One person died in Mangochi on Christmas day in a road accident which occurred near St. Augustine 3 Primary School while two others were rushed to the district hospital after sustaining injuries.
An eye-witness, Ikira Amos said the accident happened in the morning several minutes after President Joyce Banda’s motorcade had passed from Monkey Bay to Mangochi Boma where she cheered patients at the district hospital.
“There were several cars which had been stopped on the way by traffic police to allow the presidential motorcade pass with ease.
“Now, when the way was opened for traffic, one driver sped off his vehicle from Mangochi towards Monkey Bay direction hitting the deceased and two others who were on separate bicycles,” Amos said.
Amos said the cyclist who was hit from behind by the speeding vehicle registration number BS 498 Nissan Teana saloon driven by Nelson Nkhoma died on the spot while the other cyclist who carried a pillion passenger sustained serious injuries from the pile up.
Officer -In-Charge for Mangochi Police Station, Deputy Commissioner, Elijah Kachikuwo while confirming the development identified the deceased as Ajidu Anusa, 49, of Saiti Kadzuwa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in the district.
He said the deceased sustained severe head injuries. Kachikuwo also identified the other two involved in the accident as Idrisa Idana, 31, from Ngoyi Village in T/A Mponda and Paul Bamusi, 26, of Kadyalunda Village, T/A Sawali in Balaka.
The two victims were still receiving treatment at Mangochi District Hospital where they have been admitted to.
He appealed to all road users to exercise caution when plying the roads of the country to avoid road accidents particularly during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
“Let me seize this opportunity to appeal to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike to be on the alert when using the road to avoid unnecessary deaths from accidents.
“People shouldn’t drink and drive. They must take all necessary precautions when driving,” Kachikuwo said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :