Zingwangwa man dies after being ‘electrocuted’: Amos Phombeya

A 33-year-old man identified as Amos Phombeya died due to electric shock in Zingwangwa Township in the city of Blantyre on Monday night as he tried to fix an electric fault.

The incident happened around 8pm when one of his tenants called him to her house to check on an electricity problem which occurred in the tenant’s house.

Phombeya suffered an electrick shock when he tried to fix the problem although he was not an electrician.

According to Atupele Gogoda a tenant of the house, she called Phombeya the land lord to fix the electrical problem considering that he had done it before.

“Things just happened as if I was dreaming because my landlord only touched the main switch in order to find out the problem and suddenly very strong shock pushed him down and  he never woke up and I started  shouting for help,” explained Gogoda.

She said the incident was then reported to police by Macwel Thengo who is a relative to the deceased.

Confirming the incident Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Andrew Mayawo said when they heard about the issue they rushed to the scene and took the victim to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for medical attention.

“Unfortunately Phombeya was certified dead due to electric shock by the medical personnel after undergoing medical examinations”.

Mayawo said incidents like this were becoming common because people try to fix electrical problems on their own without informing Escom officials.

“I would therefore like to urge all Malawians to call Escom officials or trained electricians to fix electrical problems in their houses in order to avoid incidents like these,” said Mayawo.

The deceased came from Salama Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Phombeya in Balaka district.

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Yohane chimaliro

Shaa zomvetsa chisoni kuwaitana a escom mkumayakha kuti tilibe mafuta oyendera galimoto koma zooona abale zimenezi? Ndithu mabwana muchitepo kathu.


zoona a escom faults especially”limbe””” donot answer calls. Zikuoneka ngati ajaila kwambiri. Mabwana muchitepo kanthu.

Bright phiri

So sad yes RIP


Masilamusi amenewa????

asavela mbekile

Agalu a escom mwaphetsa munthu coz you neva come when called to attend to faults, mbuzi!!!!!!!!!!!


There is no T/A Phombeya in Balaka.

Alick kholopa

Kulibedi TA Phombeya kubalaka


Its sad to the family , however ESCOM fault staff are linient in responding to faults , for example yesterday it rained heavily and hail storm in blantyre and some of electricity connections developed faults cuasing blackouts , we reported the matter around 6pm , we were promised that we will come to attend to the problem but nothing happened up to today 24th , i had to call again surprisingly i was told tilibe mafuta , ndiye uzidikira pamene azapeze mafuta . Achite kanthu anthu amenewa

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