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Five Journalists Killed as Road Crash claims 15 lives in Mwanza

A speeding government owned, Toyota Landcruiser LX carrying a team of Jornalists reportedly got involved in a head-on-colusion with an equally high-velocity, commuter passenger vehicle, a Toyota Hiace Mini-Bus with more than 20 people onboard.

Nearly 15 People have been killed in a horrid road accident which occured in the Lake Zone’s Mwanza Region, early Tuesday Morning.

The Landcruiser rolled several times after the impact killing the five scribes who were traveling in it. Together with the vehicle driver. One journalist, identified as Tunu is said to be in critical condition.

The writers were traveling from Mwanza, heading to Ukerewe via Bunda, when they got involved in the accident at the Chumve section of Busega District.

It was a team of journalists who were part of the people in the Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Robert Gabriel, entourage as he toured the Zone.

The Lake Zone Press Club Chairperson, Edwin Soko has confirmed the incident.

Additional reports claim that ten other people who were riding in the Toyota Mini-bus, including its driver, also perished in the accident.

Six people are admitted at the Nassa Health Center.

The Doctor in-charge at Nassa, Saly Shaku has confirmed the names of the deceased.

The passenger mini-bus

So far it is only the names of dead journalists that could be listed, including the head of the delegation, one Abel Ngapemba who worked as communication officer for the Office of the Regional Commissioner of Mwanza.

Other listed names of the deceased include Husna Mlazni reporting for Independent Television (ITV), Vanny Charles from what described as ‘Icon’ media, Johari Shani of Uhuru Media and one Anthony Chuwa, writing for Habari Leo newspaper, Steven Msengi a Public Relations Officer for Ukerewe District Office and the Driver Paul Silanga.

President Samia Suluhu, though her Twitter account has expressed grief and sent condolescences to the grieved families.

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