The incident occurred on 18th October 2018 in the district. The deceased, Godfrey Leman Mafiyo, was working as a casual labourer (tenant) at Tadziwana Farm which is located within Chimuti Village in the area of Traditional Authority Zulu in Mchinji.
According to Mchinji Police Station’s Public Relations Officer, Inspector Kaitano Lubrino, on the material day at around 14:00 hours the deceased escorted his friend Tomasi Yokoniya Phiri who wanted to source some poles which he intended to use them for the maintenance of his temporary shelter at the farm.
The Farm Manager, Josophat Phiri (51) of Mchekeni Village, T/A Njewa in Lilongwe confirmed that he allowed the two to get the poles within the farm’s woodlot, but later, he was shocked to hear from Phiri that his friend, Mafiyo, had died.
Phiri informed the farm manager that after they had identified a bluegum tree of their choice, he started cutting the tree not knowing that it would land on ESCOM’s live wires.
Having no knowledge that the tree had conducted electrical current, he innocently beckoned his friend to assist him to remove the tree from the main lines. Immediately when Mafiyo contacted the tree he was severely electrocuted and died on the spot.
Traumatized, Phiri after he had narrated this incident sneaked and disappeared.
A postmortem examination will be conducted today 19th October at Mchinji District Hospital so as to establish the cause of death.
Meanwhile ESCOM’s Public Relations Manager, Innocent Chitosi expressed sadness on the development.
“ESCOM is deeply saddened by the development. On behalf of the corporation I extend my condolences to the believed family. On the same let me advise members of the general public to exercise caution with ESCOM infrastructure. The first thing is to inform us whenever they are working near our infrastructure actually we recommend that they should be 7 meters away from our facilities,” said Chitosi.
Godfrey Leman Mafiyo (23) hailed from Mwawaya Village, T/A Khombedza in Salima.