President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has declared two days of national mourning for 21 departed souls in Ntcheu district.
The 21 (18 women and three children) died in a road accident when a coaster they were traveling in collided with a truck around Mkanda area in Ntcheu.
According to Chakwera, government will proceed with arrangements to ferry the bodies to their respective home villages.
Chakwera was speaking during a press briefing at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on his return from London.
Meanwhile, some politicians have reacted to the fatal accident.
State Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima said government will provide every support.
“I am saddened to hear of the tragic road accident that has killed 21 people after three vehicles collided at Lizulu in Ntcheu district this morning. Eight others have sustained injuries and have since been taken to hospital. My heart is with the bereaved families for the loss of their loved ones. Government will ensure that we assist the affected families with the necessary assistance as they go through this difficult and trying period,” said Chilima.
Writing on his Facebook page, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa said the news is shocking.
“I am particularly grief-stricken to learn that most of the people who have died were from one family. May their good souls rest in peace. To those that have suffered various injuries, my prayer to the Most Loving God is that you recover quickly. I cannot wait to see you back on your feet and continue to contribute positively towards the social and economic development of our beautiful country,” wrote Nankhumwa.
Meanwhile, Department of Disaster Management (DoDMA) says government will foot all essential expenses for the funeral of 21 people that died.
DoDMA Spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula says government will provide coffins and ferry the bodies to Chikwawa for burial and each bereaved family will be provided some money.
“The monetary support will be provided towards expected funeral expenses. Those who have sustained injuries will also get financial support,” Khamula said.