Malawi Police yet to finalise investigations on BWB death

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By Catherine Tinto

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) maintains that it has not gathered any recent information on the dead body that was found at a Blantyre Water Board (BWB) machinery at Ndirande in Blantyre.

The MPS earlier indicated that it was conducting investigations on the incident.

Blantyre residents were on Thursday last week shocked with the news that a dead body had been discovered at the board’s facility.

The body is said to have been found during an inspection at the Ndirande Malabada plant by BWB staff.

Following the development, people in the area demanded a thorough examination of the water supplied by the board following fears of contamination.

There however have been conflicting statements between BWB and the police on the exact position of the body when it was being found. 

In a statement, the board’s spokesperson Evelyn Khonje claims that the chamber where the body was found is not directly linked to the water supply system and that their water is safe for consumption as it is always disinfected by chlorine.

On the other hand the police confirmed through local media that they retrieved the body from the utility body tank which the board through its Chief Executive Officer Daniel Chaweza has dismissed.

When questioned on the progress of investigations regarding the dead body, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera indicated that he was yet to receive a report on the matter while efforts to get comments from the BWB proved futile as the neither the CEO nor the PRO’s mobile phones could be reached. 

Observations by Capital FM in supermarkets across Blantyre however establish that there has been a sudden rush for imported water among most shoppers around town.

 

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