*Press statement for immediate release*

7th March 2020


Ruth Dantey


Fellow citizens,

The nation in general and the Copperbelt in particular in the past few weeks has witnessed horrifying traffic accidents in which precious lives of travellers have been needlessly lost. Just yesterday, dozens of lives were lost in a horrible road accident involving a light bus that was carrying a church group in which one of our senior UPND official lost his son

This is painfully regretted and shouldn’t be allowed to continue any longer. We in this regard extend our profound and heartfelt condolences to the grieving families, and wish quick recovery to the injured people.

Fellow citizens, the frequency of road crashes particularly on Copperbelt and around the Republic requires serious spiritual intervention by all Zambians. We must all drop on our knees and intercede on behalf of our nation. We therefore call on all genuine Christians that have the heart of the peace of Christ and are lovers of God than lovers of money, to seek the face of God and stand in the gap and pray earnestly and without ceasing for our nation.

It is written, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in pulling down of strongholds” and that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of darkness, against wicked forces in high places”.

We however also call upon truck and bus owners to give our drivers enough rest periods. Most of them complain of little or no rest because of the ‘go come’ policy forced upon them by their employers in order to meet certain targets. This is very dangerous and inhuman and shouldn’t be allowed to continue. Accidents among many other things, cause physical, financial and mental stress to all those involved.

May God keep our country safe and bless the Republic of Zambia.

Elisha Matambo
*UPND Provincial Chairman*
Copperbelt Province