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Police reprimand ambulance driver

By Audrey Kalamula:

Police Wednesday cleared a driver of an ambulance who was detained for “disturbing” President Peter Mutharika’s motorcade which was on its way to Kasungu on Tuesday.

The driver, Muthapha Nthiramanja from Area 25 Health Centre, was taken to Police Headquarters at Area 30 for questioning.

Reports indicate that Nthiramanja had on board passengers who were critically ill and were being ferried to Bwaila Hospital on referral.

However, the driver is said to have driven straight onto the road through which the presidential convoy was expected to pass.

National Police spokesperson James

Kadadzera Wednesday said police summoned the driver to warn him on his conduct.

“This ambulance joined the road when all the vehicles were stopped, while the convoy of the Head of State was passing Lilongwe City. We invited him [Nthiramanja] today [Wednesday] to teach him about why police stops other vehicles when the convoy of the president is passing. This civic education goes to all motor vehicles,” he said

Kadadzera said when the presidential convoy is passing along the road, it uses the entire space of the road and the lanes become one.

He said failure to adhere to road traffic instructions may lead to loss of life and property.

“It is proper for one to use instructions from our traffic police officers. We know there are emergencies but, when there is one, you inform a police officer so that you are assisted accordingly. We are doing this to avoid accidents leading to loss of lives and property,” he said.

Police’s decision to summon Nthiramanja has received public condemnation as some people sympathise with the driver who, they argue, prioritised safety of lives of patients he was ferrying to hospital.

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