June road accidents claim 74 lives


The Malawi Police Service has disclosed that 74 people died in road accidents in June 2017 alone.

National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, has attributed the development to excessive speeding.

Kadadzera said during the month, 276 accidents were recorded which resulted in 41 serious injuries and 120 minor injuries, apart from the fatalities.


The cases are less compared to the same month in 2016 when 519 accidents were registered and 87 people died.

It also shows that 56 people sustained serious injuries and 198 people had minor injuries.

“Drivers should follow speed limit signs. Passengers should also caution or report careless drivers. This is our plea as police,” Kadadzera said.


Despite the reduction in accidents, the country was shaken with the occurrence of accidents in June which forced authorities to set up a presidential special committee to investigate major causes.

This was after the country witnessed accidents that occurred at Rivirivi Bridge in Ntcheu which claimed 10 lives and another one along Magalasi-Chirimba Road which had four fatalities.

A preliminary report by the committee has attributed the fatalities to human error.

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