A police officer died and 12 other sustained multiple injuries in a road accident which occurred in Chitipa District, Wednesday night.
Driver, Sergeant Kayake Kamkuwe, 36, died at the spot when a police vehicle he was driving made a fatal accident near Kalenge Brige, a long the sharp bends in Misuku Hills.
Police publicist, Sergeant Gradwell Simwaka said Kamkuwe, who was driving a police car, Toyota Land Cruiser, Registration N0: 2121, failed to negotiate a sharp corner, forcing the car to overturn before hitting a tree, few meters away from the road.
“The deceased failed to negotiate a corner soon after crossing Kalenge River. The car overturned and plunged into the bush where it hit a tree which blocked it,” said Simwaka.
Kamkuwe, who had 13 people on board, including magistrates, police prosecutors, court support staff , a prison warder and four convicts, was coming from a court sitting at Wilindi Magistrate Court in the area of Chief Mwenemisuku.
First Grade Magistrate, Billy Ngosi, who is also the victim, blamed the accident on over-speeding.
Ngosi said he did not know what went wrong with the driver(deceased) who could not heed to advices to reduce speed, especially being the odd hour.
“I argued with the driver, almost twice, right from the time we started off from Misuku Magistrate Court, to minimize the speed since we were going home but to no avail,” said Ngosi, who was complaining of severe pain in the chest.
Sub Inspector, Prosecutor, Fancy Sichali, who led a rescue team to the scene of the accident said Kamkuwe’s body was hauled from the bottom of the rear side of the car.
Except Sergeant Prosecutor, Hastings Mwanza, who sustained serious injuries in the head and is in great pain, most of those admitted at Chitipa District Hospital are being treated for minor injuries, with Prosecutor Sergeant Leonard Chabwela and Prison Warder, Nelson Kamela already discharged this morning.
Kamkuwe hails from Kalolo Village, in T/A KaloloFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :