Toddler, 2 men killed at illegal mine in Malawi

Two men and a two-year- old girl died on Christmas Day at an illegal mine in Malawi’s central regional lakeshore district of Salima after the mine collapsed and buried them alive.death1

Police Public Relations Officer for Salima, Gift Chitowe, confirmed the incident in an interview and identified the three as Adams Mwale, Jusitino Bajesi and Linda Jakamus who were aged 24, 25 and two years respectively.

Mwale came from Mpaliro Village T/A Chatoloma in was Kasungu district, while Najesi came from from Sangwa Village T/A Khombedza in Salima district. Jakamusi came from Sadzu Village,  Salima.

Chitowe said that the toddler was in the company of her mother who survived the accident with injuries.

He said the accident happened around 8.00 am Thursday on the banks of the Lilongwe River in the area of Group Village Head Sadzu.

Chitowe said that people had been flocking to the area for the past two weeks to search for gemstones which officers from the Ministry of Mines have identified as a type of granite stones.

“In the process, the people have dug big tunnels and shafts on the banks of the river. On this particular day, the deceased and the survivor were inside the tunnel when it suddenly crumbled and the top soil buried the three,” said Chitowe.

He said the mother of the child survived the accident and had been admitted to Salima district Hospital.

Chitowe said that the wet condition resulting from the rains that started falling on Wednesday had weakened the soil leading to the collapse of the illegal mines.

The granite stones were discovered some weeks ago and since then, the area has been turned into a mine as people are flocking in large numbers to mine the stones.-Reporting by Malawi News Agency

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11 thoughts on “Toddler, 2 men killed at illegal mine in Malawi”

  1. Kanyimbi says:

    Pali uchi pamakhalanso njuchi. Angodikira Mvula ikatha ayambenso mgodi wina. Ngakhale ku Joni migodi imapha anthu palibe chachilendo apa.

  2. true says:

    Stupid mother. She must face the law for endangering the life of her two year old. What was she thinking. Money first the safety of her daughter last. Umphawiwo wabwera lero. Uchitsiru. Don’t treat her she must follow the daughter.

  3. December says:

    Peapani Okhudzidwa nonse. To those injured GETWELL SOON.

  4. bamusi says:


  5. gulugufe says:

    Rather garnet, a semi precious stone.

  6. Simeon says:

    Do somtng!

  7. gulugufe says:

    Get your facts right, no granite is a precious stone.

  8. butie says:

    eish how can they go with 2year baby to amine

  9. its happening like dat becoz of mass unemployment &poverty

  10. mohaamed malinga says:

    RIP and to the mother get wellsoon

  11. Namalila says:

    This is where I personally have a problem with our government. We are very slow in reacting to matters
    For example we may see people encroaching the restricted lands no body comes out urgently and stop them. Once they advance developing the place, then you see them coming quelling with the encroachers ,and you would wonder, where were they all this time?
    Similary in this case, where were the government machinery to assess the risks of the place before a misfortune happens?
    We hear they confirmed that the precious stones were granite, where did the government officials thought these people were getting the scarce mineral?
    Someone somewhere was reckless.
    Please let us work up and love our country and our people.
    Best wishes of the New year!

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