MDF soldier, young girl die in road accident in Karonga

By Duncan Mlanjira 

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier Corporal Anthony Chunga and an unidentified young girl died after been involved in an accident that took place on Sunday at about 1930hrs at Uliwa  Trading Centre near Uliwa Assemblies of God Church along Karonga/Mzuzu M1 Road.

A police report says 36-year-old Corporal Chunga, from Salawayake Village, Traditional Authority Mtwaro In Mzimba District was driving Toyota Dyna light lorry registration number NA 7187 from his base  Chilumba Barracks heading toward Uliwa Trading Centre with four passengers on board but as he neared Uliwa Assemblies of God Church he failed to negotiate a left bend due to over speeding and collided head on with an oncoming Toyota Hiace commuter minibus registration number CP9379.

The badly damaged minibus

Corporal Chunga and the deceased young girl who was a passenger in the minibus sustained serious ashead injuries due to the impact of the collision and both died while on the way to Karonga District Hospital. 

The driver of commuter minibus, 34-year-old Listen Kumwenda from Mkhuzimunyama Village, Traditional Authority Mtwaro in Mzimba District sustained upper arm fracture.

Other passengers also sustained head injuries — Kabubula Chilupsa from Thyolo; Junior Saidi Mhango from Karonga; Anold Mphande Nkhata Bay while Chancy Nkhonjera from Nkhata Bay and Tilibe  Menson from Lilongwe sustained arm fractures.

Three other passengers in the minibus sustained minor injuries. Both motor vehicles got extensively damaged. 

This accident comes just just three days after three people died on the spot on Friday night at around 20:00 at Pinji Village near Linthipe 3 Bridge along Dedza/Lilongwe M1 Road during an accident that involved three vehicles — a Freightliner truck, a Toyota Hiace commuter minibus and a Isuzu van.

The accident at Linthipe on Friday

Two passengers from Toyota Hiace commuter minibus registration number KK 4835, Matiyas Marko and Mike Jabu and one passenger from the Isuzu van (MJ 7295) all died on the spot due to severe head injuries. 

Particulars of the deceased are three male passengers from the Toyota Hiace minibus namely: Marko, aged 24, from Mkwekwere Village, T/A Kalembo in Balaka District; Jabu, aged 16 from Kawanga Village, T/A Kalembo also in Balaka while the deceased passenger from the Isuzu van was only identified as Thom since the police were not furnished with full particulars. 

The driver of the Isuzu van Peter Mlenga is reported by the police to have sustained serious injuries of a fracture on his left leg while John Sou, driver for the Freightliner truck (MC 3461/CK 2270) sustained hip dislocation. 

The report says 13 passengers from Hiace minibus sustained minor injuries. 

According to a police report, the Freightliner truck, driven by Sou, aged 40 years from Kambuzi Village T/A Mphonde in Nkhotakota District, was coming from the direction of Dedza heading to Lilongwe at fast speed and upon arrival at Pinji Village near Linthipe 3 Bridge, the driver lost control and hit the rear part of the Hiace commuter minibus which was heading the same direction. 

Due to the impact, the truck is said to have swerved to the offside lane where  it collided head on with the oncoming Isuzu van, driven by Mlenga, aged 40 years and hails from Chimombo Village, T/A Chimaliro in Thyolo District.