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Road accidents soar in Mangochi

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Police in Mangochi have registered a 30 percent increase in road accidents during the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 due to what officials say is an influx of un-road worthy vehicles.

Mangochi is one of the districts with the highest number of unregistered vehicles which are imported from South Africa.

Speaking during a meeting between Mangochi Police and the business community which was organised by Presidential Adviser on Peace and National Unity Symon Vuwa Kaunda, Mangochi Police Officer-in – Charge Elija Kachikuwo asked police officers and the communities to collaborate in stopping road accidents and other traffic offences that are claiming a lot lives in the district.

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He said his office is concerned that people continue to die in road carnage which could have otherwise been avoided if proper inspection of the vehicles are done at an appropriate time.

“In the first quarter of 2014 the district registered 10 fatal accidents compared to 13 accidents this year. This is coming at a time when general crime has decreased by 1.6 percent. I would like to ask businesspeople to ensure that your vehicles are roadworthy because police wants to move in to protect lives of people travelling on the roads,” said Kachikuwo.

Mangochi Police Station traffic officer Mike Simika attributed the increase in the road accidents to the fact that a lot of people in the district buy cars while they have not learned driving a situation which forces them to learn driving from unqualified people.

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“Mangochi is one of the districts where people buy vehicles before learning how to drive. As such we have more unqualified drivers who are on the roads and it is them who are causing accidents,” said Simika.

He said police cannot manage to instantly control the situation due to lack of resources to enable them patrol in remote areas where most accidents occur. He, however, revealed that his office has intensified patrols in accessible areas as well as general traffic awareness as a remedy.

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