Malawi: Newly appointed high court judge dies in freak accident

Justice Nyakwawa Usiwausiwa, an honourable judge with Malawi’s High Court has died in an accident around 1500hrs this afternoon in the country’s capital Lilongwe.

According to the facts available, Usiwausiwa was driving in a grey Toyota Prado, when he lost control of the vehicle while approaching a gentle bend.

His car ploughed into an open field and three tires burst on impact before the vehicle ground to a violent halt. The impact of the accident is said to have torpedoed him onto the windshield of the vehicle causing him fatal injuries.

He had been appointed as a judge of the high court in December 2016, having served at length as a magistrate. He was seen as one of the rare breed of principled justices in Malawi.

Tributes began pouring in immediately.

Side view of the vehicle in the aftermath of the accident that has claimed one of Malawi's brightest stars
Side view of the vehicle in the aftermath of the accident that has claimed one of Malawi’s brightest stars
Crowd gathers at the scene of the accident
Crowd gathers at the scene of the accident
Despite superficial damage to the car, the judge lost his life
Despite superficial damage to the car, the judge lost his life
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