The Malawi Police Service (MPS) says a total of 45 road accidents, with 14 fatalities, were recorded during this year’s Easter period.
The accidents and fatalities have decreased from 121 and 16, respectively, last year.
The police report covers the period between the midnight of April 14 to the midnight of April 18 2022.
MPS assistant spokesperson Felix Misomali says police have intensified traffic checks to further reduce cases of road accidents in the country.
“The Service has intensified traffic checks, day and night traffic patrols and sensitisation meetings on road safety to further reduce cases of road accidents in Malawi,” he said.
Among the fatalities are a husband and wife and driver who died Monday night when a minibus collided with a motorbike the couple was riding on in Chikwawa District.
Chikwawa Police Station spokesperson Dicksom Matemba said the couple was riding a motorbike, Yamaha AG 200, which was involved in a head-on collision with a minibus, Toyota Hiace registration BX 8070
“What happened was that the minibus driver was trying to overtake another vehicle and hit the motorbike head on. The couple, identified as Mr and Mrs Isaac Chimunthu Banda, sustained multiple head injuries and were pronounced dead upon arrival at Ngabu Rural Hospital.
“On top of the driver, the minibus had 10 passengers who sustained minor injuries,” he said.
On Saturday, four people died while three others sustained various degrees of injuries in a road accident that occurred in Mangochi District.
According to Mangochi Police Station spokesperson Amina Daudi, the accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday.
“Two people died on the spot while the other two died while being treated at Mangochi District Hospital. Three other people are being treated at Mangochi District Hospital.
“The vehicle in question, a Toyota Sienta registration BZ 4264, was being driven by 52-year-old Emmanuel Shabani, who was driving towards Mangochi Boma from Liwonde [in Machinga District],” she said.