwali insoke, takwafwile muntu.
Zambian truck driver burns to death 2 days after celebrating birthday
A ZAMBIAN truck driver has been burnt to death after a fuel truck he was driving caught fire, reports have indicated.
Simon Mulonga, an employee of Juba Transport is said to have died in Zimbabwe where the accident happened.
He celebrated his birthday on Saturday.
It is not immediately clear what caused the fire.
Mulonga was married to journalist Chikumbi Katebe.