Fatal accident claims two lives in Blantyre: ‘Driver was drunk’

A fatal road accident has claimed lives of two people in Blantyre, police have confirmed.accident

The accident, involving Toyota Corolla Saloon NN 667 and a lorry BLK 1620, took place in the wee hours of Friday, 5th August, 2016 at Grand and Grill Bar along the M1 road in Chirimba Township in, Blantyre.

Blantyre police assistant Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Andrew Mayawo identified the two as Watson Binauli 30 years old and Jordan Chipinga.

According to Mayawo, Binauli was driving from the direction of Kameza roundabout heading Chirimba direction, and upon reaching Grand and Grill Bar he hit another vehicle ahead of him.

“The Toyota Corolla got damaged completely while the lorry, driven by James Kadzinja, had its trailer lights broken and two people died in the process,” explained Mayawo.

Binauli died on the spot while Chipinga- a passenger- was pronounced dead upon arrival at Mtengo Umodzi Private Hospital.

“Our officers visited the scene and established that the driver of the Toyota Corolla (Binauli) was drunk and bottles of beer were found in his vehicle.”

Binauli hailed from Khosala village, T/A Chikowi in Zomba district.

Chipinga’s full particulars are not yet known.

Meanwhile, the law-enforcers have appealed to the general public to desist driving while drunk.

Mayawo said: “The slogan “don’t drink and drive” has been there for decades now but people continue dying from the dangerous act, and it seems we are not learning from the accidents and deaths of others.”

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5 years ago

Our police officers r the most incompetent and corrupt the only thing they know is to solicit bribes from motorists imagine from Blantyre to zalewa 6 road blocks can Peter explain why motorists r policed like this? This affects the economy because it is slow, time consuming and anoying when you r stopped 6 times within a distance of 50kms. Please IG try to reduce these roadblocks because they threaten tourist and would be investors they take Malawi as a lawless country. Apart from Zimbabwe Malawi is the only country with many police check points and rude gun toting police… Read more »

5 years ago

The fact that bottles of beer were found in the saloon can, or whether he was drunk, it does not mean that is the cause of the accident. In the report you say it is the lorry which hit the saloon car. But you rush to conclude and fault the deceased. Simply because you found bottles of beer. For once, be professional you lazy police officers. You are incompetent and fail to do proper investigation on anything even this accident and you rush to make hasty conclusions. Shame

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