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Court court in Mangochi has convicted and sentenced Auckland Chipeta of 35 years of age to a fine of six hundred thousand kwacha (MK600 000) in default to 24 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour for causing death by reckless driving contrary to section 126(4c) of Road Traffic Act.

Prosecutor S/lnsp Laston Sabola told the court that the accused person was driving a Nissan Vannet registration number BS 4417 from the direction of Golomoti heading to Monkey-Bay with 3 passengers on board.

Upon arrival at Luwanda’s residence another motor vehicle from opposite direction with full lights on, as a result the accused person pulled to the nearside of the road to avoid a head on collision.

In the process, he hit a male pedal cyclist Alford Milanzi who was cycling the same direction and had a pillion passenger Zipa Hamera both from Chigonere Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi.

Both the cyclist and the pillion passenger sustained head injuries and were pronounced dead upon arrival at Monkey-Bay Health centre.

The accused pleaded guilty as charged.

Passing judgement, his worship first grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana expressed his concern over the accused person’s conduct for driving carelessly although the Police and other stakeholders are putting much effort in order to reduce road accidents in the district.

He then slapped him to pay six hundred thousand kwacha fine in default to 24 months l.H.L if paid each deceased family will receive one hundred and eighty thousand kwacha as compensation.

Auckland Chipeta hails from Sani Village in the area of Traditional Authority Malemia in Zomba.

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