President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that the families of the four people who died after an explosion at GMB Lions Den will receive state assistance. In a condolence message, the president also called for all grain silos to be inspected to make sure that they meet all safety checks.
We publish the president’s statement in full below:
CONDOLENCE MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, CDE E.D. MNANGAGVVA, FOLLOWING DEATHS FROM AN EXPLOSION AT THE GMB LIONS DEN SILO COMPLEX ON 28TH, AUGUST 2018.
I learnt with deep sadness of the death yesterday of four Zimbabwean workers as a result of an explosion at the GMB Lions Den Grain Silo Complex. The four died in the line of duty as they sought to secure our Strategic Grain Reserves stored at many sites which include Lions Den. Whilst investigations are still underway, initial indications point to a possible electrical fault exacerbated by combustible gases in tunnels which, sadly, may have caused the fatal explosion which trapped the four.
On behalf of the Party, ZANU-PF, Government and on my own behalf, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families which have lost their loved ones. In the same vein, I wish a speedy recovery to all those injured in the valiant rescue efforts that followed the explosion. Our Nation applauds those brave souls who put their own lives at risk in a bid to help the trapped workers.
I have already instructed relevant Government arms to ensure that appropriate State assistance is extended to all those caught up in the explosion. In addition, I have directed that all silos in the country immediately undergo safety checks, and that necessary remedial and preventive measures be promptly undertaken and instituted in order to avert any such mishaps now and in future.
immediately undergo safety checks, and that necessary remedial and preventive measures be promptly undertaken and instituted in order to avert any such mishaps now and in future.
May the souls of the four dear departed rest in eternal peace.