3 children have lost their lives in 3 different road accidents


By  Vincent Khonje

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Three children have died in Kasungu in three separate road accidents that occurred on Saturday.

The first accident occurred at Madzuko Village near Chamakala at around 3:00 pm along Mzimba Kasungu M1 Road.

According to Kasungu Police Public Relations Officer, Harry Namwaza, a Toyota Voxy driven by Boniface Chibwana, aged 45 which had three passengers on board overturned at the said place.

“In the motor vehicle, there was a female passenger who had a six-month-old boy child (now deceased) identified as Brave Felix.

“Upon arrival at Madzuko Village, he lost control of the motor vehicle due to speeding. As a result, he swerved to the extreme offside where the vehicle overturned and rolled twice,” said Namwaza.

He said following the impact, the child sustained severe injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kasungu District Hospital.

The other passengers sustained minor injuries.

Namwaza said the second accident occurred at around 6:00 pm at Kambundule Village along Mchinji-Kasungu M18 road involving a motor vehicle, a Toyota Sienta registration number DZ 6842,  driven by Kambileko Masoanjale, 36, from Santhe and was heading for Chinkhoma.

The vehicle hit a male child identified as Mayeselo Davison, 11, who was crossing the road from left to right.

“Due to the impact, he sustained severe head injuries and multiple fractures on the left leg. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Santhe Health Centre,” said Namwaza.

The PRO said the third accident was a hit-and-run type involving an unknown motor vehicle which hit a young male child identified as Samalani Phiri aged 9.

The accident occurred at Katondo Trading Centre at around 7:00 pm along Mchinji-Kasungu road.

“It is alleged that the unknown motor vehicle was being driven by an unknown driver from Santhe heading for Chinkhoma.

“Upon arrival at Katondo, it hit the boy in question who was walking on the right-hand side of the road with friends in the direction of Chinkhoma,” said Namwaza. 

He said the child sustained serious head injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Santhe Health Centre.

Felix hailed from Kambauwa, Traditional Authority Dzoole in Dowa District while Davison hailed from Kabundule and Phiri from Chakoma Village, both in Traditional Authority Chidzuma in Kasungu District.

Police have since urged drivers to be careful due to pedestrians and other vehicles whenever they are on the road.

The police are also urging the drivers to prudently control the speed and movement of their vehicles whenever they are on the road.

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