A 24-year-old driver, Grant Ng’ambi has been convicted and commanded to pay a fine of K800, 000.00 for causing deaths of 4 people due to negligence driving in Chitipa district.
The Chitipa Magistrate Court heard through state prosecutor, Inspector James Kanyumbu that the convict caused death of Pearson Kapira and three others on June, 13th, 2022 at 9:00hrs along Chitipa-Nthalire Earth road (M9).
“On this day, the Convict was driving a motor vehicle registration number BW 6051 Mitsubishi canter 3 tonner lorry from Nthalire to Chitipa with fifteen passengers on board and bags of ground nuts. When he reached at Jembya crescent, he failed to ascend and the motor vehicle moved backward and fell into nearside road and killed four people in the process and injured others,” Kanyumbu told the court.
The convict pleaded guilty to charges of causing death by negligent driving and Endangering life of people traveling by road. In mitigation, the convict asked the court to consider him to pay fine and not be sent to jail because he’s young, first offender and has wife and children to look after.
In his submission, Kanyumbu prayed for a meaningful sentence to the convict saying despite being a first offender, the crime committed is big considering that four people lost their lives plus the vehicle he was driving has a third party insurance meaning there would be no compensation to the bereaved families.
Passing judgement, Magistrate Billy Ngosi concurred with the State and Sentenced the Convict to pay a fine of K200, 000.00 for each death caused and the fines be given to bereaved families as compensation.
Furthermore, he ordered the Convict to serve 12 month jail term but suspended to not drive any motor vehicle for the period of three months saying he has considered him because of his age.
Causing death by negligent driving contravenes section 126, (4) c of the Road Traffic Act and Endangering life of persons traveling by road contravenes section 237 of the penal code.
Ng’ambi hails from Kasyololo village in the area of Traditional Authority Mwenewenya in Chitipa district.