By George Bulombola MANA
Five members of staff of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Kaning’ina Studios in Mzuzu, Friday survived a road accident near Bwengu Trading Centre along the Mzuzu – Bwengu M1 Road when the vehicle they were travelling in, 6 SC 97, overturned on their way to Rumphi from Mzuzu.
In an interview, Officer in Charge for Rumphi Police, Pherson Nthenda said preliminary investigations show that the driver of the vehicle, Chikumbutso Banda was trying to overtake a vehicle but lost control as he tried to avoid a pot hole leading the vehicle to fall into the dirty verge of the road.
“We have not yet concluded the establishment of the cause of the accident as investigations are still underway,” said Nthenda.
He said the injured were rushed to Rumphi District Hospital and were later taken to Mzuzu Central Hospital for further medical attention.
MBC Regional Controller for the North, Peter Makawa said the five officers were on their trip to Rumphi for a recording assignment when they met their fate.
“We are devastated with this accident. Imagine five people from different departments involved in an accident. I am hopeful that they will be fine. I managed to speak to each one of them when they arrived at Mzuzu Central Hospital,” said Makawa.
One of the injured officers, camera person Joseph Phiri said he was in a stable state but still in hospital for further medical examination.
The officers involved in the accident include Sales Executive Officer, Frederick Pongolani; reporter, Alepher Kasongo and producer Mike Mkwala.