Martha Pakula

Thu, 29/04/2021 - 10:31

The Dowa First Grade Magistrate's Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced a 27 year old driver Aman Kalidozo to pay a fine of K600,000 or in default to serve 6 months imprisonment with hard labor for causing death by reckless driving.

The court through Prosecutions Officer for Central East Region, Superintendent  Patrick Chambuluka heard that on April 7, 2021, Kalidozo was driving a motor vehicle registration number CP 4463 from Dowa Boma  going towards Dzaleka Refugee Camp with a passenger on board.

Chambuluka further told the court that upon arrival at Besela Village, the driver failed to negotiate a right curve due to speeding and eventually the motor vehicle swerved and went off the road to the left where is hit two pedestrians, Happy Kalinda, 33 and Petro, 21.

Following the impact, the two pedestrians were taken to Dowa District Hospital where they were pronounced dead due to severe head injuries while the driver sustained a cut on the right fingers and the other passenger escaped unhurt.

Appearing before court, the driver pleaded guilty for causing death by reckless driving contrary to section 126 of the Road Traffic Act.

In his submission, the prosecutor asked for a stiff punishment saying two lives were lost due to the reckless driving of the accused.

Passing the sentence, Magistrate Imran Phiri concurred with the state and ordered the driver to pay fine of K600,000.00 or in default serve six months imprisonment with hard labor. The Magistrate added that the fine will be given to the families of the two deceased as compensation with each getting K300,000.00.

The convict has since paid the fine.

Kalidozo comes from Johnson Village, in the area of Traditional Authority in Mwanza.