Minister’s car kills Chipata resident, tries to blame victim

Minister’s car kills Chipata resident, tries to blame victim

sichoneA vehicle carrying Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone yesterday (Friday) bashed a bicycle carrying two people along Chipata/Mfuwe road.

One of the victims on the bicycle is said to have died on the spot though tofficials  preferred to say was rushed to Chipata Central hospital unconscious.

Malozo and three others escaped unhurt in the accident which occurred about 3 kilometers from the Chipata central business district around 13:30 hours.

According to Eastern Province Administration Head Messenger Justine Mwale who was with the minister when the accident occurred said, the driver of the Mitsubishi Pajero registration number GRZ 131 lost control when he tried to avoid hitting the cyclist who wanted to make a turn at a junction with Katopola road.

Mr Mwale said the confused cyclist’s movements on the road also contributed to the vehicle driver hitting him as both eventually went the same direction.

He explained that the cyclist who was carrying a passenger ignored hooting by the driver of the minister’s vehicle, a situation that led to the accident.

He stated that the passenger of the bicycle escaped unhurt as he jumped off the bicycle.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba who rushed to the scene of the accident shortly after it occurred said Mr Malozo was involved in the mishap while on his way to the airport to escort Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba who was in the district to officially open a Youth training programme at Chiwoko’s Zambia National Service (ZNS)training camp in Chipata.

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