Drivers fined for carrying matola

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The Balaka magistrate court has fined five drivers for carrying unauthorised passengers (commonly known as matola) in the back of their trucks.

The court heard that the five drivers who are Leonard Sitolo, Steven Zagwa, Kasimu Malinga, Joseph Sitola and Isaac Nyamanze were on 12 October arrested after they were caught carrying passengers and goods in non-passenger vehicles.

CourtIn court they pleaded guilty to the offence of intentionally endangering safety of passengers travelling by road contrary to section 237 of the penal code.

The five were then ordered to pay fines ranging from K20,000 to K40,000 which they all paid.

First grade magistrate Felix Mandala said he gave such a sentence to deter others from committing similar offences as the country is fighting against the increase of fatal road accidents.

Meanwhile, police have urged drivers of non-passenger vehicles to refrain from carrying unauthorised passengers and mixing people with goods since such acts tend to expose the passengers to extreme danger of being injured or losing their lives.

The police further encouraged people to travel by authorised passenger vehicles such as minibuses and buses to ensure safety and reduce risks of injuries and deaths during accidents.

According to Balaka Police deputy spokesperson Gerald Sumaili, the station has registered eight accidents involving non-passenger vehicles in the district since the start of October only.

“Previously such offenders were just being fined by traffic police but due to the increase in fatal road accidents which most of them involved unauthorised non-passenger vehicles, offenders are being brought before the court of law,” Sumaili said.

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  1. Boma la malawi liganizepo bwino pa nkhani ya matola .Timanyamula matola kuti nafeso ma TD tizidya.Boma silichitapo kanthu kwa mabwana eni ma truck kuti azitilipira malipiro okwanira.Chifukwa cha malipilo onyenyeka mchifukwa timatenga matola kuti mwina zinthu zingasonye.

  2. komatu malamulo enawa azakutembenukilani patsongolo anthu akupanga matolawo sikufuna koma kufunafuna kut akangokhala azija chani?? malamulo anuwa muziika ngat mumaganiza zopano ngozi zikumangika pa min bus zija bwanji osaletsa nawotso kut akuyambisa ngozi zachamba basi!!! musamamutenge malawi ngat wanu nokhathu!!! anthu wo cheteyo ndimwambo

  3. Mundifusile kwa apolice ndi aku court wo,kuti kwao kukazachitika maliro kapena matenda sazakwera matola kuti akafike mwamsanga kwawoko?matola anthu samakwelera kukondwa koma mavuto.ngozi zati mbwe pamalawi pano khaniyake ndimatola?

  4. LAMULO NDI LAMULO BASI TIYENERA KULEMEKEZA KOMABE ACOURT AKADAYENERA KUNGWAWAPATSA WARNING NKUWATAYA CHIFUKWA NKUTHEKA ANTHUWA SAMAPATSA ALOWANCE NDIYE AMAPANGIRA NJALA KOMANSO MAVUTO ANA KUNYUMBA TIYENI PENA PAKE TIZIMVETSETSANA AMALAWI NDIFE AMODZI.

  5. Zaziii… Akudyerani chan? Osakammanga KHOTEKHOTE MAZENGERA wakusalima uja, adakhuthula matumba 50 achamba uja bwanj? Panyapanu atraffik mwamva…

  6. Siyani anthu apange matola,adyachani pamalawi palibendalama,akapezakandalamako mukuwatolela athawilakuti popeza mmaiko enawatimavutitsidwa pankhani zamapepala, tithawilekuno tiuzeni?youknow malawian people,i dont know what u want as 2do.you nee all awer mony 2give you, and you dont cere about as, what dos it mean? Pls pls malawi take time 2change,where r yougoing with people?