The Mangochi Magistrate Court has ordered that Auckland Chipeta, 35, to pay a fine of K600, 000 or in default spend 24 months in jail for causing death due to reckless driving.
According to the Mangochi Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Amina Daudi, the court heard through Sub Inspector, Laston Sabola, of Monkey Bay Police Post that on July 27, 2017, the accused person was driving a Nissan Vannete registration number BS 4417 from the direction of Golomoti heading to Monkey Bay with three passengers on board.
Upon arriving at Luwanda’s Residence near Anglican Church, another motor vehicle was coming from the opposite direction with full lights on and as a result, the accused pulled to the side walk to avoid a head on collision.
Sabola explained that the accused then hit a male pedal cyclist, Alford Milanzi, 17, who was cycling towards the same direction with a pillion passenger, Zipa Hamera, 14, both from Chigonere Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nankhumba in the same district of Mangochi.
The prosecutor said following the impact, both the cyclist and the pillion passenger sustained head injuries and were pronounced dead upon arriving at Monkey Bay Health Center.
The driver and all passengers escaped unhurt but the motor vehicle had its windscreen smashed with the side head lamp and bumper damaged.
Appearing in court, Chipeta pleaded guilty as charged but in mitigation begged for a lenient penalty but the prosecutor pleaded for a stiffer penalty.
When passing judgment, Magistrate Ronald M’bwana concurred with the state expressing his concern over the accused person’s conduct for driving carelessly despite the fact that the police and other stakeholders are putting in place a number of measures to reduce road accidents in the country.
According to Daudi, Chipeta is expected to pay the fine within a week after the judgment out of which K180, 000 will go to the two families of the deceased children.
Failure to pay the fine will see Chipeta spending two years in prison with hard labour.
Auckland Chipeta, hails from Sani Village in Traditional (T/A) Malemia in Zomba.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :