Chikwawa District Commissioner, Ali Phiri, has said 21 bodies of people who died in road accident in Ntcheu on Sunday will be buried in their respective homes of origin.

The decision, according to Ali, has been arrived at after thorough consultations with members of the bereaved families.

The district funeral ceremony was jointly held last night at Sekeni as the authorities are overstretched to attend all the burial ceremonies in different localities which are scheduled for today.

According to Police Public Relations Officer for Ntcheu Hastings Chigaru, Edoh Mbewe, 36, who hails from Chiimire Village, Traditional Authority Msomba in Blantyre, was driving a Toyota Coaster from the direction of Dedza heading Ntcheu with roughly 28 people on board.

Upon arrival at the area near Bomba Filling Station, the Toyota Coaster was hit from behind by a freightliner truck, registration number LA 5591 and LA 5548, that was being driven by Alfred Kennedy, 57, of Mbozi Village, Traditional Authority Kasumbu in Dedza.

Chigaru said following the impact, the Toyota Coaster went on to hit another vehicle that was in front, and then overturned to the extreme offside.

Then, the Freightliner truck followed the same direction and went on to rest on top of the overturned coaster.

Meanwhile government through the Department of Disaster Management has paid for all funeral expenses.

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