Ntcheu accident claims five lives, child escapes death

Five people have died this morning and others sustained various injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in landed on an electric pole at Salima Turn-off in Ntcheu district, police have confirmed.

A Chitipa District Agriculture Office’s vehicle, Toyota land cruiser registration number MG 5559 and was driven by Sekani Ngulube Gama 32,who hailed from Chandiwira village, T/A Jalavikuwa in Mzimba.

Police have attributed the accident to over-speeding.

“The vehicle with 10 passengers on board, was heading to Balaka district from Salima direction, and upon arrival at Salima Turn-off at around 0600 hours, she failed to negotiate a T- junction turning left due to over-speeding,” explained Ntcheu police Publicist, Hastings Chigalu.

“As a result the motor vehicle swept from the road to the offside far extreme where it hit an electric pole and landed on there.”

Due to the impact of the accident, five people including the driver died on spot, two others sustained serious injuries while others have minor injuries, and a five months old baby girl whose mother is the driver, escaped unhurt.

One of the deceased has been identified as Mrs. Magret Phiri 50, from Chiwambo village, Traditional Authority Mtuwalo, Mzimba. Three other deceased are not yet identified.

Meanwhile the injured have been rushed to Balaka District Hospital for medical attention and the deceased bodies are being kept at Balaka District Hospital Mortuary.

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So sad,

Kyala Ambwene

Even the age of the baby shows that the woman who drove the car from Chitipa is just coming from her maternity leave. Why then allow her to drive from Chitipa to Balaka, to add salt on an injury driving the whole night. Why??? Ministry of Agriculture Chitipa Office mwapha anthu any apa. Very sad. Mwakoma! Kwali Mwana akhalenge mbuni kwali.


Zinazi osamaziyamba dala Land cruiser imayendesedwa ndi mzimayi


Very sad indeed. However, how can Chitipa Agriculture Ministry management allow a woman to drive the vehicle on this long trip to Blantyre? If they were at Salima Turn off by 6am today, my instincts are telling me that she probably drove from Chitipa non stop mwina from yesterday to catch up with the event in Blantyre today.


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