Explosion kills four at Chinhoyi GMB silos; ministers visit site

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By Staff Reporter

FOUR people died after an explosion rocked the Chinhoyi Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depot in Mashonaland West province Tuesday afternoon.

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi who visited the scene of the blast confirmed the accident.

“At least four people have died in the blast which at this stage is suspected to have been caused by an electrical fault,” said Ziyambi.

Sources said Agriculture minister Perrance Shiri also visited the depot with investigations now underway to ascertain the cause of the blast.

Witnesses said the number of those who died could actually be five.

“GMB employees here are saying a roll-call was conducted and five people could not be accounted for,” heard.

“However, there are four bodied here for now with three injured one seriously who has since been taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital.

“There was a fire at a higher level of part of the depot before an explosion at the bottom. It looked like the fire was caused by an electrical fault.”

In June during the heat of the election campaign a grenade blast rocked Bulawayo’s White City Stadium moments after President Emmerson Mnangagwa had addressed a Zanu PF rally and as he and senior government leaders were leaving the podium killing two while dozens were injured.

Authorities claim they are still investigating although Mnangagwa has argued it was an assassination attempt on him.