Government on Saturday (21st September, 2019) condoled families who lost their relations following an accident that occurred along the Nkhoma-Kamphata Road, in Lilongwe.
Eight people (five children and three adults) died and 16 sustained serious injuries in the afternoon hours of Friday, 20 September, 2019, when a minibus ferrying learners from Ebenezer School, which is owned by the CCAP Nkhoma Synod, collided with a lorry that was trying to overtake an unknown vehicle.
Two of the injured were admitted to Nkhoma Mission Hospital for medical attention while 14 were referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital.
Speaking at Nkhoma Mission Hospital where relations of the departed souls gathered, Vice President and Minister responsible for Disaster Management Affairs, Everton Herbert Chimulilenji, said President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika was deeply saddened by the deaths and the sustained injuries.
“I spoke to the President and he is deeply saddened. Kindly receive our heartfelt condolences. Death by accident is so painful since it occurs when you least expect it,” said Chimulirenji.
The Vice President, who was accompanied by spouse Madame Judith Chimulilenji, earlier in the day visited and cheered the injured at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and attended a funeral ceremony at the Issats, a family who has lost a child and have another one admitted to the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at KCH.
Government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, has since provided financial assistance to the bereaved families and the injured persons.