A court in Mangochi has convicted a top People’s Party (PP) official and fined him K640, 000 in default serve a 42-month-jail term for causing death due to reckless driving.
The Mangochi First Grade Magistrate’s Court found Samson Msosa guilty of causing the death of Ndiche Mayilosi, who was 75.
The court heard that Msosa, who is PP Provincial Chairperson for the Eastern Region, was involved in a car accident while driving his party’s vehicle, registration number ZA 408, from Monkey Bay to Mangochi.
The accident occurred at Samama on August 2 2014.
The court heard that after the accident, Msosa sped away instead of providing support to the victim and report to traffic police.
Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana said the court had been lenient with the convict, considering his age and that he would need a vehicle to be driven to hospital for medical attention given his ill health.
M’bwana said the court also took into consideration that Msosa had pleaded guilty and admitted to the charges against him after thorough cross-examination.
“Therefore, I order that you pay a fine of K640, 000 out of which K200, 000 will be used as a compensation to the bereaved family and the court also orders that you should not drive any automobile which runs on fuel for a period of six months,” M’bwana said.
The seven counts which the court has fined the top PP official are causing death by reckless driving contrary to section 126 (1) of the traffic Act, failing to report an accident to officials within 24 hours contrary to section 124 (1) of the Road Traffic Act.
In addition, Msosa was also facing charges of failure to provide support to a an accident victim, removing a vehicle from an accident scene before the arrival of the police, failure to stop during and driving a vehicle without an insurance cover and a valid vehicle certificate of fitness (COF).
Msosa has since paid the sum of K500, 000 cash through the PP Deputy Secretary General, Irene Chikuni who was present in the packed court when M’bwana was making his determination.
Msosa, 66, comes from Ngoya Village in the area of Senior Chief Mponda in Mangochi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :