President Peter Mutharika and the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika have expressed deep sadness following the death of 18 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) cadets and soldiers in a road accident in Mzimba on Thursday.
This is according to a press statement from the Chief Secretary to the Government which states that the First Couple has condoled the bereaved families and has wished those injured a quick recovery.
In the statement, Mutharika has assured the bereaved families and those affected that government will do everything within its means to support them during this trying moment.
MDF Publicist Paul Chiphwanya said those involved in the accident were recruits and instructors.
Chiphwanya said the recruits and instructors were coming from training sessions in Mzimba district.
It is reported that the vehicle in which they were traveling in overturned at Nkhamenya in Mzimba district after its front tyre burst.
Some injured persons were referred to Mzimba District hospital and Mzuzu Central Hospital for medical attention.