Malawi sudden blood harvest in road accidents, family of 11 buried in Mchinji: Mutharika shocked with ‘tragedy’

There has been a sudden increase of road fatality in the country where blood is shed and lives lost with the latest being 12 people reportedly to have been killed on Tuesday in an auto-crash involving two vehicles on Kamwendo-Lilongwe road, an official at Mchinji District Hospital and 11 of the deceased were buried at Kapanila Village Traditional Authority (T/A) Zulu in the district on Wednesday.

The spot of the accident

Some of the coffins before burial

At least 13 more are battling for their lives in hospital after excessive loss of blood.

The accident occurred at Chinkhutu near Guillime at 7:30pm when the lorry swerved to the other lane to avoid hitting a cyclist.

One of the victims attributed it to loss of control due to over speeding as they were coming from Namitete in Lilongwe to attend a funeral of a relation on Tuesday and were their way back when they mate their fate.

The victims are from one family and were coming from Mkonkha Village in Lilongwe where they went to attend a funeral ceremony of one of their relatives.

“The driver of the lorry was trying to overtake the motor cycle and in the process the driver lost control and collided with a truck which was coming from the opposite side,” he said.

Six people died on the spot and five others died at the hospital.

Other survivors have been referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe for Intensive care.

Among the dead bodies are a child and three women.

In the last fortnight, it has been almost every day that a road accident is claiming lives and bloodshed and the roads of Malawi have become death-trap.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholous Dausi said government has declared a national disaster and bought coffins as well as met expenses of the funeral.

“This is a tragedy” said Dausi. “Imagine 13 members of a family dying once.”

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika and the First Lady have expressed “great shock” and sadness with the road fatality, according to a statement issued by Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani.

“The first couple is calling upon all Malawians to join them in praying for the lost lives, the survivors of the accident who are battling for life in hospitals and the families that have lost loved ones in the tragic incident,” said the statement made available to Nyasa Times.

President Mutharika has directed government to quickly take charge and provide the necessary support to all the affected families and those injured.

He wishes all those injured due to the “tragedy” and those traumatised a swift recovery.

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mediaz

Zinthu izi zikuwoneka ngati aboma akuziwapokanthu.Last year ngozi zidachulukanso ndipo boma lidakangalika kugula ma coffin ndikuthandiza mabanja ofedwa ndipo kudali kukuma pafupi pafupi ndi eni ake a ma bus kuti apeze njira zothetsera ngozi za pamseu.Tikunena pano nkhani zija zidatha kopanda chochitika chilichonse zomwe zikupangitsa anthu kukhala ndichikayiko ndi bomali.”RIP”

Tariq
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Tariq

Build a proper road and fund a proper road patrol unit. In other words, stop stealing for a month or two and do some good.

mtete
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mtete

In a situation like this the most one can do is praying for the departed souls, quick recovery for the injured.

Collis
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John

Collis
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You can’t pray for the dead, but the living. The dead can not receive mercy of God. Mercy is when you are alive. So we say may and quote may their souls rest in peace.

Collis
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I say God be with the bereaved, May God comfort you. Remember we will meet our loved ones in glory

Tiko
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Tiko

Sad. And before worse happens on dwangwa Salina road. Truck drivers carrying sugarcane to Salina are so careless yet the road is so narrow and with lots of potholes

uncle maliseche
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uncle maliseche

another death trap is the kaphatenga to dwangwa road with its careless bus drivers who rudely answer when cautioned about speed

Dengu
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We don’t have the roads in Malawi to have two vehicles going on opposite directions at the same time. Look at how bad these roads are. There once used to be roads with a shoulder where cycling people were having a space to do so. But now there are no such things and yet people are paying for the road with taxes and insurance. Kamuzu maintained these roads, but he died with his work. The people in power only express shock when there has been something but the money meant to fix these roads is being siphoned out and used… Read more »

Grace
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Grace

Dont’ blame the cyclist. They also have a right of way. When I cyclist is in front of you what would you lose if you slow down. It is the arrogance of drivers that is contributing to road carnage.

Lloyd Shawa
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Indeed something has to been done on our roads especially the abuse of rights we have, if you are to be in Mzuzu you will see how rude cyclist are. Roads are 75% congested with cyclists

Aka
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Aka

Sorry for the loss.
I have failed to fully capture the story title and the contents! How could such a sad a accident be termed blood harvest? Was writer implying that blood should have been harvested or the the accident itself harvested blood? Is it an idiom or what? Enafe sukulu tinatulukira pa window

Bristol
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Your observation is correct because it means that blood has been harvested due to the death of our fellow Malawians. May be the Title could have been “Sudden Deaths of People”.

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

High time these new roads should have cyclist pave ways its 2018 and cyclist on motor ways should be fined like in western countries safety is a must! Cars people and bikes can be sharing the same roads it risky! these presidents the police clear the roads for them and they driven they dont understand the need

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