One dead, three battling for life after Shayona Cement Factory fire accident

Three employees of Shayona Cement Factory in Kasungu are battling for their lives at Kamuzu Districtl Hospital whilst their friend had already died to the hot ashes that poured at them during the course of their work.

The deceased Yeremia Kaonga, 21, from Chimgole village in Traditional Authority (TA) Wimbe in the district, was with his colleagues inside the room where they process cement.

According to police reports, the victims where one is an Indian were rushed to the district hospital, upon which they were referred to the KCH where one died whilst receiving treatment.

Deputy police publicist, Sub Inspector Edina Mzingwitsa told Mana that the accident is as a result of the workers forgetting to close one door of the clinker.

“So when they switched on the furnace, the cement stone busted from the clinker and produced hot ashes which covered them

One died in the process of receiving treatment whilst the other three are in critical condition,” Mzingwitsa explained.

Mana investigations have revealed that the proper treatment for such burnt wounds, are specially drugs which are supposed to be from United States of America (USA).

The victims are: Yotamu Kalisha Wale, 21, from Nyanda Village, T/A Chitantha-Mapiri and William Mwenda, 26, from Yona Village, T/A Wimbe, both from Kasungu. The Indian is Ramashakr Prasad aged 34.—(Reporting by to Malawi News Agency)

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14 thoughts on “One dead, three battling for life after Shayona Cement Factory fire accident”

  1. Andy Wa Ku Shayona says:

    Please Ministry Of Labour Would You Come To Our Rescue Here At Shayona Cement Factory? To Say The Fact There Is No Safety At Shayona. We Dont Have PPE’s. This Accident Could Jabe Claimed Many Lives. No Safety At Shayona And The Whole Welfare Of Employees Leaves Alot To Be Desired. Imagine Someone Pocketing As Little As 12000 As His Salary. We Are Still Slaves At Shayona.

  2. Changers says:

    There are doors in the kilns but neglect makes employees work with doors open. And for issues of low wages, that blame should go to the government because they regulate the wages. There more accidents happening on the roads of Malawi and no one has advocated that we close these roads. There accidents in industries world over. Those that have been to South Africa will agree with me. Perhaps it is good to check the laws of our country before we can vent our frustration on Shayona Cement Factory.

  3. Shoes says:

    When you are working on a cement plant, you are supposed to complete work permit to make sure everything is safe before starting operating the plant on daily basis…

  4. AKaliramanda says:

    Ma indians siwanthu awayi they called us donkey or dogs,invesgation kwathu kuno siioneka kuti afufuza apeza chiyani.kunena zoona boma lathu ndilosadalilika akungodya ndala zaulele kapena nditi angotibera ndalama basi,check this outu.

  5. KANDAWE says:

    THIS IS NOT FIRE ACCIDENT BUT AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY THE BURST OF CLINKER AND LET ME TEL U AM FROM SHAYONA I KNW KILAN PLACE, THE KILAN ITSELF IS VERY OLD AND IT DESERVE TO BE REPLACED BY A NEW ONE, FAILING THAT WE SHOULD EXCEPCT MORE DEATHS AS IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME TO HAVE SUCH ACCIDENT, SO PLIZ MINISTRY OF LABOUR DO SOMETHING BE4 WE LOOSE MORE LIVES

  6. Zakeyo Chammeza says:

    Those who have been at Shayona and have worked there will know exactly what happened. Commenter no 1 here has a good question which has propted me to come in as the one who has been their twice for educational visits. Here it is indicated that those workers forgot to close some spaces which were to shut down, but in real sense there is nothing like doors to be closed in the process of making clinker. The machine is made like that with openings which must’nt be shut. The machine is some how old it just need some repair and workers must be well trained how to opperate a kiln. Due to low payment the coumpany is paying, employees are not stable there and they are employing new and unskilled employees on daily bases. This is true. In short this was and must not be that the factory catched fire but kiln bursted.

  7. mohammed malinga macheya says:

    RIP.May Allah heal the wounds of those in the hospital and for the company arrange adecent funeral service and consider the widow and the kids of the deperted one.

  8. weng wau says:

    Too bad

  9. wa chelsea uja says:

    Is that fire….?

  10. Atcheya says:

    Health and safety is required. Consider this please.

  11. Achanda Atonga says:

    Sorry for this sad news. My story writer, we don’t have Kamuzu District hospital in Malawi unless u tell me this hospital is in Alomwe region, but as far as I know, we don’t have this district hospital, maybe because I am not part of Malawi. Let it be Kamuzu Central hospital ok

  12. Onasiwelo says:

    MAy the soul of the departed one rest in peace and may GOD heal the injured, but a concern most companies which are run by these Indians do not have safety measured if a good in investigation is done you will be surprised to see that, they look at us Malawians as dogs which is not good.

  13. What is Mr. Hlale Nyangulu and his safety team doing at the Labor Ministry. What is Henry Mussa doing about companies that are violating the Occupational Safety Act? It is high time this Indian led cement company was closed. Death of a worker is a serious case and attracts millions of dollars in the USA. Malawi is led by a former cituzen of the USA and we expect high standards from just like Kamuzu. The man at the top is still enjoying his honey moon with his wife Gertrude.

  14. Ine says:

    Is this a fire accident or just clinker ‘busted’, I’m not even sure what that means!

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