Chiradzulu Chiefs worry about soaring road accidents in the district

Concerned chiefs and their subjects in Senior Chief Kadewere area have petitioned Chiradzulu District Council over the high number of road accidents in their area.

The past two months have seen several fatal accidents which have led to the death of four people.

According to the chiefs, the road accidents are a result of a lack of road signs, humps and rumble strips along Chiradzulu Boma - Milepa-Migowi Chiringa road.

The traditional leaders include Group Village Heads Nkupu and Chilanga and other village heads and their subjects under Senior Chief Kadewere.

On Friday, they organized a big walk from Chamdimbo stage to Chiradzulu Boma to deliver the petition to the District Commissioner so that her office can act with speed to ensure that the road from Chiradzulu Turn off –via Boma- Milepa to Phalombe has visible road signs, showing the steepness of the road, bending and corners as well as bridges to guide road users.

The Chiefs on their way to deliver petition at Chiradzulu boma

“We are concerned with a spate of accidents happening along this road hence this petition so that relevant authorities can take measures to help us to reduce road accidents,’’ Group Village Head Nkupu said.

Information from the DC’s office shows that another fatal accident happened a few weeks ago claiming three lives, a five-year-old child, a father, and his son whilst at their home at Chamdimbo one of the hotspots for accidents in Chiradzulu district.

District Commissioner for Chiradzulu Reinghard Chavula received the petition.

Chavula assured the chiefs that their concerns will be channelled to the appropriate authority which is the Roads Authority, for action.

“I have assured chiefs that their petition will be taken with the seriousness it deserves, I will refer their concerns to Roads Authority for Action,’’ Chiradzulu DC said.

Chavula: I will refer the concerns to Roads Authority

Apart from road signs, humps rumble surface, Road Traffic patrol, the chiefs have also asked the council in liaison with the Roads Authority to carry out awareness campaigns among communities along the Chiradzulu Boma – Milepa to Phalombe on road accidents safety measures among others. The chiefs have given the Chiradzulu District Council one month to act to their concerns.