“I don’t understand why vehicles on the presidential convoy travel on such supersonic speed.”
A cruising armed Malawi Defence Force (MDF) military police officers on President Lazarus Chakwera’s convoy has been involved in a fatal road accident in Blantyre and two soldiers have died.
The accident happened Monday afternoon at Grace Bandawe Conference Centre next to Blantyre Girls Primary School near the Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) and out of the two one died on the spot.
Several others are reportedly seriously injured.
MDF acting Public Information Officer Major Emmanuel Mlelemba has confirmed the death of the two soldiers.
Mlelemba, however, said other wounded soldiers were rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where they are being treated.
Mlelemba could not be drawn to give further details on the matter.
“Said Kazako: “The president is saddened by the death of the two soldiers and he has sent his deepest and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.”
According to an eye witness, the army vehicle, which is known as the ‘CROWD’ was carrying officers and was cruising on a high speed and the last vehicle on the presidential convoy skidded from the road and hit a brick fence.
The eye-witness said the driver of the Army armoured vehicle lost control and skidded away from the road then slithered and swerved side to side before lounging into a brick wall.
“The car was driving at a high speed and it looks like the driver lost control in the process. Two soldiers, a man and woman, jumped off the car as it skidded off the road. It was so terrifying. One soldier died on the spot and had lost a lot of blood. I have learnt that three others have also have died.
“I don’t understand why vehicles on the presidential convoy travel on such supersonic speed. Why do they rush? Such accidents can be avoided.
“If it something to do with the security of the president that his convey should be over-speeding, then the president is better off using a helicopter as it is convenient, faster and safe for the president,” said the eye-witness who opted for anonymity.
This is not the first time that the ‘crowd’ has been involved in a fatal accident.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :