8 killed in Chikwawa road accident: Irate mob set minibus ablaze

Eight people have died while six others have sustained serious injuries in a fatal road accident involving a minibus which happened at Domasi area which is a few meters away from Kamuzu Bridge in Chikwawa, Officer in-charge for Chikwawa Police Station Davie Chingwalu confirmed and said the accident happened at around six o’clock in the evening.

The left scrap of a burnt minibus in Chikwawa._.Pic by Steve Chirombo, MANA

This reporter witnessed on Monday morning scores of people rushing to Chikwawa District Hospital in disbelief of their lost loved ones and those injured.

People started converging in homes where deaths were announced while others discussed how the eight bodies will be buried later in the day.

According to reports, the minibus, a Toyota Hiace Registration number NU 8995 swerved and hit eight people by road side and killed them in the process while six others sustained injuries of various degrees Sunday evening.

Out of the dead, six are children aged 6 to 16.

Chikwawa Police Station Traffic Officer, Assistant Superintendent Cornelius Mpulanya believes the accident occurred because of speeding as the driver failed to control the minibus in his lane.

He said that soon after hitting the people, the driver escaped and abandoned the minibus.

“Later angry residents burnt down the minibus and as police were arriving at the scene, the minibus was up in flames,” Mpulanya explained.

As the dead bodies were being taken to the district’s mortuary there was worry on whether the small and old cold room would accommodate all the bodies.

But Chikwawa Health Services Administrator, Moses Jere is quoted to have said that all the bodies would be kept in the mortuary and accorded the dignity the departed souls deserve.

While advising people to stop loitering around the main road, Traditional Authority Mulilima has asked government to construct speed humps and extend the width of the M1 road at Domasi Trading Centre as one way of avoiding accidents.

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6 years ago

This accident confirms that many people in Malawi do not know how to drive. We Malawians lack PATIENCE when we are on the wheel.We drive like we are going to the moon.We rush going nowhere. How can one pass through a busy trading center at a higher speed than is regulated (50 KM/H) ? Eight souls are too many.Authorities, I plead with you, smoke the bastard of a driver out .He should face the law. My condolences to the bereaved families of Chikwawa. I am also sorry for the owner of the minibus which the irate onlookers torched. That was… Read more »

6 years ago

Fatal accident. Young children killed. May their souls rest in peace. May God give strength to the bereaved families. I was there today. A good Samaritan provided coffins. Cause of the accident I will not comment. Only God knows what happened. Blame game is the habit of malawians. We judge on behalf of God.

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