President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika have condoled families affected by a road accident tragedy in which 15 people, including Sunday school members from Chiputula Church of the Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) in Mzuzu, died and more than 30 others were injured on Friday night.
The First Couple expressed shock and sadness upon learning of the deaths, describing the four-vehicle pile-up accident as “one of the worst national tragedies in our recent past” according to a statement released on Friday by presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani in Lilongwe.
The statement also said the First Couple wished those injured in the accident quick recovery, hoping that they receive the best treatment and care.
“As the President condoles the families of the deceased, he has since ordered government to provide coffins for all the victims and make transport available to carry the remains to their respective homes,” the statement stated.
A team of the Sunday school members at Chiputula CCAP was headed for Karonga Old Mission CCAP to evangelise and promote their ties when the accident happened.
According to police, the accident at Msiki area, on the periphery of Mzuzu City, involved a heavy-duty tipper registration BQ 9942 belonging to Plem Construction Company, a minibus (KA 6849), an extended station wagon (NA 102) and a Mitsubishi Canter lorry (MZ 1195).
Grief and a sombre atmosphere engulfed the Chiputula Township in Mzuzu where the accident victims came from.
In certain parts of the township, several neighbouring family members and sympathisers were in mourning.