Embassy urges probe into death of 6 Chinese nationals in mine blast
The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Saturday urged a thorough investigation into the cause of a Mazowe nickel mine gas explosion that claimed six of the Asian country’s nationals in Mazowe Thursday.
The embassy made the plea in a statement Saturday.
The blast also killed two Zimbabweans.
The 7 October incident involved oxygen gas tanks that exploded at the mine in the Mazowe area, Mashonaland Central.
The tragedy happened on the day at around 1700 hours when Victor Mufakose, 29, and the now-deceased Kudakwashe Muzanenhamo, 38 were instructed by one of the deceased Chinise nationals to assist in making fire at the Nickel furnace.
After finishing making fire, they were given further instructions to help open the furnace which is sealed by a metal sheet and concrete to contain pressure.
During which process, Mufakose used a jack hammer to remove the concrete blocking the furnace entrance.
When they were about to ignite some cutting torch that uses gas bottles Mufakose received a telephone call from his wife. He excused himself and walked a few metres away. Whilst he was still on the telephone he heard a loud explosion and debris flying all over the place and he ran away in fear.
After a while, he returned back and saw bodies and body parts scattered all over the place.
They rushed back to the scene and noticed that one of the Chinese nationals Lyu Guangzhi was still alive but critically injured and was taken to Parirenyatwa group of hospitals where he is being treated.
The bodies were ferried to Parirenyatwa Hospital awaiting postmortem.
It was also established that on 6 October 2021 at about 1000hours a 11,5 another Oxygen Cylinder gas bottle exploded and killed Amon Munashe, 21, who works at the mine as an Assistant wielder.
Stewart Nkango, 27, Bernard Dzangwe, 27, and Terrence Magwaza, 23, who sustained injuries and bruises were taken to Concession hospital where they were treated and discharged.
The scene was attended by Ministry of Mines and the police. Inspector of Mines Bindura, Themba Hweju, 38, ordered the mine to stop all operations pending investigations. The company decided to ignore the directive resulting in the subsequent fatal mining accident.