Rwandan national fined K1.2m for causing accident

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A court in Mangochi district has ordered a Rwandan national to pay a MK1.2 million fine for causing an accident.

The Rwandan, Rukundu Amiabo, 25, was found to have caused an accident that left seven people injured.

Mangochi police prosecutor Maxwell Mwaluka told Mangochi First Grade Magistrate Court that on May 27, 2017 Amiabo was driving a Toyota Hilux pick-up from Mangochi to Monkey-Bay with six passengers on board.

Upon arrival at St. Augustine 3 Primary School, he lost control of the vehicle due to overspeeding and the car swerved to the other side of the road where it hit a cyclist.

Following the impact, all six passengers aboard the vehicle fell down from the moving motor vehicle.

The passengers and the cyclist sustained deep cuts on the head and multiple bruises on both legs and were rushed to Mangochi District Hospital for treatment. The driver escaped with minor injuries.

As such, the prosecutor pleaded for a stiff penalty on the driver since he didn’t follow road safety measures and ended up endangering people’s lives in the process.

In his submission, his worship First Grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana concurred with the state saying the Rwandan did not follow road safety measures which made him endanger people’s lives.

Therefore, the Magistrate ordered the Rwandan to pay a K1.2 million fine or in default to serve 96 months imprisonment with hard labour.

The convict has since paid the fine.

Rukundu comes from Rwanda but currently resides at Ntanga, in Traditional Authority Chimwala’s area in Mangochi.