The family of departed Afro-soul musician Tremour say they are in the dark over details surrounding the accident which claimed the life of the artist.
In an interview yesterday, the singer’s mother Taweni Mhango said despite reports that the driver of the motorcycle that got involved in the accident was arrested, the police are yet to tell them the identity of the person or give them an official account of circumstances that led to the accident.
She said: “What we have now is just unofficial version. We were told that Tremour was picked by his friend on the way home from the studio. We hear the friend was speeding too much and despite persistent complaints from Tremour, his friend could not slow down.
“Eventually, the driver jumped off the bike and it rolled thrice before hitting a stationing vehicle. We don’t know the name of the friend. We just hear that he was arrested.”
In a separate interview, a family friend Mwathu Banda, who coordinated fundraising initiatives for the artist’s hospital bills following the accident, said the sad part is that after the accident, Tremour was not able to speak.
But in an interview, Kanengo Police Station spokesperson Gresham Ngwira identified the driver as Sizwe Quongwane who was charged with contravening traffic regulations, including failure to report the accident.
He said: “On July 23, Quongwane was riding an unregistered motorcycle going towards Dzenza in Area 25’s Sector 3. Upon reaching Little Angel Private School, it is alleged that an oncoming vehicle hit him, but the driver did not stop.”
The Kanengo Police publicist said after the accident, the driver did not report the accident to police, but instead took Tremour to a certain hospital. The Police then arrested the 26-year-old, but was released on bail 24 hours later.
Ngwira could not be drawn to reveal when Quongwane will appear in court, but said his charge will likely be amended since they have known about Tremour’s death.
Quongwane hails from Jozane Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mtwalo in Mzimba. Meanwhile, the Police say they are still looking for the driver of the unknown motor vehicle which allegedly hit the motorcycle.
Tremour, real name Victor Mwangobola, died on Sunday at Dae Young Hospital in Lilongwe and was buried yesterday at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe. The 27-year-old came from Mwasulama Village, T/A Kyungu in Karonga District. He is well known for his hit song Mpanipani.