Seconds to disaster: How accident involving Botswana, Zambia ambassadors happened

Standard Digital can now report how the accident in which Botswana and Zambia High Commissioners to Kenya were injured in Machakos County Tuesday evening happened.

Zambia High Commissioner Brenda Mudenda, 40, years who is Zambian High Commissioner complained of chest and abdominal pains while Gobapang Duke Lephoko, 48,  the Botswanan High Commissioner to Kenya had slight injuries on the left leg above the knee. All were rushed to Machakos Level 5 Hospital.

According to an OB entry at Chumvi police Station at the Machakos-Nairobi road junction, the accident occurred at about 1700 hrs along Mombasa- Nairobi highway at the Lukenya bridge involving diplomatic vehicles registration numbers  110CD1K (Toyota Prado) belonging to Botswana High commission and  54CD8K also a Toyota Prado belonging to Zambia High Commission.

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The third vehicle was a lorry (KAW 313C) a Mercedes Actros, the fourth a Toyota Isis (KCM 746), and the fifth in the pile-up another Mercedes Actros truck (KCD 933V).

According to the police report, a police escort vehicle (Nissan Patrol GKB 839R) driven by Constable Lawrence Kalume was leading the convoy with a blaring siren.

 At the Lukenya Bridge, the report says, a Mercedes Actros driven by Joseph Giraranga from Nairobi failed to give way to the convoy colliding head-on with the Zambian Prado.

In the process adds the OB, the Botswanan Prado which was following from behind lost control and collided head-on with the same lorry.

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In the confusion, the Toyota ISIS Rammed at the rear of the lorry.

The report names the injured as Joseph Guttu aged 47 who sustained fractured right leg and bruises on the left hand and Wasa Kaluwe aged 30 years of the Zambian High Commission who sustained a fractured right leg.

The diplomatic vehicles extensively damaged and towed to the station to await inspection.  Both truck drivers and the Isis one escaped unhurt.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, who arrived at the hospital Tuesday 8.30pm, said doctors were doing everything possible to stabilise the casualties.

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