By Alfred Mthandizi
Malawi lost 223 school going children in 2016 alone and the same country registered 156 deaths of school going children from July, August and September after being hit by cruising vehicles in the country.
Road Traffic and Safety Services, Deputy Director, Anne Kandonje revealed these astonishing figures in Lilongwe during the launch of Road Safety Schools Event initiative at Kawale. Malawi Kandonje said 90% of these accidents were pedestrians. “This is why it is crucial to have safer roads to protect this vulnerable group” said Kandonje.
Centre for Youth and Children Affairs in conjunction with Puma Energy Foundation is implementing USD25,000 which aims at mitigation dangerous accidents amongst school going students. Puma Energy Malawi said during the launch that everyone is responsible for ensuring safety of other road users.
Dr. Davies Lanjesi said the three year project road safety program in Malawi in partnership with NGO Amend and CEYCA help bringing practical solutions on the ground as well as promoting solutions to policy makers. Dr. Lanjesi said the project will also promote safe and healthy journeys to and from schools.
CEYCA Executive Director, Desmond Mhango has since welcomed the project describe the project as unique. “We appreciate profoundly the partnership with Amend and the sponsorship Amend has received from the FIA Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation towards this road safety project in Malawi.”
All speakers figured overzealous drivers as people causing heavy loss of lives amongst our Malawi population including our youths. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 5,700 people are killed on Malawi roads annually.