Lilongwe man found dead in a septic tank

A man identified as Kasawila Samuel Kudakwache Lupwayi is confirmed to have drowned in a canal during the rains of second January that hit the capital city.

Man was found dead after he was drowned in a canal
The place has been cordoned off by police

The incident happened in Lilongwe’s Area 3, at a place where Lilongwe City Council is digging a canal across an alley running from the southern side of National Bank towards Malawi News Agency offices.

An eye witness who opted for anonymity said: “I saw a man coming from the side of the national bank. He was crossing to this side. The water was at the waist level. So I called one of the salesmen to come and see what was happening. Then the man stepped one step ahead; the water was at the neck and within a second he disappeared.”

The drain which the city council is digging connects to an underground tunnel outside the shops close to the place where the drain is being dug. The underground tunnel runs down to the Shoprite area.

“So we called the fire brigade within 20 minutes. They came and opened one septic tank, they didn’t see anything. They went also to another tank that side, they didn’t find anything, so they said they would come after the rain because it was still raining. So next day in the morning we just heard that the guy had been found in the area around Shoprite but was already dead,” explained the anonymous source.

But on Wednesday, six days after the incident, shop owners and vendors who sell various items around the place said a bad smell was coming from the septic tank and they thought it is the person that they had seen drowning. When they opened it they could not see clearly as to whether what they saw in the tank was really a person. Thursday morning dawned to the news that there was really a dead man at the septic tank after it had been excavated during the night by persons responsible.

In an interview on Thursday Lilongwe police spokesperson, Joseph Kachikho, said the police did not receive any report about the man who was found dead at the Shoprite area. Kachikho however said police identified the man who was found in the tank as Blantyre based businessman who had come to Lilongwe to inspect his house which is being constructed at Biwi.

He said: “People should avoid crossing on waters even if it appears to be shallow because the place where Lupwayi stepped appeared to be shallow but when he stepped in, he was carried away by the water.”

Lupwayi who hailed from Jeila, T/A Chikulamayembe in Rumphi district was born on 18 June, 1972.

People who work around the place have faulted the city council for not putting any sign to indicate that people should not use the passage despite requests made to them.

“So these guys from the city came. On the third of January they were still working but they put no warning. So what was happening is that when people want to cross, the people of the shops close by were shouting ‘don’t cross.’ So on the third nothing, on fourth nothing, fifth, sixth…It is today that they have put the tape,” explained further the anonymous source.

“They dug a drain and they put no any sign around the drain. When the rains came, it filled with water,” said another eye witness, Lyson Nangoma.

Vendors who do their businesses around the place closed the hole that connects the drain being dug to the underground tunnel to prevent a similar incident when they saw that no safety tape was put by the people who were digging the drain.

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jogoda
jogoda
1 year ago

I THINK MAYBE THE CITY IS USING UNQUALIFIED STAFF WHO UNDERSTANDS SATETY STANDARDS IN CONSTRUCTION. AT LEAST THEY NEEDED SOMEONE TO SUPERVISE WHO KNOWS SAFETY ISSUE. AKUPANGA NGATI IFE ORDINARY PPLE

Mpeusa Mphonda
Mpeusa Mphonda
1 year ago

City Council why dont you observe safety

Opportunist
Opportunist
1 year ago

Our drainage system is pathetic

Joni
Joni
1 year ago

Looks like a lawsuit is necessary for neglect of duty and endangering public life by the City Council and the Fibre Installation Company……..Their negligence has caused unnecessary loss of life, orphans, widows…..loss of a bread winner.

Can Legal minds brainstorm comment and advise please.

Limma
Limma
1 year ago
Reply to  Joni

I totally agree with you.

Joni
Joni
1 year ago
Reply to  Limma

Thanks……how can we assist this family guys…….volunteer lawyers please. The deceased was a family man……has left behind a widow, small children….may not be able to go to school because of some stupid negligent city council and fibre technicians…….please volunteer lawyers, come up and assist so that these city council officials should not do this again…….let us save future lives of our people……let us save public lives from these careless individuals…..

Mwana wa Anabanda
Mwana wa Anabanda
1 year ago

Can heads roll at department of town planning? Why do our cities look like villages?

Answer
Answer
1 year ago

We have become pathetic, you mean the first ones saw it and remained quite. The y can be jailed for concealing a death.

National CEO
National CEO
1 year ago

One evening I was having a jolly walk from Area 3 to Chinsapo 1 in Lilongwe city. A certain contractor was digging a trench for cables, No signs were there to warn people walking, I fell in the trench which was deep up to my neck, by God’s grace I was not hurt. badly, only bruises. Please Lilongwe City Council, protect pedestrians.

Victor Mhango
Victor Mhango
1 year ago
Reply to  National CEO

This constitute a law suit. City council is responsible for the death of my brother Samuel Lupwayi. He was a bread winner and survived by a wife and four children. How are these siblings meet their ends?. The family needs to take legal action against Lilongwe City Council. This is very bad.

Nebo
Nebo
1 year ago
Reply to  Victor Mhango

very very sad Kasabila, Why die like this?

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