A road traffic collision involving the car they were riding in resulted in one suspected illegal immigrant dying and seven others being hurt in Chirundu District.

On March 23, 2023, at around 21:30 on the Chirundu – Kafue route at Blessings Truck Park in Chirundu District, the motor vehicle, a Toyota Premio holding registration number ABL 65, in which they were going collided with a Toyota Corolla bearing registration number AIC 5066.

According to police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale, the driver of the Toyota Premio, Kalombe Siaumpe, 32, fled the scene of the collision and is currently missing, while the driver of the Toyota Corolla only, Jabulani Nzima, 29, is being treated for injuries at Mtendere Mission Hospital in Chirundu.

According to Mr. Mwale, community members who flocked to the area as soon as the accident occurred called the police to report it.

According to him, police hurried the victims—all of whom are thought to be Ethiopians—to Mtendere Mission Hospital, where one of them was already dead when they arrived.

“Police are investigating the incident and a manhunt for the driver who is on the run has been launched,” Mr Mwale said.

On March 24, 2023, at 13:00, police in Chirundu detained two individuals they believed to be Ethiopians.

He claimed that the two were chosen after members of the public alerted authorities to the presence of two suspicious-looking individuals close to Muthuzi Nadi Lodge.

“Police quickly moved in and managed to pick the two who were identified as Tagesse Tadiwase aged 32 and Tesfare Trakaso aged 33. They are believed to have been among those that were involved in a fatal road traffic accident involving illegal immigrants who are currently admitted to Mtendere Mission Hoapital,” he said.

Mr Mwale said the two are detained in Police custody and officers from the Department of Immigration have since been informed for further Investigations.

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