11 February 2013

Zambia: Opinion - Sad Loss, Loss for All!

AS Zambia today puts to rest the victims of last Thursday's Chibombo road traffic accident, it is important for citizens to remain united and seek God's guidance during this time of tribulation.

Certainly, all citizens must cast aside their differences and embrace each other in the quest for comfort in the eyes of God, for it is through Him that all adversities could be redressed.

It is no time to apportion blame over the death of more than 50 passengers on that fateful Post Bus that collided with a truck in Chibombo.

God help us!

Zampost and the Government have timely taken up the responsibility of funeral and burial expenses.

It is painful for the nation and the bereaved families in particular to lose loved ones on that Thursday morning unexpectedly.

However, Zambia being a Christian nation, we must all look up to God for comfort and not despair at any one time.

Yes, death is painful and difficult to understand, but it should not leave us in perpetual pain.

There is always a healing process - through our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ, the son of The Living God.

While the country is going through affliction, we ask all Christians to seek recourse to the Holy Scripture.

In particular, we ask all Christians to make reference to Romans 14:8 'For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.'

This is an important scripture which is uplifting and relieving.

We agree with Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) general secretary Suzanne Matale that we need more prayers to help us understand calamities that have recently beset this nation.

This is the way to go.

Zambians have always stood together in time of sorrow.

This is not the first time the nation is mourning in this fashion. Examples abound.

In the early morning of September 25, 1970, 89 miners died at then Roan Copper Mine in Mufulira.

Half of the mine was flooded because mud and water had seeped through cracks at the mine.

Eventually, the force of the mud and the pressure of the slimes dam caused a section of the over-hanging wall to give way. It was a sad tale!

According to Road Transport and Safety Agency statistics, the worst road traffic accident was recorded at Pumula in Kabangwe in which 73 people died at once.

In another calamity, 56 people died in the 1990's at Kanyongoloka near Luangwa when a United Bus Company of Zambia (UBZ) bus overturned.

In April 1993, Zambia Soccer players, two coaches, a Zambia Air Force (ZAF) crew and a Journalist died off the coast of Libreville in Gabon.

On April 5, 2005, 43 pupils from Kawambwa High School in Luapula Province died when the truck they were travelling in overturned.

In Chambishi near Kitwe, 49 workers at Chinese-owned BGRIMM Explosives Factory died in 2005 in a nasty explosion.

While recounting these past disasters, we are alive to the fact that it is painful and remind bereaved families in each of the incidents of sad memories.

Today, mourners gather in Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in the same manner people converged in the Independence Stadium in Lusaka during the mass funeral of national team players, coaches, ZAF crew, a FAZ delegation leader and a journalist.

We commiserate with the bereaved families and the nation at large for this big loss.

Prayer must guide the nation during the national mourning which starts today and in fact continue beyond the three-day period.

It is a very sad loss, a loss for all!

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