VP’s convoy in road accident

Three vehicles on Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji’s convoy were on Saturday afternoon involved in a road accident on M1 near Lunzu Trading Centre as he was travelling from Lilongwe to Blantyre.

Malawi Police Service (MPS) national spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed in a telephone interview yesterday but said the accident was treated as minor.

Part of the VP’s convoy mobbed by Democratic Progressive Party supporters during a recent public event

He said when the convoy reached Gada Trading Centre, the Vice-President’s official Toyota Landcruiser VX registration MG 2, which was on the convoy as a back-up,  applied emergency breaks and collided with a police escort Toyota Landcruiser registration MP 2323 that trailed it.

“In the process, four of our officers who were in the police escort vehicle sustained several degrees of injuries but they are just minor.

“However, it should be emphasised that the vehicle that applied the emergency breaks was not the one with the VP aboard. That was just the backup vehicle as he normally has it with the same MG 2 registration,” he said.

Kadadzera said the police escort vehicle, belonging to Southern Region Police headquarters at Chichiri in Blantyre, had some minor damages, including a shattered windscreen and damaged front bumper.

The MG 2 backup vehicle, on the other hand, had its windscreen shattered and damaged bumper whereas the third vehicle, a Toyota Prado TX registration MG 842 AJ, had its rear door partly damaged and spare tyre damaged.

Out of the four officers involved in the accident, two are from the B-Division section whereas the other two belong to the headquarters.

In a separate interview, spokesperson in the Office of the Vice-President Charles Wahara said Chimulirenji’s security personnel was not involved in the accident despite social media speculation. He said: “The accident did not cause a huge impact as what is being said and no security personnel was involved.”

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