Following a spate of road accidents that have killed at least 930 people since January this year, Lilongwe-based Souls Savers Church has organised special prayers seeking God’s intervention to be held Saturday.
A Malawi Police Service report released two weeks ago indicates that 927 people have been killed in road accidents that have occurred in the country between January and May this year.
However, three more people died in a road accident on Friday after the report was released, bringing the death toll to at least 930. The Friday accident occurred after a Scania Marcopolo bus, registration number BU 4708, overturned along the Zalewa Road in Neno District.
Souls Savers Church founder, Pastor Steve Wingolo, said in an interview on Wednesday that he suspected that the road accidents were due to Satanism attacks, hence the need to hold prayers aimed at dealing with the problem.
“It is sad that road accidents have become a trending thing in the country, hence Malawians need to hold special prayers to stop these satanic attacks. Malawi is at a critical time and we cannot afford to have more people losing their relatives and loved ones through road accidents.
“As a church, we are very concerned about the increase of road accidents in our country. This is very sad and we need to hold hands in prayer so that God should intervene. This is not normal; it is satanism at work,” Wingolo said.
He made the remarks ahead of the crusade hehas organised at Chinkhoma Trading Centre in Kasungu District Friday evening. Among other activities, the church will dedicate time to pray against evil spirits causing accidents in the country.
“We will rebuke this spirit and the country will be free from these unusual accidents. We encourage all Malawians to join us during these prayers,” Wingolo said
Apart from praying against road accidents, Wingolo said they will also be praying for people who have family problems, sicknesses and lack of jobs.
“People should come and God will open closed doors for them and they will break through in all areas of life. There shall be breakthroughs in many areas and the future and the story will change,” Wingolo said.
At a recent stakeholders meeting on road safety, Officer-in- Charge of Traffic Police, Mcpherson Matowe, said the number of accidents that have occurred during the first six months of this year represent a six percent increase from the number of people killed in accidents during the same period last year.
Police and the Road Traffic Directorate (RTD) blamed the accidents on excess speeding.
RTD Chief Road Traffic Officer, Fergus Gondwe, is quoted in The Daily Times as saying that, as a way of curbing cases of road accidents, his agency will be hard on road users because the situation is getting out of hand.
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