A fatal road accident in Dedza district has claimed lives of three Ministry of Industry and Trade officials with a brother to President Peter Mutharika’s long-time aid Ben Phiri sustaining internal injuries.
Police confirmed information indicates that the accident occurred on Friday evening at around 19:30 hours at Kalinyeke Trading Centre, Dedza along M1 road between the ministry’s vehicle Nissan hard-body double cabin registration MG346AG and Iveco van MN 2369.
The ministry vehicle had three passengers on board. The driver Innocent Konyani, 36, and two passengers identified as Heather Kachingwe (Investment Promotion officer) and Muhammad Juma Jawadi, 32, died on the spot due to serious head injuries.
The third passenger, Steven Nkasala 27 years old who is a brother to Ben Phiri and State House official Martin Nkasala, sustained internal injuries and is currently admitted to Kamuzu Central hospital (KCH).
Iveco van driver Robert Jakisoni, 36, of Jere village Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza, Dedza and his male passenger (name not yet known) escaped with minor injuries.
According to information, the ministry officials were on their way from Blantyre to Lilongwe after patronizing the on-going Trade Fair.
It is reported that Konyani of Magombo village, T/A Mchiramwera, Thyolo while at Kalinyeke Trading Centre, shifted lanes from left to right thereby colliding with in-coming Iveco lorry.
The ministry vehicle got extensively damaged while the lorry had its front part and windscreen damaged.