At least 14 people have died in Chitipa District in separate road accidents in the first half of the year.
Spokesperson for the council Bishop Witmos said Saturday that these deaths have been recorded in five fatal accidents.
According to Witmos, the district recorded eight deaths in eight fatal accidents, describing the trend this year as worrisome hence need for divine intervention.
“The prayers will be done in order to turn to God and ask for his mediation against road accidents that are increasingly taking away lives of citizens in the district. This follows a stakeholders meeting which the council had last Thursday, in conjunction with pastors’ fraternal, business community and road users, amongst others,” he said.
Witmos further said overloading and use of open motor vehicles to carry passengers has been noted as the major cause of the accidents.
“Additional resolutions from the stakeholders meeting were that, the council will strengthen community awareness and sensitization campaign on road safety, enforce recommended vehicle carrying capacity, as well as ensure that all motorists in the district have valid documentation,” he said.
Commenting on the development Joel Jere Executive Director for Road Safety Alert said much as the prayers are needed, there is need to work on most of the roads which are in bad state.
Jere also said motorists should be cautioned as sometimes they deliberately disregard statuses of roads and road signs.
“As we are involving God, there are key people that are more responsible like the motorist and Roads Authority. They need to put things in order, our roads are very bad, Roads Authority knows this. We also have the Road Traffic Department they need to check these vehicles. This also includes us from the CSO network; to reduce road accidents is a multi sectoral fight,” he said.
Chitipa recently recorded a fatal accident in June, which saw three people killed, with 14 others with various degrees of injuries.