The scene of the accident

BLANTYRE (Sergio Genti, Malawi NewsNow) –  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Public Relations Manager, Mr Innocent Chitosi, has called on the public to be involving the utility body whenever they are carrying out any activity near its infrastructure.

Mr Chitosi has said this following the death of three people after a ladder they were using to replace Shoprite banners fell on overhead power lines. One is battling for life at at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

“We are saddened by the incident that occurred but our appeal is that people should be involving us whenever they are working near our infrastructure. For instance, the line that passes through that place carries 11,000 volts, which is a lot of power; so, we should be involved so that we help each other and avoid such occurrences.” Chitosi said.

Blantyre Police Station spokesperson, Augustus Nkhwazi, said police are still investigating the matter.

“We received a report from one William Mauya, 48, of Nakholo Village, Traditional Authority Kaduya, in Phalombe District, who is the contractor of William General Maintenances. He contracted three casual labourers to help him replace billboards belonging to Shoprite. Unfortunately, while working, they fell on an electric wire,” Nkhwazi said.

Nkhwazi said Mauya reported to police that he does not know names of the victims.

However, one of the survivors, has been identified as 31-year-old Victor Namweto.