Mzuzu woman dies from electrocution at her home

A 21-year-old business woman died on Saturday due to electric shock, from Escom wire, that passed over a house she was staying in at Masasa location in Mzuzu.

The house which was electrocuted

Mzuzu Police Station, Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO), Paul Tembo said the deceased, Flora Peter Soko stayed in non-electrified  house,  but  the Escom  wire which is connected to neighbour’s house, Mr chinthochi  passed  over the roof of the house she rented.

He said on March 23, 2019,the deceased, washed her clothes and wanted to hang them on the rope which is also connected to her house.

Tembo said in the process she was pushed by electric shock and got unconscious.

“The house got electrocuted and the line she wanted to hang on clothes was electrocuted. The deceased washed her clothes and when she tried to hang them on a line she got electrocuted,

Her neighbour, Chrissy Amon, who saw the incident, thought Soko was Epileptic and rushed to rescue her but she got electrocuted as well,” he said.

Amon said the deceased washed her clothes and wanted to hang on the rope, unfortunately she was electrocuted.

“I saw Flora hanging clothes on the line; surprisingly she fell on the ground. I thought she suffers from Epilepsy without knowing that it was a result of electric shock,” Amon said.

“I rushed to rescue her, but I was electrocuted after touching her. I then shouted for help and her (deceased) sister came from bathing room, when she touched her she too was pushed away,” she said.

Amon said this is when people around knew that the lady was not epileptic but it was electric shock.

“A business person, Antony Chisale, 48 was nearby and he rushed to cut the rope after seeing what happened.

Postmortem examination which was conducted revealed that death was due to electric shock.

Amon said Escom helped with a coffin and a vehicle to transport the funeral and people from Mzuzu City to Nsanje District which is the home district of the deceased.

Soko hailed from Kaitano village, Traditional Authority (TA) Mgabu in Chikwawa District.

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There are three people who were purportedly electrocuted according to this reporter. He even alleges the house was electrocuted. How come only one died? I didn’t know one can get eletrocuted and not die. Koma…

Hora
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Hora

Much as the incident talked about is a sad one and that the nyasa times editorial board is asleep ,we can not at this juncture blame escom before ascertaining whether it is escom’s fault or not . Escom might either be deemed innocent or guilty only after it has been proved that the wire in question was routed too low by escom ., also it must be established as to for how long the said wire has been that low,otherwise we should also remember that often we tend to claim that we are assisting each other by cutting corners by… Read more »

Kambewa chisale
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Escom must compasate the relative of the deaced person.

Kaz
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Kaz

It looks like many people were electrocuted…Can electrocuted person still be alive. Help a brother

Scholastica Bombe
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Scholastica Bombe

Most of our lawyers are not as patriotic….they always need money but this is one of the numerous examples of winnable cases that even a second Chanco law student can win…..no wonder anyamata a ku LL amayamba kukayimira okha mukhoti….kodi za ku Area 18 second phase suspicion and findings of “manure” water zili pati kodi? we want to know!

Fatchness
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Fatchness

Very sad and avoidable circumstance were escom to follow their own electrification standards.

On an interesting note…..nyasa times editors….can you please enlighten me how a non living thing…in this case a house….can get electrocuted????

What English standard do you use?

National CEO
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National CEO

Was the electric wire hanging so low? or she used a ladder? ESCOM compasation needed

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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Chilungamo Chimawawa

so no one is talking of suing ESCOM!!!! Is it because the lady was poor right? Else its because she is not related to Mutharika or DPP gurus right??? I need answers!!!!!!

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Sad

APM2014 Boma
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APM2014 Boma

stupid escom. why pass wire over a house?